Breakaway states and democracy

As the battle over Catalonia raged this week, secessionism is challenging the constructs of democracy. Around the world, we see one person’s quest for sovereignty can cost the integrity of another’s state. Here’s the best of our comment and analysis

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Europe’s safe space of centrist stability is shrinking

Mariano Rajoy is right to dismiss Catalonia’s government and call elections

It is a minor miracle that countries have kept to their borders as resentments simmer

A region must have a conclusive consensus among its own people on becoming independent

Its focus on education has forged a modern society, with a longstanding reform agenda

Business and technology are shaping a world in which earthly government is peripheral

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