12/22/2017 (Fri) 16:01:43
The other side of the story: what Madrid can do.
They should prove to the Catalan people that they do better within Spain than outside of it. Encourage people to have more personal and professional (work related) connections with other parts of Spain. Give opportunities to form these. Place greater emphasis on the similarities of the people of Spain, on the common historical background (preferably not on the Franco era), for this they might need some foreign scapegoats, a common enemy to unite against (this migration crap could be a good opportunity, just look how the dialogue changed between Northern Hungary and Hungary, too bad - for Spain - Spain won't play that card). This is hard walnut to crack as meanwhile all these they have to be understanding toward Catalans and their wish to be distinct from the other people of Spain.