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Catalonia vote another sign of European populist discontent

The Spanish govt's policies and crippling unemployment have hardened Catalonians' resolve to break away

Demonstrators at the Plaza Catalunya after voting ended for the banned independence referendum in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. The events over the weekend, described as the worst since the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, are yet another blow to EU integration.


CONSERVATIVE Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy has blundered by pursuing a heavy-handed approach to prevent an unconstitutional referendum in Catalonia.

Critics contend that he should have allowed people to vote and then declared the referendum illegal. Instead, police...

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