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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, September 28, 2015

Spain is not a prison of the nations

If the government in Madrid really wants Spain to remain united it must think about what concessions it can make to the Catalans, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: "So far there has been no dialogue between Madrid and Barcelona; the political protagonists have gone out of their way to prevent it. Ahead of the vote both Spanish leader Mariano Rajoy and Mas came across as inordinately stubborn. They claimed to be defending noble principles, Spain's unity on the one hand and the people's right to self-determination on the other, but what they really wanted was to win votes. The Spanish elections are yet to come. It remains to be seen whether new governments in Madrid and Barcelona will make a start on real negotiations. … The Spanish constitution does not see Spain as a 'prison of the nations'. Nor does it forbid debate on fundamental questions of the Spanish state, and if necessary it can be changed."

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