What Does It Mean To Be Spanish Now? [world Service]

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With the Catalan election this week, we look at questions of identity and unity in Spain

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

In the days leading up to the Catalan regional election, Ben James is travelling around Spain – on a train. The election was called in response to the illegal independence referendum in Catalonia. Today Ben goes from Bilbao to Lleida, a small Catalan city, inland from Barcelona. Are attitudes in the rural interior any different from those in the big city?

Also today: The White House has released its new US National Security policy. And we speak more about the death of Kim Jong-Hyun, the lead singer of the world's biggest K-Pop - or Korean Pop band, Shinee.

(Photo: A Spanish peach farmer)

With the Catalan election this week, we look at questions of identity and unity in Spain

BBC OS gives a vibrant account of the day\u2019s events with explanation and reaction from those involved.

In the days leading up to the Catalan regional election, Ben James is travelling around Spain – on a train. The election was called in response to the illegal independence referendum in Catalonia. Today Ben goes from Bilbao to Lleida, a small Catalan city, inland from Barcelona. Are attitudes in the rural interior any different from those in the big city? Also today: the White House has released it's new US National Security policy. And we speak more about the death of Kim Jong-Hyun, the lead singer of the world's biggest K-Pop - or Korean Pop band, Shinee.

(Photo: A Spanish peach farmer)