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Profile: Spain's Catalonia Region

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Catalonia is one of 17 autonomous areas of Spain, but as home to the country's second-largest city and 20 percent of its economic output, the region holds special prominence as its leaders seek independence.

History of separatism

— The history of separatism movements in Catalonia stretches back several centuries, including a decision in 1640 to align itself with neighboring France.

— More recently, in moves rejected by the Spanish government, voters in Catalonia approved...

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