After the revolution there were some independentist movements both in Madeira (FLM) and Azores (FLAMA).
But they soon realized that independence was unfeasible, as they had no economic chances to survive and so they choose to remain part of the whole country.
For the same reason, that's why Galiza, Extremadura or Andaluzia comfortably prefer to stay in an united Spain, benefiting from the more advanced regions under the economic umbrella of Madrid and Catalonia.
Catalonia, like it or not, has the capacity and ability to be a viable independent country.
The problem is entirely political and, worse, that hypocritic aberration of thepolitical correct.
Any african or asian nation from Burkina Faso to Bangla Desh, that choosed to become independent, no matter how poor or deprived of institutions, educated staff, etc, will have the blessing of the major powers, who will turn a blind eye to the emergence of a corrupt, thieve, ill-prepared "elite" who will welcome foreign investment provided they will receive their fee.
On a recent political debate, someone said that if it was of the interest of Germany, the Catalonia independence would be recognized tomorrow, as happened with Croatia, where Germany overruned the EU and all its partners who were not so hasty in recognizing the birth of a new country.
But apparently Germany is not that interested which is a shame for the catalonian independists.
: I suppose you would not say the same if
: Madeira or Açores had proclaimed their
: independence. And art 155 of the Spanish
: constitution is "softer" compared
: to art 233 and 234 of the Portuguese
: constitution. The Spanish Govt. does not
: have right of veto, like in your art. 233.
: Seriously, do you know any constitution that
: allows a secession of a region, state or
: province ?
: Of course all constitutions maintain the
: unity of the country, which doesn't mean
: that a region, state or province may not
: aspire to its independence or in a lesse
: grade, more autonomy.
: But if the central state remains closed in
: its ivory tower surrounded by the
: constitution, dialogue may proove a bit
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