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Catalonian separatists currently effectively have no other option as the Madrid Government won't negotiate with them.

If the Madrid Government agreed to discuss Constitutional reforms - i.e. greater regional autonomy - it could at least explore dividing hard-line separatists from others who are merely disgruntled with some aspects of Madrid rule.

So far, the UK has effectively avoided disintegration by allowing limited devolution of powers to Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland. There are still tensions and disputes, but at least there is a process to reduce them.

The Rajoy government has shown almost no willingness to do the same in Spain  and attempts to form a constitutional reform committee of parliament smack of "too little, too late".

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