People gather during the demonstration called by platform 'Hablamos?' ('Are we talking?') at the City Hall square of Barcelona on October 7 to make a call for dialogue after the Catalan Independence Referendum held. Photo: EPA-EFE People gather during the demonstration called by platform 'Hablamos?' ('Are we talking?') at the City Hall square of Barcelona on October 7 to make a call for dialogue after the Catalan Independence Referendum held. Photo: EPA-EFE
People gather during the demonstration called by platform 'Hablamos?' ('Are we talking?') at the City Hall square of Barcelona on October 7 to make a call for dialogue after the Catalan Independence Referendum held. Photo: EPA-EFE
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

Why we should care about Spain’s lurch towards civil war

‘So far, political agreement has prevailed, but if this fails we should be under no illusions – civil war would loom as clearly as it does today over the citizens of Barcelona’

People gather during the demonstration called by platform 'Hablamos?' ('Are we talking?') at the City Hall square of Barcelona on October 7 to make a call for dialogue after the Catalan Independence Referendum held. Photo: EPA-EFE People gather during the demonstration called by platform 'Hablamos?' ('Are we talking?') at the City Hall square of Barcelona on October 7 to make a call for dialogue after the Catalan Independence Referendum held. Photo: EPA-EFE
People gather during the demonstration called by platform 'Hablamos?' ('Are we talking?') at the City Hall square of Barcelona on October 7 to make a call for dialogue after the Catalan Independence Referendum held. Photo: EPA-EFE
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.