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    The situation in Catalonia is very complex. Not a simple good vs bad story.

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    1. The referendum is illegal and therefore lacks democratic legitimacy. The Spanish government was never going to let it happen.

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    2. The Catalan nationalism and independence movement will be further strengthened by the tough reaction from Madrid. EU will have to react to today's pictures.

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    3. Catalan nationalism is old, but got a huge boost in recent years, fueled by Spain's economic crisis, the unpopularity of PM Rajoy, corruption scandals

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    4. PM Rajoy has shown no interest in defusing the predictable crisis nor has he tried to negotiate with Catalan leaders - but his political base supports him playing hardball

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    5. Today's escalation and show of force from both sides will make it even harder to find a negotiated solution to this crisis (i.e. extended autonomy statute)

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