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Spain's Crisis is Europe's Opportunity - Project Syndicate

The Catalonia crisis is a strong hint from history that Europe needs to develop a new type of sovereignty, one that strengthens cities and regions, dissolves national particularism, and upholds democratic norms. Imagining a pan-European democracy is ...and more »

Catalonia: What happens if it declares independence from Spain? - ABC Online

King Felipe VI said this week Spain was, "at a critical juncture for our existence as a democracy", following a vote for independence in Catalonia which Spanish police tried to violently suppress. Find out what's likely to happen next. First, Catalan ...and more »

Actually, Trump Was Right to Call Rajoy 'President' of Spain (Sort of) - Foreign Policy (blog)

President Donald Trump took plenty of heat when he referred to Spain's premier Mariano Rajoy as “President Rajoy” at a joint press conference at the White House last week. Twitter, as it is wont to do when Trump errs or it thinks Trump has erred, dove ...and more »

The Ghost of Franco Still Haunts Catalonia - Foreign Policy (blog)

Mariano Rajoy's use of violence against separatists wasn't an aberration. It was an authentic expression of Spanish conservatism. By Omar G. Encarnación. | October 5, 2017, 10:13 AM. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on February 24, 2015. (PIERRE ...and more »

A Catalan breakaway would make Brexit look like a cake walk - Financial Times

Catalonia remembered a grim anniversary on Friday. On October 6 1934, the then autonomous Catalan government staged an insurrection and proclaimed independence. It ended with the imprisonment of members of the Catalan government and the suspension of ...and more »

Catalonia: hundreds of thousands join anti-independence rally in Barcelona - The Guardian

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Barcelona to protest against the Catalan government's decision to push for independence, as Spain's prime minister warned that he was prepared to suspend the region's autonomy to stop it ...and more »

Why we should care about Spain's lurch towards civil war - South China Morning Post

For anyone keen to quantify the harm done by the 2008 global financial meltdown, and the decade-long recession that has followed, you need look no further than the catastrophe now unfolding in Catalonia. For those who found comfort in the moderation ...and more »

Catalonia's Paradox of Seeking Autonomy - U.S. News & World Report

Questions remain over the costs of a region trying to break away from a larger country, experts say. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images). Catalonia's Paradox of Seeking Autonomy. Questions remain over the costs of a region trying to break away from a larger ...and more »

Former Catalan leader says region not ready for 'real independence' - Financial Times

Catalonia's former leader has warned that the region is not yet ready for “real independence” as companies ramp up pressure on the separatist government to back away from a formal breakaway next week. The calls for the separatists to moderate or delay ...and more »

Catalonia's referendum unmasks authoritarianism in Spain - The Conversation US

Monica Clua Losada does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Partners. View all ...and more »