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Debt row fuels Catalan independence calls

20 September 2012 Last updated at 06:42 BST

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is to meet with the Catalan President Arthur Mas on Thursday, amid a clamour for independence in the north east region.

Catalonia has the highest regional debt in Spain - and has almost run out of money.

But many there blame the funding crisis on the Spanish government.

Tom Burridge reports.