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European Commission on Catalonia: it’s ‘always beneficial’ to ‘listen to people’

European Commission on Catalonia: it’s ‘always beneficial’ to ‘listen to people’

Interview to the new European Commissionner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager. “There is one thing that I always find beneficial, with or without a referendum, and that is to listen to people; not necessarily because you agree but, without listening, you will never get any wiser yourself”, stated Margrethe Vestager, the new European Commissioner for Competition, […]

The Guardian · Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum

The Guardian · Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum

Artur Mas has been charged with disobedience and misuse of public funds among other crimes by attorney general. The Spanish attorney general has charged Catalan president Artur Mas with disobedience, perverting the course of justice, misuse of public funds and abuse of power in relation to the unofficial referendum on independence held on 9 November. […]

Bloomberg · Mas Prepares for Early Vote in Catalonia Boosted by Polls

Bloomberg · Mas Prepares for Early Vote in Catalonia Boosted by Polls

Catalan President Artur Mas is shaping up for an early regional election targeting independence from Spain within two years. Mas is setting up an ad-hoc platform to bring together pro-independence voters across the ideological spectrum, said Josep Rull, the secretary for Convergencia Democratica de Catalunya, one of the two parties that comprises Catalonia’s ruling CiU […]

Better together? Seven big Noes from Spain to Catalonia

Better together? Seven big Noes from Spain to Catalonia

They will be topped by legal prosecution and criminal charges against the President of Catalonia because of the symbolic independence vote. This past 9 November, more than 2.3M Catalan citizens went to the polling stations to participate in a symbolic vote on independence. They went to vote despite the obstacles placed in front of them […]

Spain is dead

Spain is dead

The wordless front page of El Periódico claimed as much on November 12, Day 3 after 9N. Taking up nearly half the page was a photo of the façade of the Palacio de la Moncloa, shut down, empty, as if the occupants had gone on holiday with no warning, in haste, not even locking the […]

Homs: “a democracy where encouraging civilian participation constitutes a crime is not a democracy”

Homs: “a democracy where encouraging civilian participation constitutes a crime is not a democracy”

The Government of Catalonia will affront the prosecution cogently because “it has remained within the legal framework” The Minister of the Presidency criticises “the maladroit action” taken by the Spanish Government and assures that “the response will be to defend oneself” The Minister of Presidency and Spokesman for the Catalan Executive, Francesc Homs, assured that […]

The law is the law: legalistic distortions between official Spain and Catalonia

The law is the law: legalistic distortions between official Spain and Catalonia

The Catalanists’ democratic credentials are shoehorned into a one-size-fits-all horror story of minority nationalism that allows non-violent Catalans to be condemned in carelessly violent language. Throughout, the Rajoy government’s response to the massive campaign of protest in Catalonia over the past five years has been legal, not political. This is based on the much-repeated point […]

Le Monde · Le président de la Catalogne poursuivi en justice pour le vote sur l’indépendance

Le Monde · Le président de la Catalogne poursuivi en justice pour le vote sur l’indépendance

Le bras de fer entre Barcelone et Madrid continue. Interdit de référendum sur l’autodétermination de la Catalogne, le président de l’exécutif catalan, Artur Mas, est aujourd’hui poursuivi pour avoir organisé un vote symbolique, a annoncé mercredi 19 novembre le parquet espagnol. Artur Mas avait maintenu cette consultation informelle malgré sa suspension par le Tribunal constitutionnel […]

The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future

The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future

On 9 November 2014, 2,305,290 million people in Catalonia took part in a non-binding symbolic consultation asking two questions: whether Catalonia should be a state, and, if they replied yes, whether it should be an independent state. In total, 80.76 per cent voted ‘yes’ to both questions, 10.07 per cent voted ‘yes’ to the first […]

BBC · Prosecutors in Spain to charge Catalonia leader Mas

BBC · Prosecutors in Spain to charge Catalonia leader Mas

Spanish prosecutors are to file criminal charges against Catalan President Artur Mas in response to a 9 November unofficial independence vote. The non-binding vote went ahead despite fierce opposition by the Spanish government and a ruling by Spain’s constitutional court. Catalan officials say more than 80% of those who voted backed independence. Charges will also […]