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the Spanish Constitution...explicitly states the `indissoluble unity of the Spanish Nation'

But the definition of a nation usually includes commonality of language and culture. Catalonia is no less distinct on those terms than is Portugal or the Basque areas and Catalonia only became a part of Spain as a historical contingency, with the union of the crowns of Castile and Aragon, and Catalonia was about as different from Aragon as it was from Castile.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 16th, 2014 at 02:32:26 PM EST
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Now you're being unconstitutional.

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 Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Sep 16th, 2014 at 02:36:48 PM EST
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Not only history but also laws are written by the victor. The trick is to get people to keep observing them.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 16th, 2014 at 11:38:09 PM EST
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