Catalonia’s continued division is a recipe for chaos

A slender majority for pro-independence forces in Catalonia’s parliament is an election result that gives rise to more questions than answers in a territory that remains split down the middle.

The result confirms the enduring strength of separatist sentiment in the region but, as in Catalonia’s 2015 elections, the majority in seats is not accompanied by a majority in the popular vote.  

Even so, it is not the result Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would have wished for when he stepped in to impose direct rule and call snap elections at the start of November.

The man Mr Rajoy deposed as president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, will now claim that the drive he led towards a hypothetical…

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