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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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