Then comes the issue of nationalism. Mr Zapatero is much less abrasive than Mr Aznar, and he has the advantage not only of being a new face himself, but also of dealing with several new faces in the regions. Yet nationalism excites strong passions and he may still find the going hard, particularly if he allows the impression to take hold that he is seeking �a solution to the problem�. This would be a mistake.
The best he can hope to do is to manage nationalism. It can be managed well or it can be managed badly, but it cannot be solved. That is because it is not a problem, and indeed one way to ensure a bad outcome is to think of it as such. Better by far to see it as a blessing�a blessing that gives Spain variety, cultural vitality and internal competition of the best kind, allowing innovation and experimentation.