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On Thursday morning, a burst of expectation ran across Spain—and disappointment and anger across the faces and Twitter feeds of Catalan separatists—after news broke that Carles Puigdemont was about to throw in the towel and announce early regional elections within the limits of the Spanish Constitution. After several hours of contradictory headlines and counter-rumours, in the end—to the joy of pro-independence supporters—the First Minister of Catalonia rejected that option, arguing he had tried his best to explore options until the end and “guarantee dialogue”. This was a lie.
On Wednesday, the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Fordcadell, told political parties that Carles Puigdemont would not be travelling to the Senate in …