KW: The Spanish authorities have moved to crush any vestige of democracy blooming in Catalonia. No doubt acting under orders from EU bureaucrats (taking their orders from their Washington masters). Despite only accounting for about 16 percent of the Spanish population, Catalonia represents about 25 percent of all Spanish exports, and it accounted for 23 percent of all Spanish industry, according to the regional government. Catalonia’s 2013 regional product was 203.62 billion euros ($228 billion), according to the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia — about 20 percent of Spain’s 2013 GDP of $1.04 trillion euros ($1.17 trillion). So there is plenty of reasons why Spanish authorities want to keep Catalonia from breaking into an independent country of its own.