Why do so many Catalans want to leave Spain?

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Since 2012, almost half the population in Catalonia wants independence from Spain. How come? Why did support for independence surge so much in 2012? 

This video was made in the context of regional elections in Catalonia dressed up as a referendum on independence on the 27. September 2015. There is also a Spanish version. Also, I’m happy to say the original analysis from 2014 remains one of the most popular explanations of the subject on Youtube.

Marc Chéhab
Somewhere between a social scientist and a journalist, I currently work as a news editor for major Swiss newspapers and manage the program «Peace & Security» at the think tank foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy. In 2015 I founded the website elcontexto.org, where in 2016 friends and I published the first «open-source» documentary about Venezuela and short documentaries about Catalan separatism and ISIS. Originally, I'm an IT engineer, but I later studied International Relations (MA) at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and Development and Peace Studies (BA) at University Of Bradford.
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