School of Politics and International Relations

Catalonia’s Existential Crisis Is Dominating the Spanish Vote

25 April 2019

Coming 18 months after the region’s failed independence declaration, unrest in Catalonia has become the primary issue in Spain’s April 28 general election. Comparing the situation to others in Europe, the Bloomberg article says that while Brexit divides Britain—encouraging Scottish nationalists to seek another vote—and Poland and Italy have lurched to the right, Catalonia has become Spain’s dominant existential question. Professor Tim Bale said: “It’s the Spanish spin on a European phenomenon.”