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Demonstrators take part in a recent protest against a rally by the Spanish far-right Vox party in Barcelona, Spain. The nationalist Vox party has recently emerged onto the political scene by winning representation in regional elections in the country’s south in December. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Why Spain’s upcoming election will change Spanish immigration politics

The upcoming Spanish election will not only change the political landscape in the short term. The success of Vox will likely secure a place for anti-immigrant parties for the indefinite future.
For some, Spain’s crackdown on the Catalonian independence vote has raised the specter of the country’s authoritarian past. Reuters/Susana Vera

Catalonia’s referendum unmasks authoritarianism in Spain

Why did the Spanish state forcefully quash Catalonia’s referendum for independence? It is rooted in the country’s nearly 40-year dictatorship and its transition to democracy.

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