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The predictability of the Spanish election results

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On the predictability of results in general Spanish elections

The 11th general election after the restoration of democracy in Spain took place on the last November 20th. The Spanish conservative party Partido Popular (PP) clearly won the election with 186 seats in the Spanish parliament. This result implies an impressive increase of 32 seats from the last general election, and its best performance ever.

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“Spain”, a normal country?

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A childish controversy erupted a few weeks ago regarding the use of minority languages in the Spanish “Senate.” For the first time since the restoration of democracy (a mere 35 years ago...) a senator from the Catalan group Entesa [a left-wing “Catalanist” coalition], Ramon Aleu, used Catalan in a plenary session.

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The Economic Relations between Spain and Catalunya

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A Marriage of Convenience or an Impending Divorce?

Spain’s economic crisis has given added impetus to the growing sentiment for Catalan independence within this region, as evidenced by the emergence of new independence parties and increasing voices demanding independence, as seen in the massive march of July 10, 2010 in Barcelona. The economic crisis has not started this movement.  But by making the economic problems in Spain more immediate and deeper and hitting more people and by making the economic relations between the autonomic governments and the central government more visible, it has mightily contributed to it, along with recently adverse rulings on the Catalan Constitution, or the “Estatut” (not the subject of this article).

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