Most Likely to Se­cede?

Newsweek - - CONTENTS - DAVID RAMOS

Vi­lafranca del Penedès, Spain— Per­form­ers known as cor­refocs dress as devils and light fire­works on Septem­ber 10 in the lead-up to Na­tional Day in Cat­alo­nia. The fes­ti­val com­mem­o­rates Septem­ber 11, 1714, when Barcelona fell to Span­ish troops af­ter a long siege and Cat­alo­nia was in­te­grated into Spain. An au­ton­o­mous re­gion in north­east­ern Spain, Cat­alo­nia has long flirted with in­de­pen­dence, al­though sup­port ap­pears to have waned in re­cent years. In Septem­ber, the Cata­lan gov­ern­ment started its of­fi­cial cam­paign for a ref­er­en­dum to se­cede from Spain, which the gov­ern­ment in Madrid says is il­le­gal.

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