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The CiU faces little competition for Catalan right votes from the PP, but the ERC faces a more serious threat from the PSC.  In the event of an CiU-ERC coaliton, if the ERC is able to marginalize PSC by forcing Madrid to rein in the PSC affiliate, the may be able to shake free another 10-15% from the PSC vote total.  That would create a distinct, divergent nationalist, and left right cleavage.

Conceptualizing the vertical axis as the nationalist cleavage, and the horizontal as the left right you get the following:

                     ERC  |  CiU
               Left ==|== Right
                     PSC  |  PP                    

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 06:25:58 AM EST
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