“Carles Puigdemont takes Slovenia as his model of how to form an independent state. The republic announced secession from Yugoslavia, then delayed it before extracting itself successfully in 1991. Five years later, it was recognised as a sovereign state by the European Union. Mr Puigdemont visited the Alpine nation to see how a country forces its way to freedom. Step forward to 2017, and the life-long separatist with a Beatles mop-top believes that he is about to do the same in Catalonia and form the world’s 196th country…” (The Times)