Basques show empathy for Catalonia but want to keep the peace

“Let the Catalans vote!” It is a phrase widely heard across Spain’s Basque Country in fiercely separatist villages as well as in large moderate cities, often mingled with exasperation at Madrid. “I am not for independence but at this moment there is no democracy,” said retired truck driver Candi Cordero, 65, referring to the crackdown on…