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4 October 2017, 15:28

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Catalan referendum might vitalize centrifugal tendencies in Europe - LPR sociologist

The Catalan referendum might fuel centrifugal tendencies in Europe, said an LPR sociologist and leader of the poll center 'Special Status' Alexander Protsenko.

More than two million Catalans took to polling stations on Sunday, 1 October 2017, and two million of those who took part voted "yes" to the question: "Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?" The 'Catalexit' supporters are worried with, besides the fact that the region has a long history of tussling over autonomy with Madrid, the current budget system making the Catalans pay more in taxes than is spent on their region.

The Spanish government said the vote was illegal, and pledged to stop it, instructing local police, Mossos d‘Esquadra, to block polling station and sending several thousand additional state police officers to the region.

"Centrifugal forces have been gaining momentum in the EU lately, and if Catalonia splits away from Spain it could encourage similar processes which are currently being toned down, but are still alive," he said. "If Catalan economy manages to overcome the departure from the EU shared economic space, it will raise concerns over the necessity of the space at all adding scores to eurosceptics who doubt the EU should be preserved as it is.

LuganskMediaCentre — 04 October — Lugansk