A man waves a Catalan Senyera flag along with a Spanish Tricolor flag next to a man wrapped with a Catalan pro-independence Estelada flag during a protest outside the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on November 2, 2017. AFP / LLUIS GENE
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From the hammer blow of Brexit to turbulence in Catalonia, new forms of nationalism are testing the relevance and unity of the European Union, analysts say.The "Brexiteers" argued that money currently being paid by London to the EU would be better spent on the public health service, despite their financial figures being hotly disputed.Thillaye said the EU wants to avoid the proliferation of states at all costs and is doing everything possible to discourage independence movements, whether it be in Scotland, Catalonia or Corsica, who may at one point have seen the EU as an ally in their fight against the central state.The EU sided with Spain in the Catalan crisis and refused Scotland's demand for a separate status after Brexit.Bruno Yammine said this demonstrated that the danger posed by Catalan nationalism, and by extension all nationalist movements within the member states, is more than theoretical.
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