As El Pais reports this morning, a collapse of some 10% in the socialist vote has enabled Rajoy to hold Galicia, but has also produced a Basque majority for secession, and at a time with no ETA action or intimidation. Catalunya goes to the polls in a month's time, and the prediction is that the two regions, with almost a quarter of Spain's population, will now move towards independence.
Sword-rattling by Spain's army chiefs in the run up to the polls didn't dent the PHV / EH BILDU voting block - and indeed, given Basque bloody-mindedness, may even have enhanced it. The date being mooted for a referendum on independence is 2015. We have also remarked how intense pressure from the Berlaymont to keep Spain intact has led to an explicit statement that a new Basque or Catalunyan nation would be treated as newly-joining nations - to Salmond's great discomfort, as such a stance would put an independent Scotland right back on the starting line.