What happened with Catalonia’s vote for independence — and what’s next

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
PBS News Hour

Catalonia has long sought independence, but the most recent push began in 2010, when a constitutional court overturned an agreement giving it more autonomy, part of an effort by the central government to tighten its fiscal belt during the global economic downturn, Associate Professor of Political Science  and Co-Director of the Working Group on Social Mobility, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University Pablo Beramendi said in an interview with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Zachary Laub.

“Spain was in the midst of a major economic crisis and Madrid was forcing the Catalan government to implement draconian caps on education and health, especially after the conservative victory in November 2011, while accusing them of mismanagement,” Beramendi said.

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