Nationalist supporters gather outside the Catalan government building, the Palau de la Generalitat, following a pro-unity protest on October 29, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain. Thousands of pro-unity protesters gathered in Barcelona, two days after the Catalan Parliament voted to split from Spain.
Spain is preparing for an early general election that will mark a new chapter for the country. Propelled by factors such as the global financial crisis, rising economic inequality, growing skepticism about globalization, and fears of the economic, cultural and security impact of immigration, nationalist and populist political parties have made gains in national elections across Europe over the past decade, in some case, entering government coalitions. Spain has remained an exception -- until now. The country is finally joining its European neighbors in experiencing a rise in nationalism. But the process is taking a very distinctive shape, setting Spain apart in a new way....
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