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Catalonia: A turf-war between Spanish police forces is undermining European Security

Violence against separatists is not the only policing concern—the rivalry between different forces means gaps in intelligence sharing are not being closed, putting all Europe in danger

By Claire Spencer  

The Catalan Police Mossos d'Esquadra. Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

On a visit I made to Barcelona just ahead of the controversial referendum on Catalan independence of 1st October, my local interlocutors were clear: the ongoing crisis is more political than constitutional, and dialogue is the only way forward. President Puigdemont, who heads the autonomous government of Catalonia, now seems to think so too.

Dialogue is particularly urgently needed over the policing of Catalonia. The violent treatment of would-be voters captured headlines at the start of the month—but there is…

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