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The Spanish already knew their leaders aren’t up to the job—now, the rest of the world sees it, too

Spain needs to start talking about its national identity—and, yes, allowing more citizens to have their say in a referendum

By Liam Aldous   November 2017

Protesters march in Barcelona. Photo: Flickr/SBA73

Spain is being recklessly marched into another crisis, yet the forthcoming calamity is no arbitrary episode of history. The world is witnessing a sad truth that most Spaniards have known for some time: their leaders aren’t up to the job. Surpassing even their own conventional standards of incompetence, two agitating agendas—orchestrated in Barcelona and Madrid—seem intent on barking their self-serving rhetoric into the wind. Those stuck in the middle are being forced to contemplate two supposedly imminent realities—one promises to usher in a…

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