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2016: The Year of Ungovernability (Part 1)

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As if last year was not rowdy enough, 2016 has already opened on a new note of ungovernability that promises to surpass what we’ve seen before. No new themes have been exposed, though they will surely come up; but the deep fractures that governments and institutions are desperately attempting to paper over continue to wreak […]

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Spanish Fragmentation Continues After Election

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Spain celebrated general elections on Sunday the 20th of December and the result was an even worse than predicted fragmentation of the political landscape[1]. Although the governing Partido Popular of Mariano Rajoy won the greatest number of seats, the scandal-ridden party fell well short of the majority of 173 seats needed to form a government. […]

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Catalonia Update: Dead-end or Stall Tactic?

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On Sunday, the leftist Candidatura d’Unitat Popular (CUP) held a vote involving over 1,200 of their supporters from across Catalonia. The question was a simple one: should CUP support the candidacy of Artur Mas for the Catalan Presidency? The answer: a resounding “no”[1]. That would seem to spell the end of the Catalan independence dream: […]

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Catalonia Update: Burning Down the House

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Another historic day today in Catalonia…yes, there have been lots of those recently, I know… as the Parliament finally meets to debate and vote on two critical issues: Firstly, on the proposal to begin the process of separation from Spain, including the provision of disobedience to any Spanish laws and ordinances that go against those […]

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Basque separatists submit bill for the right to decide region’s ‘future’

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 The article is reprinted under creative common non-commercial share-alike license. The views expressed are exclusively those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Common Sense.   Spain’s central government is already grappling with a major independence movement in the northeastern region of Catalonia, and the Bildu coalition’s move in the Basque Country – one of […]

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Catalonia Update: Alea Iacta Est

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“But finally, with a sort of passion, as if abandoning calculation and casting himself upon the future, and uttering the phrase with which men usually prelude their plunge into desperate and daring fortunes, ‘Let the die be cast,’ he hastened to cross the river”  – Plutarch, The Parallel Lives, The Life of Julius Caesar[1], 32-8 […]

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Europe: The Coming Storm

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Europe’s leaders continue to maintain an outward appearance of calm and assurance, preaching the green shoots of growth, the improvements to European banks’ capitalization and to their successful management of this year’s slate of crises – from Ukraine to Greece to Syria. This is, of course, propaganda: somewhat true, but mostly false and meant to […]

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Catalonia Update: Theater of the Absurd

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The weeks since the 27 September regional election remain busy for Spain and Catalonia as the headlines prove yet again that you really couldn’t put this stuff into a movie and have audiences believe it. The banal wickedness and obstinacy of some characters would make critics cry out: “too one dimensional, not enough character development!” while the […]

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Spanish Malaise is Characteristic of Europe

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The Catalan elections of 27 September mark a watershed moment in Spain, but it also fits within a wider context of consolidation-crisis-reaction that is afflicting all of Europe. Although the precise manifestation of this reaction varies by country, depending on the social and political fault lines pre-existing the Great Recession, many of the general patterns […]

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Catalonia Update: Confusion Prevails

A quick confirmation of last night’s result, which has not changed significantly since my last post at 2330 hours: A record turnout of 78% in yesterday’s election, which lends tremendous validity to the result of this election. No one can say that the outcome was due to popular indifference; Complaints arose regarding overseas ballots and […]

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