Key Words: Sunday’s referendum on independence from Spain is not about ethnic nationalism: longtime Catalonian political leader

In a “Lunch With the FT” interview a half-decade ago, longtime Catalonian political leader Jordi Pujol revealed that the drive toward independence for his northeastern Spanish region, unlike similar pushes elsewhere in Europe and beyond, is not, in his mind, about ethnic nationalism.

Rather, the now-87-year-old native of Barcelona told the Financial Times during that 2012 sit-down, it’s about the region’s expression of its distinct language and culture:

‘One of the main advantages we have, and the raison d’être of our nationalism, is our language and our culture. That is to say that Catalan nationalism is not an ethnic nationalism, not at all .

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