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The past year has seen immense change in Europe with the exit of Britain from the European Union (EU) and the downfall of the Greek economy however, in more recent months the Spanish state of Catalonia has made multiple attempts for referendum. The state of Catalonia is located in south eastern Spain with cities such as Barcelona and Tarragona, it has it’s own language (Catalan), laws, and traditions. Because Catalonia is significantly different from its ruling country Spain, it has called for independence from the Spanish government. An outlying factor for the call for independence is not only of the significant differences in political, economic, and social factors, but also due to Spain’s economic crisis which left rich Catalonia financially supporting the poorer states of Spain. On October 1st, Catalonia fulfilled their announcement to hold a referendum where thousands of Catalonian people took to the streets to line up at ballot boxes around Catalonia. Around 43% of Catalans voted in the referendum, and of those 43%, around 92% voted for independence. As the referendum occurred, police from around Spain took effort to suppress the attempt for independence by destroying and removing ballot boxes around the state, and in some cases using physical force. Catalonia’s attempt for independence is not only a movement of the common people but strongly supported in the higher government. Catalonia’s own Parliament has been arguing for years on the decision to split from Spain, and the calls for independence are also seen in city councils. For example, many city halls may be seen waving the flags of Catalonia and the EU, while the Spanish flag is no where to be seen. Currently, the fight between Spain and Catalonia is still being debated and we may not see a concluding result for a long period of time.

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