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The Catalan Crisis: Implications for Spain and Beyond

Catalonia’s unconstitutional October referendum and its subsequent unilateral declaration of independence brought the secessionist cause into the international spotlight. Fast forward to today, when several members of the Catalan government await trial in Spain and the fate of former regional President Carles Puigdemont, currently in Belgium, remains uncertain.

Date & Time

Dec. 18, 2017
10:00am – 11:30am

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The Catalan Crisis: Implications for Spain and Beyond

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Catalonia’s unconstitutional October referendum and its subsequent unilateral declaration of independence brought the secessionist cause into the international spotlight. Fast forward to today, when several members of the Catalan government await trial in Spain and the fate of former regional President Carles Puigdemont, currently in Belgium, remains uncertain.

How did this extraordinary chain of events come about? Will the upcoming Catalan regional election lead to further conflict, or is a peaceful, negotiated outcome still possible? And what are the implications for Spain, for the European Union, and for secessionist movements around the world?

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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more

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