November 27, 2012

Mixed Message from Catalonia

Irish Times, Irish Times

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There is one clear consequence from the otherwise confusing outcome of Sunday’s elections to the autonomous parliament of Catalonia: there will be continuing instability in a key region of Spain. This is bad news for Madrid, just when it needs to instil confidence in its EU partners, in preparation for an almost inevitable bailout deal. True, the news could certainly have been worse, from Spain’s conservative Partido Popular (PP) government’s viewpoint.

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