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    Catalan vote would've been illegitimate even w/o Madrid's heavy-handed intervention. Generalitat has ridden roughshod over democratic norms.

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    Better to see today's events principally as theatre - with risks, but possibly also political rewards, for both sides.

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    (Including for Rajoy. I watched in Madrid y'day as c10,000 protested against referendum. A pro-referendum counter demo attracted around 70.)

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    Recklessness on both sides is making a sensible long term solution - a negotiated extension of Catalan autonomy - ever harder.

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