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A victory, but not a mandate

Elections show Catalonia split down the middle on the question of independence. That’s a good reason for Madrid to negotiate, but it’s not a mandate for unilateral action.

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Catalan independence hangs in the balance

Voters in Catalonia go to the polls on Sunday in a regional election that will decide whether or not to push for independence. It looks like being close.

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Greece says “No”

The result of the Greek referendum is very clear. Now the fight is on to decide what it means.

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No ordinary referendum in Greece

The hastily-organised Greek debt/bailout referendum could go either way – which is appropriate, since no-one is quite sure what either result would mean.

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Catalonia’s “yes” vote is just the beginning

No surprise that the “yes” vote won a big victory in Catalonia’s independence referendum. The question is whether it was big enough to bring the central government to the negotiating table.

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Scotland almost live

Scotland votes decisively against reclaiming its independence.

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Mr Abbott takes on the Scots

The Australian prime minister has a go at telling Scotland which way it should vote in next month’s independence referendum. Scots are unlikely to be impressed.

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Kurds move closer still to statehood

With continued chaos in Iraq, the country’s Kurds find that independence may now be within their grasp.

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Quebec stays put, for now

Quebec’s minority pro-independence government loses an early election, ensuring that the province will stay part of Canada for a while yet.

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Crimea’s gone, but it’s not World War III

Crimea is one thing, eastern Ukraine is quite another. And we’re a long way off having to worry about Poland and the Baltic states.

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