The economic crisis and tight national budgets have spawned increased calls for separate states for places like Scotland, Catalonia and South Tyrol. Most supporters say they'd be better off going it alone.
After declaring independence, Catalan leaders have fled while Madrid has taken over and called elections. What next for the divided region? Conflict Zone meets Alfred Bosch of the pro-independence Republican Left party.
Could the EU have mediated in the conflict? Yes, if it had been allowed to do so. Now, though, it must look to the future. There is no alternative to supporting the government in Madrid, writes DW's Bernd Riegert.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has the upper hand so far in Catalonia's bid for independence. But Europe should learn a lesson from the crisis and try to avoid such local blazes in the future, says Barbara Wesel.
Madrid is set to take action and limit Catalonia's autonomy. Barcelona still wants independence. DW's Barbara Wesel asks: What do the Catalan nationalists want? To live in the 21st century, or the 18th?
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