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What actually happens in Catalonia? as it happens (3 Vídeos)

Catalonia is fighting for independence from its ruler, Spain. But can the autonomous community stand alone? How powerful is Catalonia?

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Catalonia profile - Overview 
"Proud of its own identity and language, Catalonia is one of Spain's richest and most highly industrialised regions, and also one of the most independent-minded."

Catalonia vote: Pro-independence parties win elections 
"Pro-independence parties in Spain's Catalonia region have won an absolute majority in regional elections. The main separatist alliance and a smaller nationalist party won 72 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament."
What's next for Catalonia, the Spanish region that wants to be Europe's next nation 
"The region is the wealthiest in Spain and has its own distinct cultural and political history, as well as longstanding grievances over various iterations of rule from Madrid."

Catalonia is known for its tourist destinations and its fight for independence. But what is it really like to live in the autonomous region?

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BBC: Catalonia vote: 80% back independence - officials 

CNBC: Catalonia is critical contributor to Spain's economy

Catalan News Agency: Barcelona is the fourth European city with the most tourists after London, Paris and Rome 

Catalan News Agency: Third quarter unemployment figures set Catalonia's rate at 19.10% and Spain's at 23.67% 

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More than a million people rallied for Catalonia's independence from Spain. What does this mean for the future of Spain? 


Obama Signals Opposition to Catalan Independence Push
Bloomberg Business -
'He follows German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron in speaking out against the Catalan secession process as voters in the region prepare for a Sept. 27 ballot that Catalan President Artur Mas has framed as a de facto referendum on independence. The Spanish government insists the separatists' plans are unconstitutional.'

Why Catalonia's bid for independence is Europe's next headache
The Telegraph -

'A move for Catalan independence could throw the EU into a new political crisis and create havoc for the Spanish economy, which is only just emerging from a long downturn.' 

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