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Catalonia’s Setback May Not Stop the Advance of EU Separatists

  • Scotland seeking a second referendum on independence
  • Spain’s Basques watching events in Barcelona closely
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Barclays' Fernandez Says Catalan Question Not Over

Europe’s separatist movements aren’t going away.

While the threat of an immediate rupture in Spain has been averted for now, resentment simmers from Edinburgh to Venice. The frustrations stirred up by continent’s economic woes might have manifested themselves as an anti-immigrant populism in eastern Germany or the French rustbelt; but in Bruges, in Bilbao and in Barcelona they spurred separatist movements seeking to break away from Europe’s traditional nation states and strike out on their own.