Catalan Crisis Risks Making Spain ‘Ungovernable’

This will be interesting.

Rigged Game

The prime minister of Spain has called early general elections for late April, the third such ballot in less than four years in an increasingly fragmented partisan landscape and with Catalonia’s independence push dominating the political debate.

By Joseph Wilson and cross-posted from the Miami Herald

The secession crisis festering in Spain’s northeastern corner of Catalonia has spread to the political heart of the European Union nation.

Twice in less than a year, separatist lawmakers from Catalonia have played the role of king slayer, with their votes in the national Parliament in Madrid proving the decisive push to topple consecutive governments.

Catalan separatists momentarily aligned with their political nemeses this week by joining Spain’s right-wing parties to kill the Socialist government’s spending bill, after talks between the government and the separatists collapsed over the possibility of a referendum on secession.

The failure to pass a national spending bill led Prime…

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