Will an independent Catalonia join NATO?

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Catalonia's quest to recover independence has prompted governments world-wide to focus on two issues: the possibility of a Spanish default, and Catalan security and defence policies. Barcelona-based think-tank CIDOB held a round table on the 4th of June to discuss the latter. The day before, President Artur Mas had publicly confirmed in Parliament that Catalonia would be seeking direct membership in NATO, and the Military Studies Society (SEM) had published an unofficial white paper on defence budgets. After an introduction by one of the think tank's researchers, Marc Gafarot, in charge of the event, Barcelona University Professor F. Xavier Hernández Cardona and myself spoke.

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