Today is the National Day of Catalonia. The celebrations, which could bring out more than 400,000 people, are expected to reignite calls for independence, though pro-independence political parties are divided on how to proceed. Catalan President Quim Torra said he hopes National Day will help to solve that problem by bringing the parties under the same banner. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who came to power just last June, opposes secession but still plans to engage the region in dialogue. His position acknowledges the obvious: that Catalan secession isn’t some passing fad – in July, 46.7 percent of Catalans favored an independent state while 44.9 percent did not, according to a poll by the Centre d’Estudis d’Opinio – but that Madrid can’t afford to surrender parts of its territory. Now as before, other European governments, and their separatist regions, are watching closely.
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