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Ungovernable? Splintered Spain returns to the polls

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So it is a country where first came austerity, then the conversation turned to identity politics, big tent center-right and center-left parties splintered and now it faces yet another snap election.

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No we're not talking about the U.K. this time but Spain where voters this coming Sunday return to the polls for the second time in six months and the fourth time in four years. Each time, the political lansdscape seems to splinter further. Why? If elections can't clear the air, what can?

The difference since the last vote in April? Increased brinkmanship over Catalonia, what with the recent violence there after long sentences were handed down to separatist leaders. How long a shadow over the vote... and what are the other issues that matter most?

More broadly, what cautionary tale for not just Britain but other EU nations like Germany where uncertainty over the future seems to be polarizing the electorate in ways unseen in nations usually perceived as havens of moderation?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Ingri Bergo.

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