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Calls to boycott Catalan products could backfire on rest of Spain

  • Officials want to prove to the region just how much they need custom from the rest of the country

In the heat of the political crisis over Catalan separatism, another battle on social media rages, with frequent calls for the rest of Spain to boycott products made in Catalonia in order to prove to the region just how much they need custom from the rest of the country. After all, Catalonia exports more to just one region of Spain, its neighbour, Aragón, than it does to the UK and Germany combined.

Experts have pointed out that a boycott could do more harm than good, as many components of Catalan products are made in the rest of Spain. For example, corks for Cava bottles, a Catalan speciality, actually come from Malaga and tomatoes for oven-ready pizzas prepared near Barcelona come from Extremadura.