Met Nieuwe Catalaanse President Gaat Het Weer Hard Tegen Hard

Met Nieuwe Catalaanse President Gaat Het Weer Hard Tegen Hard
Met Nieuwe Catalaanse President Gaat Het Weer Hard Tegen Hard

My latest Catalonia column is for Jalta, a Dutch opinion blog.

I argue that, even with the new regional president, Quim Torra, the situation remains deadlocked. The Catalan separatists have called for negotiations, but on the basis of the October 1 independence referendum. Spain refuses to recognize the referendum, much less its outcome.

It may look like nothing has changed in the five months since Spain forced the Catalans to hold early elections, but that, I write, is the optimistic view. The reality is that both proponents and opponents of secession have become radicalized. A peaceful solution is increasingly elusive.

If you read Dutch, please click here for the story.