Catalonia vs Spain, a clash of two nationalisms

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup, openDemocracy

By targeting the Mas government, widely portrayed as extremist and irresponsible, and by refusing to negotiate on key constitutional, economic, social, cultural issues, Mr. Rajoy has – willingly or not – been playing into the hands of radicals.

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“You, a convicted minister!” – namecalling and mudslinging in the Catalan parliament

Catalan MonitoropenDemocracy

"You, a convicted minister!" - namecalling and mudslinging in the Catalan parliament (openDemocracy)

One thing is certain: the courts’ repeated rulings against Rigau’s ministry do sound a bit biased; they don’t  acknowledge the awesome job that’s been carried out in Catalonia – bilingualism can now be universally achieved: a synaptic feast. In a land where the levers of power have lately been in the hands of native Catalan speakers, making the language available to everyone is an act of generosity.

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“Unas pocas cosas” (a few minor incidents)

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Yet more political corruption throughout Spain; calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation; a new left-wing party challenging bipartisan politics. Is the Spanish electorate ready to change the rules of the game?

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