The view from across the Atlantic, by Nick Ottens
Both are insecure.
A spying scandal shatters what little hope Catalan nationalists had of negotiating with Madrid.
The offer is seen as political calculation by his opponents.
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.
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.
Scotland has a strong economy, but it relies on England for its defense and trade.
Separatist parties have yet to form a new government.
Or: how I learned to trigger Scottish nationalists.
One seeks confrontation with Madrid, the other dialogue with the government.