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    Catalonia Heads to Polls After Disastrous Referendum

    Do they still want out? Spain’s central government rescinded the region’s autonomy in October after Catalans voted to secede from Spain in a disputed referendum. Today, the region will vote for new representation, but polls are too close to call on whether they’ll still favor pro-independence politicians after the collapse of separatist President Carles Puigdemont’s power. Catalonia, torn between the stability of unionists and resentment of Spain’s central government, may end up with a hung parliament. Meanwhile, Puigdemont is campaigning from exile in Belgium — sometimes by hologram — for his old job.

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