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You neglect the secession option. After all, an economic crisis throwing people into poverty with no hope of a solution is the ideal breeding ground for fomenting hatred against those we know best : our immediate neighbours.

Catalonia has declared sovereignty; the Spanish government finds this sufficiently serious that they will challenge it in court. And now some interesting comments have come to light from a general :
Invasion of Catalonia an option, says general - The Irish Times - Fri, Mar 01, 2013

A Spanish general has suggested that the armed forces should consider invading Catalonia if the region attempts to break away from the rest of the country.

Juan Antonio Chicharro, a general in the marine reserve, warned that patriotic sentiment would take precedence over democratic rules in the face of a "separatist-secessionist offensive" by the northeastern region.

`The fatherland' 

"The fatherland is above and more important than democracy," he said. "Patriotism is a feeling and the constitution is just a law."

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Mon Mar 4th, 2013 at 07:32:55 AM EST

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