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Global Journalist: Catalonia's Drive to Leave Spain


A year after Scots voted on whether to leave the United Kingdom, the regional parliament in Catalonia has approved a plan to secede from Spain by 2017.

Spain's constitutional court has ruled the plan illegal and most of Spain's major political parties have united against letting Catalans have a referendum on secession. That's wrought anger in a region where Catalans already see Madrid as hostile to their interests, and spooked investors in a country hit hard by Europe's debt crisis. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the Catalan independence movement and the political tensions in Spain over the efforts by one of its most prosperous regions to break away.  

Joining us on the program:

  • Simon Harris, author of the book "Catalonia is Not Spain - A Historical Perspective."
  • Daniel Lacalle, chief investment officer of Tressis Gestión.
  • Luis Corteguera, professor of history at the University of Kansas.
Jason left Global Journalist in 2019
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