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How a Jailed Separatist Is Now Key to Spain’s Future

An election in Catalonia is a battle between radicals and pragmatists over how to pursue the Holy Grail of independence.

Protesters display a banner featuring Oriol Junqueras during a demonstration in Barcelona on Oct. 18, 2019.
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The day before he was going to be jailed, Oriol Junqueras said goodbye to his wife and two children at their home in an industrial suburb of Barcelona and climbed into a car.

It was November 2017 and the atmosphere in Spain was febrile. On the six-hour drive to Madrid, his advisers tried to reassure the former vice president of Catalonia that he would be back that night. A stoical Junqueras disagreed.