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The rise of the populist radical right in Europe is a topic that worries citizens, journalists, political elites and scholars alike. Much has been written on the nature of these parties, as well as why they are currently gaining in the political arena. This has focused on the institutional arrangement of different electoral systems and the dissimilar opportunities that they offer for the thriving of this kind of party; or on the demand side trying to unravel the reasons behind citizens’ voting behavior.

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Instead of breaking the deadlock, the recently held elections in Catalonia only deepened existing fault lines in Catalan politics. As the Spanish government maintains direct control of the Catalan administration, and keeps several Catalan politicians and activists imprisoned, the whole of Spain is still holding its breath. Only the EU and its member states are now in a position to defuse the mounting tension between Catalan secessionists and Madrid. But what would be a desirable outcome to push for in the long run?
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