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A shocking suggestion. I assume that Catalonia would depend on separate membership in the EU, and I wonder if they've considered what their position would be if the EU disintegrated. I like Barcelona, but I like Madrid better.
While employed by the US Navy I lived, for a couple of years, in
southern Spain in a little town called Puerto de Santa Maria. I loved
Spain, but for me, the area around Madrid -- and south -- was where it
was at. Barcelona was too busy and modern. From my limited
perspective, going back to the civil war and before, Spain has always
been divided along north/south lines, with the northwest reserved for
the Basques. I can see why Barcelona doesn't feel connected.