• Spain’s socialist (PSOE) government struck a contentious amnesty deal on November 9 with the hardline Catalan separatist party, Together for Catalonia, to enable another four-year term for caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
  • The chief of Together with Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s former regional president and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), is the unlikely kingmaker who could break the country’s political deadlock since the inconclusive elections in July.
  • Spain has witnessed widespread protests which is a reminder of the outpouring of anger during the secessionist movement.