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Is it convenient for Catalonia to be part of Spain

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Is it convenient for Catalonia to be part of Spain

Source: Fundació Catalunlya Estat

Date: 2011.

Published in: News & Politics, Travel, Business

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  • 1. Is it convenient for Catalonia to be part of Spain?
  • 2. Is it convenient for Catalonia to be part of Spain?  In 1993, Felipe González, ex-prime Minister, helped Barcelona to lose the possibility of being the seat of the European capital of medicine.  In 2003, José Maria Aznar, ex-prime Minister, helped Barcelona to lose the possibility of being the seat of the European capital of the food sector.  The Spanish government refused to ask for EEC financing of the line 9 of Barcelona underground.  In 2006, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, ex-prime Minister, refused to meet the conditions to allow Nissan to build a new automotive plant in Odena, near Barcelona. Catalonia lost another €400 millions in new investments. Incredible! (Source: Ramon Tremosa. Catalunya serà logística o no serà. 2007 and Francesc Sanuy. El Singular Digital: Economia 24.02.2010) 80
  • 3. Jordi Pujol, ex-President of Catalonia  The bridges between Spain and Catalonia are broken.  We cannot believe in the Spain of today.  During many years the majority of Catalan citizens had not had separatist feelings. Before I could find arguments against the separatist movement, now I fail to find any.  Becoming independent will not be easy. The other option is very simple, obliteration. In the light of this, people who would never have dreamed of doing so, will vote for independence. (Source: El Temps Nº 1391 del 8.02.2011 i Ara - aracrònicapolítica 26.01.2011) 81
  • 4. This political map was published in 1854 82
  • 5. No one listened to him  In this book published in the year 1985 the Catalan political leader and economist, Ramon Trias Fargas, said: “From the first day, the Madrid politicians understood that the most efficient way to keep a stranglehold on the Catalan autonomy was to keep it on the bread line, and dry bread at that. Self-government without money is like having a car without petrol. However we have to admit that for different motives we, the Catalans, have not been able to combat this strategy”. (Source: Narració d’una asfíxia premeditada. Ramon Trias Fargas. Editorial Afers 2011) 83
  • 6. State policies          Fiscal and Economic Education and Research Health and Social Security Sport and Culture Security and Defence Justice and Law and Order Trade and Industry Foreign policy Etc. Without a State we cannot have our own policies 84
  • 7. With the Castilian mentality, in their project for Spain there is no room for the welfare or the economic development of Catalonia 85