Yes, Russia tried to exacerbate the crisis, but it didn’t create Catalan separatism.
Catalan Referendum 2017
Analysis and opinion about the controversial independence vote in Catalonia.
Mariano Rajoy should never have let the Catalan independence crisis come this far.
They managed two referendums in three years. Why can’t the Spanish let the Catalans vote?
Even if a majority votes to break away, the regional government could balk at declaring independence unilaterally.
Putting the troopers under Spanish command could make it harder for them to keep a lid on passions in Catalonia.
Most of the French media call on Catalan and Spanish leaders to work out a compromise.
Flemish media are overwhelmingly sympathetic in their coverage. The Dutch show little interest.
Spain raids Catalan government buildings and arrests top officials in actions the regional president calls “totalitarian”.
The left sympathizes with Catalan self-determination. Conservatives focus on the illegality of the planned vote.