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Why does Spain's government want to increase the minimum wage by such a large percentage at once?

You're looking at the policy economically rather than politically. Spain has to have a general election by July 2020. The government are contemplating having it earlier, possibly in May 2019 (to ...
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Why would Madrid be so insistent on preventing the Catalonian independence referendum?

By way of establishing some context, it's worth noting that this isn't just a squabble over which government has the authority to hold a referendum in Catalonia. The Madrid government's position is ...
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Why are Spaniards disproportionately very dissatisfied with Spain's political system?

Some plausible possibilities: Two significant regions of Spain (Basque Spain and Catalonia) are seeking independence and are facing strong resistance from the central government. Catalan independence ...
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What is the blue-white-blue horizontal triband flag waved by karateka Sandra Sánchez at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

This is the flag of Sánchez's hometown, Talavera de la Reina, in Castile–La Mancha. Source: Wikipedia
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Can Catalonia enter the EU after its independence from Spain?

To be allowed to apply to join the EU, Catalonia as an independent nation must be able to demonstrate they meet the Copenhagen Criteria which are defined as follows Political criteria: Stability ...
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Why do some Catalans want to become independent?

What has changed lately to increase their desire to be independent? This isn't actually how separatism works. It's not that they want independence now more than they did, say, fifty years ago. It's ...
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Why would Madrid be so insistent on preventing the Catalonian independence referendum?

The thing is: It does not matter what a government or a law says or pretend to say. If you look at the history, an absolute minority of independencies were "allowed" or "negotiated" between the ...
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Would Article 5 of NATO apply in case Catalonia attempts to secede from Spain by force?

No, internal conflicts and secession attempts do not qualify as “armed attacks” under the North Atlantic Treaty (itself based on the UN charter, article 51, which only covers actions between states). ...
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How much is Catalonia complying with Madrid?

It is weekend and most of the local administration is not working, so it is difficult to tell. And even on Monday, it will depend of what orders are issued. But so far: There have been some ...
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Why does Spain's government want to increase the minimum wage by such a large percentage at once?

There is also a possibility that current minimum wage doesn't reflect actual wages paid to the people, because they might be paid more without declaring it, in order to evade taxes. For example, in ...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

It is very difficult to look at a real world event, with the tons of factors influencing them, and to cathegorically decide which are the important ones, so any answer might be very opinated. So I ...
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Why are Spaniards disproportionately very dissatisfied with Spain's political system?

As a Spaniard, and one quite into political and economical issues, Spain's political system is broken from the bone. It was created in 1978 with our Constitution after the death of Francisco Franco, ...
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Was it illegal for Spain to declare the Catalan independence referendum illegal?

As you correctly state, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights asserts that Article 1 All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely ...
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What are the main reasons for capping interest rates in Spain?

This would appear to be part of Spain's usury legislation. Usury is the practice of lending at unreasonable levels of interest. Lenders offer loans at a very high rate of interest when they have a ...
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Why does Spain's government want to increase the minimum wage by such a large percentage at once?

I often heard analysts arguing that large increases like this are rarely followed by a productivity increase of the same amount and that it might even make some investors leave the country. This ...
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Would Article 5 of NATO apply in case Catalonia attempts to secede from Spain by force?

The treaty is geared towards international threats, so that would be unlikely. It could theoretically trigger article 4 of the treaty. The latter states that: The Parties will consult together ...
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What is the rationale of not allowing dual citizenship?

The rationale is to not dilute loyalty. As an example, let's say person A has citizenship in both countries X and Y. Something happens, and X and Y go to war against each other, and they both ...
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What does "direct Spanish rule over Catalonia" actually mean?

UPDATE 23/10 After breaking up the "Soft 155" deal with the PSOE, the PP will enforce a "hard 155": Deposing all of catalonia's cabinet. Appointing a temporary cabinet, unrevokable. Restricting the ...
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Why are Spaniards disproportionately very dissatisfied with Spain's political system?

You can add political instability. There have been 4 general elections in 6 years. The two main traditional parties have lost significant shares compared to the new (more or less populist) parties ...
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What are the main policy differences between Spain and (hoped-for) Catalonia?

The central government in Madrid regularly takes laws declared in Catalan parliament to court, arguing those laws can only be enacted nationally. In itself, such is just a conflict of sovereignty. ...
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How much is Catalonia complying with Madrid?

The main political situations happened on Friday afternoon, so it needed some days in order to have working hours and see the position of each key member. Let me summarize the events that have taken ...
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What is the difference between the Guardia Civil and the Policía Nacional in Spain?

It's a bit like Police vs Gendarmes in France. One is in charge of cities, the other of countrysides: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Police_Corps The National Police Corps (Spanish: Cuerpo ...
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Why are Ceuta and Melilla not considered colonies?

The logic that Spain applies is that these two enclaves are legally and politically part of Spain. Whereas Gibraltar (for example) is a subordinate entity, owned by the UK, but not part of the UK. ...
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Why are Spaniards disproportionately very dissatisfied with Spain's political system?

ohwilleke's answer does a good job of touching on a lot of the various issues that come into play here, but I think it's worth expanding more on the economic issues in particular. Spain has been ...
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Is it normal for a democracy to prosecute secessionist leaders for rebellion?

Is it normal for a democracy to prosecute secessionist leaders for rebellion? They are not being prosecuted for being secessionist1, they are taken to court because they have been charged by breaking ...
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What are the main reasons for capping interest rates in Spain?

James K's answer is correct about the reasons in favor of limiting interest rates1. That said, since Spain's laws are specifically quoted, I would like to give some additional data. First, there are ...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

Maybe this is because public of Portugal does not believe that Spain is going to seriously infringe on the rights of this town citizens, so this becomes an administrative objection. A similar example ...
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Why are anti-independence Catalans so silent?

You needn't a political movement to force your country's police do their job Apologies for a bit of bold title (in both senses), but this is precisely the answer. In most national-liberation ...
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Why are Ceuta and Melilla not considered colonies?

By whom? By the Spanish ambassador? The terms colony and colonial have a highly negative connotation nowadays so get used by whoever wants to criticize something. In this case, Spain is criticizing ...
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