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Supporters hold a giant Catalan flag

Spain’s King Isn’t an Obstacle to Dialogue. Catalonia’s Separatists Are.

Repeated attempts by Catalan secessionists to break away are increasing polarization and preventing reconciliation.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (C) looks at Spain's King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace in Madrid on Jan. 7.

There’s a Solution to Catalonia’s Crisis. Spain’s King Is Standing in the Way.

Royal inflexibility is weakening Pedro Sánchez’s ability to negotiate while encouraging Catalan secessionists.

The Scottish Saltire and the flag of Catalonia are pictured as Scottish pro- independence supporters hold a rally in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sept. 19, 2015.

How to Succeed at Seceding

As Scotland gears up for a second push for independence, Scottish nationalists should learn from Catalonia’s failures.

Pro-Spain protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia  in Barcelona on Oct. 3, 2018.

Spain Isn’t Imposing Excessive Punishment on Catalonia’s Leaders. It’s Enforcing the Law.

The Spanish Supreme Court isn’t trying to make an example of Catalan secessionist leaders by handing down tough sentences. It is merely upholding the country’s constitution.

People march during a pro-independence demonstration against the conviction of Catalan separatist leaders in Barcelona on Oct. 26.

Tough Talk on Catalonia Might Win an Election, but It Won’t Unite Spain

Pedro Sánchez has turned up the heat on Catalan separatists in the hope of winning on Nov. 10, but his rhetoric and the Supreme Court’s harsh sentences of separatist leaders will only strengthen the secessionist movement.

Spanish conservative People's Party leader  Pablo Casado (C), secretary general Teodoro García Egea (L), and the party's number two candidate Adolfo Suárez Illana (R) attend an election night gathering in Madrid after Spain held general elections on Apr. 28.

Pablo Casado Was Meant to Save Spain’s Center-Right. He Destroyed It.

Spain’s conservatives lost more than half their seats in parliament by trying to outbid the far-right.

A migrant rides a bike past greenhouses on January 14, 2019. In southern Spain, the far-right party Vox has attracted farmers with its pledge to deport illegal workers.

Spanish Nationalists Hate Separatists, Not Immigrants

Spain has long resisted the rise of the far-right, because Basque and Catalan separatism animated nationalist passions—but the rise of Vox in Andalusia shows that the country is not immune from xenophobic politics.

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez (L) and Catalan regional president Joaquim Torra at the funeral of Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe in Barcelona on Oct. 8, 2018.

An Independent Catalonia Is Further Away Than Ever

New leadership in Madrid and Barcelona seemed to offer hope of a resolution to the Catalan secession crisis. But both sides are digging in rather than making compromises.

The first migrants from the Aquarius, a ship that was turned away by Italy and Malta sparking a major migration row in Europe, disembarked at the Spanish port of Valencia on June 17, 2018.

Spain Rescued a Ship. It Won’t Rescue Europe.

The new Spanish prime minister has refused to follow Italy in a race to the bottom, but that doesn’t mean that Madrid will lead the EU to adopt more humane migration policies.

Catalan Socialist party candidate Miquel Iceta (L) and Spanish Socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez attend a campaign meeting in Barcelona on December 17, 2017.

Can Pedro Sánchez Put Spain Back Together Again?

The 2017 crisis in Catalonia tore the country apart. The new Spanish prime minister will need to fend off rivals and manage alliances to stay in power long enough to heal the wounds.

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