You could say that the result is horrible for the PP and maybe even for Spain, but good for Rajoy. The tension of Catalan politics and its contagion to the national debate bring Citizens closer to the central government and their defense of Spanish nationalism and the Constitution as it stands. Without the barn of Catalan votes, the PP can forget about approaching 40% of the vote. What difference does it make if with more than 30% and the support of Citizens is enough to keep Rajoy in power?

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