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Catalonia’s Ill-Fated Vote

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The police crackdown that Spain’s government carried out in Catalonia to stop the region's independence referendum has drawn criticism of both the Spanish authorities and Catalan regional officials for holding the vote. So when is secession legitimate?

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  1. Preserving Spain
    A child wearing a Catalan flag on his back SOPA Images/Getty Images

    Preserving Spain

    Sep 30, 2017 Ana Palacio argues that recognizing Catalonia's “right to decide” on secession would shatter the Spanish constitutional order.

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    Sep 29, 2017 Joseph S. Nye, Jr. shows why the right of national self-determination falls short of being a primary moral principle.

  4. Is There A Right To Secede?
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