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Three months after elections were held, Catalonia’s independence movement now has control of the region’s government. But that control has come at a cost to the secessi...(full article)

Separatist groups failed to win a majority of votes in Catalan regional elections in September, which they had billed as a de facto referendum on secession. Even with the setback, ...(full article)

No, there is no easy way you can retrofit medieval Spain to become some prototype of modern urban pluralism and tolerance. But what you cannot deny is the scale of the Muslim achie...(full article)

Little progress has been made towards forming a government in Spain, following last month’s elections. Worse, there is little indication any of the major players are willing to n...(full article)

Three months after pro-independence parties in the Spanish region Catalonia obtained a majority of seats in the regional parliament, they are still in deadlock over who should head...(full article)

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Will a Brave New Spain Rise? - Ana Romero, The Guardian

Most parties agree that there needs to be constitutional reform to include these Spaniards who want to be something else (Basques or Galicians as well as Catalans). But politicians...

Spain's Anger Management - Miguel-Anxo Murado, New York Times

The two big parties that have dominated Spanish politics for decades are being punished not for what they’ve done — or not just for that — but for what they repre...

Outcome of the Spanish Election? Disarray - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

Hard times do not usually make people more moderate and open to compromise. Spain is a perfectly reasonable country that has managed its democracy well for 40 years, but it may jus...

Spain's Wounded Giant Plays Kingmaker - Jeremy Cliffe, Politico EU

LONDON — In delivering a fiendishly fragmented and inconclusive set of results at the polls Sunday, Spaniards appear to have devised an exquisite form of torture for their po...

3 Choices for New, Fractured Spanish Politics - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

As predicted, Spain’s messy general election resulted in no clear winner, and none of its two largest parties could claim a majority in the lower house of Spain’s parli...

Seismic Political Shock in Spain - New York Times

The Spanish election on Sunday turned Spanish politics upside down, offering — after Greece and Portugal — the latest striking evidence that voters in southern Europe a...

Spain Election Rattles Euro Zone - Andrew Hammond, Globe and Mail

Following Spain’s inconclusive general election on Sunday, talks – potentially marathon-length – have begun to form a new government. Given the significant possib...

Spain's Vote Bodes Ill for the West - Itxu Diaz, Daily Beast

Overwhelmed by bad polls in recent days, the Rajoy government asked for support from Spanish voters to ensure the “stability” of the country and continue the reforms it...

Spanish Voters Take Revenge - Economist

Spanish stoicism has been impressive, but while ordinary Spaniards suffered, the established parties looked after their own through corruption. Voters took their revenge on Sunday....

Politics Is Not a Good Vs. Bad Fairytale - Pablo Iglesias, Guardian

These scenes confront us with the Weberian ethic of responsibility that impels all political enterprises – that is, the justification of one’s own project whatever its ...

Spain's Politics Are Shattered - Paddy Woodworth, Irish Times

The spectacular irruption of two brand new political formations has left neither established party in a clear position to dominate a new administration, let alone to govern, as the...

Change and Stability for Spain - El Pais

After four years in which political dialogue has been notable for its absence, the parties need to find the road to negotiation once more in order to deal with the problems of our ...

10 Takeaways From Spain's Election - Jeremy Cliffe, Politico EU

Vexing math, an end of the old two-party system and, once more, a pivotal role for Catalonia....

What Happens Now in Spain? - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

Spanish voters on Sunday delivered not one, but two striking novelties in the electoral history of the fourth-biggest economy of the European Union. For one, the two-party system w...

Is Two-Party Politics Finished in Europe? - Deborah Orr, The Guardian

The one-size-fits-all model of left and right is crumbling as voters across the continent support a range of parties that reflect their particular beliefs and ideas...

Why Spain Is Not Greece ... Yet! - Cas Mudde, Huffington Post

Spain has gone to the polls and, as expected, the two established parties have gotten a routing from the voters. The center-right Popular Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy...

Spaniards Vote in Unpredictable Election - Toyer & De Miguel, Reuters

Spaniards voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election in which newcomer parties are expected to make big gains against the once-dominant conservatives and Socialists, ushering in a...

Spain Readies for a Historic Election - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

What makes the December 20 election so unique is that economic crisis has shattered Spain’s stable two-party electoral tradition, leaving a four-way free-for-all that could f...

Long Live Spain's Radical Center - Bloomberg View

What if, for a change, a protest party challenged for power in Europe not by blaming the nation's woes on immigrants, the European Union or free markets, but by promising to fix th...

Spain's Ruling Party Could Lose Absolute Majority - David Roman, WSJ

MADRID—Spain’s ruling Popular Party is likely to win the country’s general election on Sunday but could lose its absolute majority amid the rise of new parties, t...

Europe's Hot December - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

December promises intrigue at all levels in Europe. Here are a few events to watch as the holiday season approaches....

Iberian Ills - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

Events are moving fast across the Continent, and on Armistice Day we bring our focus to Europe's southwestern limb -- the Iberian peninsula that (for now) holds the nation-states o...

Case for Scottish, Catalan Secession Builds - M. Fleming-Williams, Stratfor

Why Scotland and Catalonia currently display such strong secessionist tendencies has as much to do with past grievances as it does with a present confluence of factors....

Catalonia Loses the High Ground - Bloomberg View

The people of Catalonia are frustrated at the way the Spanish government has routinely dismissed their aspirations for greater autonomy. But that frustration doesn't justify what t...

Catalonia Wants Out of Spain by 2017 - Associated Press

The regional parliament of Catalonia approved a plan Monday to set up a road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of the central government....

Catalan Parliament Starts Secession Process - P. Rios & A. Pinol, El Pais

Exactly one year after Catalan separatists organized an informal referendum on self-rule, the regional parliament held a historic session to debate and vote on a motion to start br...

U.S., Spain to Seal Deal Over Nuclear Accident - Faus & Gonzalez, El Pais

US agrees to remove around 50,000 cubic meters of contaminated soil from air tragedy...

Independence for Catalonia Is Unlikely - Maria Savel, World Politics Review

For now, though, Barcelona and Madrid need to strike a conciliatory tone with each other, which has been sorely lacking. Only then will both sides be able to move beyond the issue ...

Catalonia Invites Another Crisis to Europe - C. Mortera-Martinez, CER

Catalonia’s elections have caused more problems than they have solved. It is time for both Spain and Catalonia to start a national dialogue to reform Spain’s model of r...

What to Make of the Catalan Vote? - Theo Varenne, CapX

Despite the parliamentary majority, pro-independence parties received only 47.8% of the popular vote begging the question: how can one proclaim independence based on a minority?...

Can Independent Catalonia Keep the Euro? - Mehreen Khan, T'graph

Separatists have been threatened with a euro ejection and banking collapse, but the presence of anti-capitalist forces could now derail Catalonia's drive for independence....

Catalonia: The Disobedient Province - Jan Marot, Politico EU

The Catalan National Assembly has now been campaigning in Catalonia for years, but also, even more intensely, beyond Spanish borders, in an attempt to establish Catalan foreign off...

Yes to Catalan Independence - Carles Boix, Project Syndicate

PRINCETON – Catalonia’s regional election this weekend amounts to an indirect referendum on independence. Of course, Catalans would have preferred to have a direct vote...

Europe Is not Ready for This Secession Battle - Economist

The only certainty is that a victory for Mr Mas will create more uncertainty. That will not help either Spain or Catalonia as they try to maintain the momentum of economic recovery...

What's at Stake in Catalan Regional Elections - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

If September 2014 was the month when Scottish independence made global headlines, it might be September 2015 when Catalan independence has its breakthrough — at least if regi...

Electoral Storms Ahead in Europe? - Andy Langenkamp, RealClearWorld

The Financial Times' Gideon Rachman recently wrote: "At some point, the desperation and hopes of the refugees are likely to collide with the fears and resentments of European voter...

When Spaniards Were the Refugees - Jaime Rubio Hancock, El Pais

With tens of thousands of refugees continuing to arrive on the shores of Europe this summer, most of them fleeing the conflict in Syria, the scenes have brought back memo...

Would Catalonia Offer Citizenship in South France? - M. Noguer, El Pais

A suggestion by a Catalonia government official that the region could offer Catalan citizenship to residents of Valencia, the Balearics, parts of Aragon and parts of southern Franc...

Catalan Independence? Dream On - Casqueiro & Servulo Gonzalez, El Pais

Though formally held to elect a new regional assembly, the ballot is being cast by secessionists as a plebiscitary vote that will express Catalans' level of support for the soverei...

A Plebiscite for Catalonia - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

Margaret Thatcher once said that Europe was created by history -- a simple observation with consequences as profound as they are unpredictable....

Who's Nexit? 5 EuroStates in Trouble - Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

Which will be the next eurozone domino to fall? With Greece enjoying a temporary lull in its apparently permanent crisis, we can take a moment to look around its neighborhood at ot...

Spain Looks to Latin America for Work - Simeon Tegel, USA Today

“When we told friends and family we were moving to Peru, no one was surprised,” Ana Bustinduy says. “There is just no work in Spain. “People have already se...

Can We Kick Out France, Spain, and Portugal Too? - Rod Liddle, Spectator

The Greeks should not have been invited into the European Union and, having been so invited, their arcane financial practices should not have been tolerated by the economically dom...

Deathwish Lifestyle: Why People Run With Bulls - M. Murado, Guardian

They know it’s not an ancient tradition, or even typically Spanish. But veterans of Pamplona’s encierro still see it as much more than just another extreme sport....

Spain to Expelled Jews: Come Back! - Shira Rubin, Daily Beast

The Inquisition threatened them with gruesome deaths if they remained. Now Madrid is welcoming Jews back, not least, to help boost the flagging Spanish economy....

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