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Thanks for the limpid summary of a complex and fluid situation, exactly the sort of analysis that the news media don't provide (and it's not the journalists' fault : the situation is too complex for the attention span of the news consumers. Like New Zealand.)

But I don't get the 1930s analogy, I think you need to be clearer on this. If you're talking about Spain in the 1930s, then frankly no (or at least, you need to develop the question extensively). If you're talking about the rise of fascism in Europe, then I can't see that either.

Perhaps I'm missing the point because I don't see the collapse of the centre as an inherently bad thing. Whatever happens, a majority government of either extreme is an unlikely outcome; multipartism imposes coalition. Perhaps I'm underestimating the explosiveness of the nationalism issue, because I tend to see it as a lot of empty posturing (there being no constitutional route to independance), butwWhat I see is a major shift to the left, which can only be a good thing for the people of Catalonia, and by extension, for Spain, insofar as it can be a catalyser for a wider recomposition. Let a thousand flowers bloom.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Oct 21st, 2014 at 04:47:39 AM EST

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