There is hope here in Catalonia that the new Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, will be more conciliatory than the last. But he mustn’t make the same mistake as his predecessor, I argue in an op-ed for the Netherlands’ NRC newspaper. Read more
Attitudes in Spain’s Basque Country have mirrored Catalonia’s surge in separatism.
When the European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2010 that Spain’s Constitutional Court had been correct in declaring a Basque independence referendum illegal, the region accepted it.
But when the same Constitutional Court threw out part of Catalonia’s autonomy statute that same year, it galvanized the separatist movement.
The Catalans are now determined to vote on independence. Opponents fear a domino effect. They worry that, if the Catalans are successful, the Basque Country may push for independence next.
That seems unlikely. Read more
Spanish conservatives have launched a new political party that aims to tap into public discontent over corruption scandals, high unemployment and surging Basque and Catalan separatism.
Leaders of the new party, named Vox, accuse Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of being soft on separatist movements and breaking his election promise not to raise taxes. Read more