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All true, I limited my ideology description and typology so that my chart wouldn't wrap the text to the next line.

What you say about the nationalist element superceding the left/right element is important.  In the Basque Country, the PNV has no credible left opponent. The PCTV/EHAK is a marginal force, not of the relative equivalence of that ERC has to CiU.  ERC is the kingmaker, a nationalist coalition would render national national poltics meaningless in Catalan elections.

The development of divergent political systems like this will lead to the divergence of the Spanish regions, and possibly the disintegration of Spain in the long term. That would entail Balkanization, not a bright prospect for Western Europe.  Thus only a CiU-PSC coallition is acceptable. No one will pact with the PP save possibly the CiU, that means the two coalitions above are the only viable options.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2006 at 06:14:50 AM EST
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"No one will pact with the PP save possibly the CiU, that means the two coalitions above are the only viable options."

I hope I am right to think that not even CiU would dare pact with the PP, given the acrimony against anything catalan they have created.  


Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Thu Nov 2nd, 2006 at 06:29:45 AM EST
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Mas has even notarised his intention not to make a deal with the PP.

Honestly, if the National PP had not been so rabidly anti-catalan, Josep Pique could have taken a catalanist anti-nationalist position and done better at the expense of Ciutadans.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2006 at 06:36:52 AM EST
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In the Basque Country, the PNV has no credible left opponent.

EA is the credible left opponent of the PNV. It is a splinter party founded by the former PNV lehendakari Carlos Garaikoetxea and has in recent years been running in a coalition as PNV/EA, but I think the coalition is splitting apart again.

Aralar is also a credible left threat to the PNV, but if Batasuna does refound itself and renounce violence Aralar is likely to disappear by merging into it or into the PSE (as Euzkadiko Ezquerra once did).

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Nov 2nd, 2006 at 06:56:35 AM EST
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