Catalonia vs. Spain: An Intractable Standoff

Catalan independence flags hang from balconies and in shop windows. Political slogans scrawled on walls cry out for freedom. The Catalan president’s palace at the heart of Barcelona displays a banner: “Free political prisoners.” Barcelona is a landscape of political messages that take aim at one primary and old foe: Spain and its rulers in Madrid.

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Will Franco’s Body Ever Be Removed From Spanish Civil War Monument?

Spain’s brutal fascist dictator Francisco Franco was buried inside a massive basilica shortly after he died in 1975, but the presence of his tomb at the heart of this massive monument outside Madrid honoring victims of the Spanish Civil War is the subject of one of this country’s most acrimonious political dramas.

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