HOMEMASS MEDIAXavier in the NewsSpain's next threat: Losing 20% of its economy
15 October 2012
Spain's next threat: Losing 20% of its economy
Mass media - News Sala i Martín

London (CNN) -- It's September 11, 2012. The National Day of Catalonia. And an estimated two million people are on the streets of Barcelona waving banners "Catalonia -- The next state in Europe" and "Independencia." [...]

However, Xavier Sala-i-Martin, a professor in economics at Columbia University, says that Mas is simply "following the crowd" on calls for sovereignty.
He said: "Up until September 11 his strategy was to go to Madrid and ask for a better financial deal or "fiscal pact" as he called it. I guess that the massive demonstrations convinced him that his people no longer want a better financial deal from Spain. They want independence. And he joined the bandwagon... Mas doesn't lead. He follows." [...]

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