Policy Article

Spain and Catalonia – Separatism is Harming Economically (original publication German only)


  • Laaser
  • C.-F.
  • Schrader
  • K.
Publication Date

The authors explain that the conflict over the independence of Catalonia threatens to impair the recovery of the Spanish economy. They show that Catalonia’s export-intensive, highly industrialized economy benefits from the close business ties with other Spanish regions and from the unrestricted access to the EU Internal Market. They conclude that in case of a unilateral independence these ties would be at stake at the expense of all parties involved.


Key Words

  • Catalonia
  • economic development
  • Economic Structures
  • regional integration
  • Separatism
  • Spain