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We take you to the 28 EU member states for a series of exclusive reports and interviews with local MEPs. Produced in partnership with the European Parliament. Saturday at 12.10 pm.

Latest update : 2017-12-23

To split or not to split? Where next for Spain and Catalonia? (Part 2)

It's the land of Dali, Gaudi, Pep Guardiola, tourism, industries, mountains, sea ports - and most recently, also very vocal and emotional separatist sentiment. Catalonia's regional election on Dec. 21 seems to have sparked as many questions as it gave answers: If 52 percent of the voters chose anti-independence parties, but the separatists won the biggest number of regional parliamentary seats, how can the region move forward?

As Catalonia and Madrid embark on a new chapter of Spain's separatist saga, our team has visited Madrid, Barcelona and beyond to find out more about the history of the region. Where does the independence movement come from? What role does Catalonia's distinct culture play in the separatist movement? And how might the central government handle the crisis?

In Part 2 we meet Pablo Casado, MP and spokesman of the “Partido Popular” (People’s Party), Spain’s leading party, tells us about why he doesn’t support an independent Catalonia. We also speak to Alejandro Cercas, a former MEP for the “Partido Socialista Obrero Español” (Socialist Workers’ Party), who is of a similar opinion.

Also in Part 2, Alix Le Bourdon, FRANCE 24’s correspondent in Brussels, tells how regions are represented in Brussels. Finally, are Catalans really subsidising poorer regions too much? FRANCE 24 correspondents in Spain, Sarah Morris and Mélina Huet, tell us more in their report.

Video: Stéphane Bodenne, Johan Bodin

Editing: Aude Gourichon

Sound: Colin Idier

By Catherine NICHOLSON , Alix LE BOURDON , Sarah MORRIS

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