Catalonia: Proud and Prejudiced

In the far-flung region of Northeastern Spain lies an autonomous community comparable in size to the state of Maryland. Catalonia is an economic powerhouse, boasting impressive performance and growth in a country that is on the brink of default. Notwithstanding the region’s economic might, Catalonia’s turbulent past has been ridden with war and been subject to strained relations with Spain. Their cry: independence. Their threat: secession. Catalonia’s separatist movement has been belittled and dismissed as highly implausible by scholars and politicians alike. But after the vote passed on the Cataloania…

The Economic Implications of an Independent Scotland

With the referendum for Scottish independence swiftly approaching on September 18th, the political tension between those who back the movement for independence and those who believe in a unified United Kingdom has come to a head.  Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland and head of the “Yes Scotland” campaign for independence has taken to the streets, to television, and to any medium possible to spread the word about the strength and prosperity of an independent Scottish state. Naturally, he has been met with formidable opposition from both the Conservative…