Catalonia’s independence referendum, planned for Sunday, October 1, will raise questions over what is at stake economically for the region if it is granted autonomy from Spain.
With its own language and cultural identity, Catalonia also has a different economic profile from the rest of Spain. It’s the country’s richest region.
Economic grievances are said to be one of the main motivations behind the independence movement. Many Catalan nationalists believe Catalonia is being dragged down economically by other regions, fueling their desire for independence.