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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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