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Catalonia’s Reckless Independence Bid

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The Catalan independence referendum was bold but impetuous, and the regional government now faces hostility from Spain and lacks support from any EU member state. Project Syndicate writers examine the implications for Spain, the EU, and other aspiring secessionists.

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