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And you should see the acrimonious debates that go on regarding whether Valenciano is a separate language, and whether Catalans want to exercise imperialism on Valencia...

This was a tactless reference to exactly that controversy, a hyperbole aimed at Catalan hyper-nationalists who'd like to create a, how do I call it, Greater Catalunya. (I used to have an on-line friend from Valencia, BTW.)

It's all nonsense, and at the same time it is not.

Exactly.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Feb 14th, 2006 at 07:35:34 AM EST
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Anyway, before Valencia can break off Catalunya, Catalunya has to annex it.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 14th, 2006 at 07:37:35 AM EST
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But that's the bloody point!

To an 'strong' nationalist, that is a basic demand, just like a Basque nationalist would want the other provinces with Basque population joined to País Vasca and want that to become independent.

(Or another analogous thing, in 1848, the areas of the former Kingdom of Hungary were divided into two provinces within the Habsburg Empire, and even though in Transsylvania Hungarians were a small minority behind Romanians and Germans, one of the central - and fulfilled - demands of the Budapest revolutionaries was a union.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Feb 14th, 2006 at 08:09:20 AM EST
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If Spain lets Euskadi and Catalunya become independent, the joke will be on France.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 14th, 2006 at 08:11:39 AM EST
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