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Surely it would have been better for this intense wish for independence to have been acted upon during the good times. But then, there wasn’t time, as everyone was too busy on a feeding frenzy!
The push for independence predates the financial crisis by several years. That said, the crisis has provided a platform for opportunistic politicians to push for independence, in part, to cover their own limitations. I believe that Mas has backed-away a bit, saying that because EU membership is not guaranteed, independence from Spain is very difficult to obtain at this time.