Oct 3, 2017
Although there has been little coverage of the events by the U.S. news media events have occurred in Spain that are threatening to tear this member of NATO apart. The northeastern region of Spain, called Catalonia is holding a referendum on declaring Catalonia an independent state. The Spanish government has declared the vote illegal and meaningless and has dispatched police to shut down the polling places.
This has resulted in hundreds of violent clashes between police and voters and also between the citizens of the region who are divided over the issue of independence. Leaders of other European nations such as Great Britain are highly critical of the actions being taken by the Spanish government.