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Spain, Catalonia and the Distance That Divides

Nov 11, 2017 | 14:09 GMT
Protesters gather outside police offices in Barcelona, Spain, on Oct. 2.

Protesters gather outside police offices in Barcelona, Spain, on Oct. 2. Six weeks after Catalonia's independence referendum, the gap between a significant part of Catalan society and the rest of Spain shows no sign of closing.

(DAN KITWOOD/Getty Images)

Catalonia's independence referendum set in motion a chain of events whose consequences will be felt across Spain for years. A few weeks after the vote, which took place Oct. 1, Madrid reacted to Catalonia's subsequent declaration of independence by dissolving the Catalan government, taking direct control of its institutions and...

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