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The Spanish state seems determined to inflame the Catalan situation by all means possible. The immunity offered by election to the European parliament could have allowed the Spanish state to save face by declaring their actions illegal and yet avoid creating new martyrs for the cause of separatism.

I am not in favour, in principle, of a further splintering of the European state structure and hope that, over time, EU integration can make inter state differences less rather than more important. But the Spanish state seems hell bent on justifying Catalan separatism at every opportunity.

It's a pity the newly strengthened Socialist government don't seem to have made a difference yet... although I could be missing vital information on what is going on.


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 21st, 2019 at 12:30:28 PM EST
Spain is in backlash mode, after the insane attempt to declare Catalan independence unilaterally. The net result has been a knee-jerk nationalist reaction from voters, resulting in the electoral breakthrough of the extreme right, and a legitimist reaction on the left, with the PSOE, under suspicion of being hostage to the various regionalisms, playing the centralist card... and winning. I see parallels with Labour and Brexit in the UK, somewhat hostage to their electorate.

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by eurogreen on Wed Jun 26th, 2019 at 02:57:22 PM EST
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The parallels with Brexit are closer on the Catalan separatist side. Unicorns, cherry picking, cakeism, petty nationalism, a fig leaf for a corrupt political elite with ties to tax havens, and a strong upswell of revolutionary popular support well short of the required majority to carry its project through. The PSOE and Podemos are not somewhat hostage to their electorate here. They have lost big to Ciudadanos, Vox, and abstention.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 08:26:32 AM EST
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Spain has bought off on Make Spain Great Again, with all the Francoist cancers bundled with that package.
by rifek on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 12:52:55 PM EST
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It is a pretty sad state of affairs, but thankfully the swivel-eyed nationalists, both in Catalonia and in Sain as a whole, are short of majorities.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 03:33:24 PM EST
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So was Franco.
by rifek on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 08:44:46 PM EST
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Of course the newly strengthened socialist government has not made much of a difference. Spain has an independent, majority Francoist, judiciary. You read it here first: The bunker in the Spanish judiciary (2007)

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 08:19:10 AM EST
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Rather like the judiciary in the US.
by rifek on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 12:49:37 PM EST
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Consider what the commitment to that idea entails for Spain or US or European constituencies. Divesting themselves of at least "constitutional" monarchy has been a long-term project for some, not all. Evidently it is much more difficult than disavowing catholicism, wouldn't you agree?

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by Cat on Thu Jul 4th, 2019 at 03:47:10 PM EST
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