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How to Solve Spain's Secession Crisis

Diego Muro, Foreign Affairs

A Plea for Catalonia

Andrew Davis, RealClearWorld

Catalonia banned bullfighting in 2010 and a number of Spain’s alternative political forces, including the Podemos (“We Can”), now espouse a nationwide ban....(full article)

Europe must pressure Abbas to end this unremitting incitement and violence against Israel and recognize its right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people....(full article)

Unless Rajoy opens the door to compromise, opinions in Catalonia and Madrid will continue to harden. Then, rather than a healthy, constructive debate, Spain will face escalating co...(full article)

Madrid’s approach has been needlessly adversarial. Rather than resist Catalan’s aspirations, the Spanish government should welcome its commitment to a democratic proces...(full article)

The 2006 Catalan Statute of Autonomy was meant to address Catalonia's self-government deficit. The statute was approved by the Catalan parliament, the Spanish Congress, and an over...(full article)

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