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No.  I'n suggesting that if the status quo is untenable. Please explain to me how to form a viable coalition from the seat totals that recent polling suggests.

The balance of politics in Catalonia is to the Left, but there's a cleavage between the nationalist left (for whom independence is the issue) and the economic left (for whom austerity is). The problem is that you have parties (ERC) who have managed to seize upon independence as a solution to austerity.  

With the ERC running the show, the probability of a unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan regional government becomes a possibility.  If Podemos signs up for this, it becomes a much stronger one.

How do you think Madrid will respond if that happens?

I'm going to say that a solution involving the revocation of Catalan self government is in the cards if that happens.  

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 Tue Oct 21st, 2014 at 10:06:41 AM EST
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