Catalonia’s Independence Movement Is Running Out of Gas

Catalonia’s Independence Movement Is Running Out of Gas
A protester sits beside a Catalan independence flag at a demonstration during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Sept. 11, 2022 (AP photo by Joan Mateu Parra).

Five years after Catalonia’s leaders sought to break away from Spain through an illegal referendum, the independence movement has lost steam and the region’s separatist governing coalition has fallen apart. The story of how the Catalan government arrived at this moment can be told through three key dates over the past two months.

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