The view from across the Atlantic, by Nick Ottens
Analysis and commentary about the independence crisis in Catalonia by Nick Ottens (based in Barcelona) and Ainslie Noble (an expert in Basque and Catalan identity issues).
Both are insecure.
A spying scandal shatters what little hope Catalan nationalists had of negotiating with Madrid.
The shift in public opinion suggests a way out of the decade-long dispute with Spain.
Spanish judges waste no opportunity to frustrate Catalan ambitions.
Reasonable independence parties need the support of separatist hardliners.
The best news is that talks are happening at all.
The socialist could disappoint moderate Catalan nationalists, whose support he needs in Congress.
The separatists have fifty more demands.
End the prosecution of Catalan nationalists. Give the region more autonomy.
Spain should negotiate with Catalan separatists, not put them in prison.
Talks with Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez would be given two years.
Salvador Illa refuses to play second fiddle to the pro-independence Republican Left.
Talks with the rival Together for Catalonia remain stalled after three months.
Separatist parties have yet to form a new government.
Pro-independence parties split the seats on the new parliament’s presidium.