Tensions in Europe

Catalonia’s vote this week and Brussels’ rebuke of Poland show how European unity is wounded by separatism, populism and nationalism, fed by anger at perceived unfairness. Here’s the best of our comment and analysis

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The centre right must be wary of validating the views of radicals

As the region heads to the polls, its rift with central government remains deep. But there is optimism moderates can help heal the wounds

Further action against the Law and Justice government is still possible, writes Tony Barber

Policy must be about justice as well as growth, as mainstream politics has learnt

Many of those who backed insurgents have genuine grievances

A new prime minister should take the opportunity to signal change

Prime minister has cultivated a group of friendly businessmen in what critics call crony capitalism

One possible development is the rise of ‘plutocratic populism’