This morning I read in the newspaper that a Spanish Army colonel threatens actions if there are any moves towards independence from autonomous communities in Spain. Both Catalonia and The Basque country have been making nationalistic noises with reactions to the disaster that is the current Central Government. I have lived in Catalonia for a quarter of a century now and have never seen such a groundswell for independence with more and more Catalans considering that the way forward is as a national state. Imagine a Scotland where the Scots all speak a common language that is different to English (OK I know that happens in Glasgow) and where the English tell the Scots that they are English and that Scotland is an indivisible part of the country, which is more or less the situation that we find in Spain. A local town of just over 2,000 is considering declaring themselves Free Catalan territory next week. This is largely symbolic but the 11/9 is the Catalan National Day and there is a possibility of a huge series of demonstrations indicating the desire for independence. A Spanish Colonel has stated that the Mayor should be arrested for treason, and that he and sectors of the Army are disposed to die to maintain the territorial integrity of Spain. Herewith the theoretical question. If Catalonia declared independence and the Spanish army was sent in to re-establish Spanish hegemony, what would be the possible gamut of reactions of Europe and NATO in your opinion? I'd be interested, thanks.