A PEOPLE WHO CONSIDERS THEMSELVES A NATION IS ONE:

Catalonia votes on autonomy plan (BBC, 6/18/06)

The Spanish region of Catalonia is voting on a new charter that would declare it a nation within Spain.

If the “yes” vote for greater autonomy is successful, Catalonia, in the north-east, would become one of Europe’s most independent regions.

The draft plan allows for more independence in areas such as how tax is spent and immigration policies.

Latest opinion polls suggest most Catalans favour the plan, but more than half of all Spaniards reject it.

Yeah, but the Spaniards don’t matter.

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