Basque region joins forces with Catalonia, calls for Spanish government to allow independence

Spain was plunged into fresh turmoil as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the Basque region to protest against the government’s handling of the Catalonia crisis.

Some 40,000 people marched to demand the Madrid government respects the result of the Catalonia independence referendum.

That means Spain now has 2 large chunks of its territory backing calls for independence and greater autonomy – the Basque region, until recently, was fighting its own independence battle, often using violence.

Right in the heart of the EU there is a country on the brink of falling apart for exactly the same reason that Eurosceptic movements have been growing across the continent – people no longer want to be dictated to, they want to be in control of their own destiny.