Catalan Academics Press Separatist Drive

Professors Form 'Wilson Initiative' to Promote Independence from Spain

In the sulfurous debate over the future of Spain's wealthy Catalonia region, Xavier Sala-i-Martin is the most notable and quotable member of a self-styled truth squad of proindependence Catalan economists.

When the head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain warned in October that talk of a breakup was making foreign investors skittish, Mr. Sala-i-Martin retorted on Catalan radio that Spain was a "midget market" and globalized Catalonia would thrive on its own [...]

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