The arguments of Madrid against independence

Myths and falsehoods of the catalan independence movement

EL PAÍS analyzes 10 claims commonly made by separatists to support their cause

By Xavier Vidal-Folch and José Ignacio Torreblanca

The Catalan pro-independence movement bases its claims on a set of emphatic and oft-repeated assertions. These range from historical beliefs (that there was, for example, a war of secession in 1714 that resulted in a subjugated Catalonia) to economic maxims (Spain is robbing us, we’d be richer outside Spain).

These assertions are all false. EL PAÍS has analyzed 10 of the myths that are used to support the separatists’ story, and found that not one of them withstands detailed scrutiny.