Catalonian separatists facing resistance

Hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated in Barcelona for the unity of Spain under the motto "Enough! Let's go back to reason". In the meantime, in view of the threat of legal uncertainty after a possible declaration of independence, Catalonian banks and big companies have announced plans to move their headquarters to other Spanish cities. Are the tables turning for Catalonia's separatists?

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El Mundo (ES) /

Fear of being trapped in a lawless zone

It's no wonder the Catalans are shocked by the decision of the banks and major businesses, El Mundo comments:

“The exodus of the most international and reputable companies has left Catalan society confused and divided the separatist bloc. In addition to Sabadell, CaixaBank, Gas Natural, Aguas de Barcelona and many others, Albertis and other companies that don't want to be exposed to the risk of Puigdemont declaring independence have announced that they may also leave. The possibility of being trapped in a lawless territory controlled by a government that moves like a puppet of the anti-system coalition partner CUP is forcing these companies to leave Catalonia.”

Libération (FR) /

Economic interests promote peace

Catalonia could remain part of Spain for economic reasons, Libération postulates:

“Perhaps the economy is better than diplomacy, the police or the army at getting the people to come to their senses. The next days will confirm this - or not -, but what happened in Catalonia last week is very enlightening. This time a week ago Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was galvanised by the demonstrations in support of independence. ... But it was enough for the banks and businesses to sound the alarm and threaten to leave Catalonia, against a backdrop of falling stock prices, for the scales to tip in the opposite direction. All of a sudden those opposed to independence (who the polls put in the majority) felt the time had come to stand up and be counted.”

De Morgen (BE) /

The majority breaks its silence

The fact that the silent majority has now spoken out must be taken seriously, De Morgen advises:

“Whenever political incompetence menaces its lifestyle, the silent majority stands up and lets its voice be heard. ... In Spain it is distancing itself above all from the leaders who are jeopardising the peaceful co-existence of the various communities and cultures. There are two ways to rule as a political leader: either you embrace the silent majority and try to seek a realistic, moderate solution that appeases national sentiment. Or you play with fire, and those who have not spoken their minds will become angrier - and less silent - with every passing day.”