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I am using the package csquotes to generate a blockquote. csquotes inserts what looks like half a blank line between the paragraphs within the quote.

I would prefer to have no vertical space but an indent like new paragraphs in regular text. How can I do this?

I have prepared the following example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{csquotes}
\begin{document}
\section{}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 
Integer a purus vel lacus eleifend feugiat sed id eros. 
%
\blockquote{Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci 
luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Nunc congue,
\emph{here ends the first paragraph within the blockquote.}

\emph{This should be indented.} Aenean vulputate dolor id nulla  
sollicitudin quis facilisis sem ultrices. Sed congue consequat 
viverra. Suspendisse malesuada sodales viverra.}
%
Nullam eget elit vel nunc interdum accumsan. Phasellus posuere 
enim eu eros blandit viverra.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 
Integer a purus vel lacus eleifend feugiat sed id eros.
\end{document}
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You can change the block environment that \blockquote uses with \SetBlockEnvironment. By default it uses the quote environment which puts some vertical space between paragraphs. Set it to use the quotation environment, \SetBlockEnvironment{quotation}, to get a newline and indention between paragraphs. Note that this will indent the first paragraph in the blockquote too (and it will apply to every command in csquotes that creates blockquotes).

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{csquotes}
\SetBlockEnvironment{quotation}% I've only added this

\begin{document}

\section{}
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 
Integer a purus vel lacus eleifend feugiat sed id eros. 
%
\blockquote{Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci 
luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Nunc congue,
\emph{here ends the first paragraph within the blockquote.}

\emph{This should be indented.} Aenean vulputate dolor id nulla  
sollicitudin quis facilisis sem ultrices. Sed congue consequat 
viverra. Suspendisse malesuada sodales viverra.}
%
Nullam eget elit vel nunc interdum accumsan. Phasellus posuere 
enim eu eros blandit viverra.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. 
Integer a purus vel lacus eleifend feugiat sed id eros.

\end{document}

csquote's \blockquote using the quotation environment.

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Thank you very much, I must have missed that in the documentation. –  ischeriad Aug 24 '11 at 19:29
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You may also use the quoting environment of the package of the same name (Disclosure: I'm the package author). quoting will use the indentation and parskip of the surrounding text (i.e. it will resemble quotation with LaTeX's default settings), but first-line indentation is activated by adding a blank line before the environment.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{quoting}

\usepackage{csquotes}
\SetBlockEnvironment{quoting}

\newcommand*{\sometext}{Hello, here is some text without a meaning. This
    text should show, how a printed text will look like at this place.
    If you read this text, you will get no information.}

\begin{document}

\sometext
%
\blockquote{% First line not indented
\sometext

\sometext
}

\sometext

\blockquote{% First line indented
\sometext

\sometext
}

\end{document}

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EDIT: Unlike the quotation environment of the LaTeX standard classes, the quoting environment will also mimic changes to the paragraph indentation of normal text (e.g. done with \setlength{\parindent}{1em}).

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Thanks (danke!), this looks even better, I am going to use your package. But I will keep N.N.'s answer as the accepted one, because yours is going one step beyond the original question. –  ischeriad Aug 24 '11 at 19:53
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