What the editorials said
Catalonia stands “on the edge of the abyss”, said El País (Madrid). Its leaders “are still considering going ahead with their suicidal plans”. They should understand the consequences. As the recent marches show, the people of the region are far from united. Declaring independence would “break Catalan society in two”. A head-on collision with the Spanish state would follow, with vast damage to Catalonia’s economy. But Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s PM, must respond to Puigdemont’s offer of talks, said The Times. His “overly rigid strategy is at least partly to blame for the worst constitutional crisis in recent Spanish history”. Without a dialogue, Spain will face years of confrontation and division.
Even now a deal should be possible, said The Economist. Any settlement would have to involve an official independence referendum, an idea bitterly opposed by Madrid. But if Catalans were offered a few extra powers, including the right to raise and keep more of their own taxes and greater protection for their own language, they would very likely opt to stay inside a united Spain.