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Catalonia’s vote for independence reduced to ‘glorified opinion poll’

With Catalonia set for an independence “consultation” on Sunday, it’s worth examining the legal war that has turned the campaign for independence into an anemic symbolic gesture.

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Why Spain is different at the PIIGS trough

Spain is now looking toward a full-scale international rescue package. But Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has to stand firm in the face of fierce protests, writes Keshia Jacotine.

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Maley: first shots in the battle for Spain?

Financial markets will remain tense this week, as investors wait to see whether Europe will finally fire the first shots in the “Battle for Spain”.

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Marooned on Spain’s austere coastline

As a Spanish bailout looks increasingly unavoidable, investors are worrying the country will be forced down the same austerity route as Greece, condemning its future and that of the eurozone.

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Merkel cool on fund flexibility as leaders back growth package

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a meeting of European leaders in Rome on Friday, she already had her eye on the exit, writes Josephine McKenna, an Australian freelance journalist in Rome.

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Maley: the market’s Spanish inquisition

The new Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy faces a test of fire this week, as investors query whether the country will be able to protect itself from being engulfed by the raging eurozone debt crisis.

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