Nazis will Nazi. Spain is just another NK and Russia. Evil to the core.
It's funny because the law that was to underpin the referendum didn't get enough votes in Catalonia's parliament (72 out of the necessary 90), but the Catalan president went ahead with it anyway. So the referendum was illegal not only under Spanish law, but technically under Catalan law as well.
And then last week they went ahead and declared independence with a full 38% of voters' support. Much popular. Such democracy. Wow.
Nazis will nazi, Volourn will Volourn.
Catalonia is one of the wealthier regions of Spain, but they don't really stand to gain much from any independence as far as I'm aware. Especially since they'd lose EU membership, and from what I've read on the news some companies and banks have already cut bait after the referendum.
The actual cause goes back a ways what with fascist Spain actively trying to repress Catalonian culture, but I'm sure 213374U can give you more details on the matter.
The EU is behind the Spanish central government, so no, there won't be any rustling, let alone chatter - for various reasons. Unless it's not in any EU region and can be rubbed into the face of the "bad guys" (Kosovo and Serbia) we can't have a region seceeding, imagine what that would do to other regions in Europe, e.g. northern Italy - Lega Nord is already actively lobbying for more autonomy - or the entire hoohaw in the Ukraine. Accepting an illegal referendum would instantly legitimize Putin's annexion of Crimea.
Although to be honest as an outside I enjoy Rajoy making an ass of himself. I hate that guy any everything he stands for with a passion. As far as I'm concerned every EPP member can go to hell.
Catalan (and Basque, and Navarre) hardcore independence movements have always been marginal. There is a strong nationalist sentiment in those regions, but people in general don't really want to secede. The whole thing is a result of political buggery going back... decades. In Spain, major left- and right-wing parties have always required the support of smaller nationalist parties in order to pass their budgets and have a modicum of parliamentary stability. This has resulted in the aforementioned regions enjoying "preferential treatment" especially in fiscal matters (Basque country and Navarra actually have their own fiscal rules, grounded in historical privileges dating back to the 19th century and preserved for political expediency reasons, which now the Catalans want as well). This understandably is a source of tensions with the rest of -unprivileged- regions.
Fast forward to 2006, the Catalan Parliament passed a new autonomy law giving themselves the same fiscal prerogatives as any other region, and established their right to collect their own taxes, among other things. This law required a referendum in Catalonia for ratification, which also passed. Then-minority leader Rajoy counterattacked with some exquisitely hypocritical antics, and by raising a constitutionality question, which resulted in the law's most important articles being declared unconstitutional, and therefore null and void, four years later by the extremely politicized Constitutional Court.
After that, and especially after Rajoy's electoral victory, the secessionist movement has been growing stronger and bolder, not necessarily because people in Catalonia want to secede but mostly because they ****ing hate Rajoy's guts and his party of mafiosi and SS larpers and what they stand for, and apparently separatists are the only ones not in bed with them (even though they were until, like, yesterday).
So, against a background of economic depression, in one camp you have a bunch of wannabe fascists crying bloody murder because the very law they have zero interest in changing has been offended, and in the other you have a gang of opportunistic crooks (the guy now hiding in Belgium belongs to a party that has been one of the most dependable partners in crime of the party now in power in Spain) on a power trip about how the law doesn't apply to them anyway because "the people" are behind them. Only not really. Both, of course, thoroughly corrupt.
TL:DR this is really about gangsters fighting over money, and Spaniards are stupid as ****, on both sides of the Catalan border.
Edited by 213374U, 02 November 2017 - 10:18 PM.