You will get a fast read of catalan history, including some surprises for you. The second is to comment that in Germany, nazi party is forbidden, but in Spain the Falange, that was a close friend of Hitler nazi party still is alive and is allowed that they runs in the public life (for example in the recent Arenys de Munt poll, where even the State attorney was a member of this party). The thirth is that in Germany the % limit of solidarity between lands in order not to cause damage to local economies is 4% of PIB, meanwhile Catalonia has been subsidizing with 8 to 10% of it PIB value to rest of Spain. Finally, the last of this short summary is that last week a policeman get to jail a woman because she talked him in catalan language (it happens from time to time, showing the underlying spanish reality).
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from the article: Torches in Barcelona