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The Washington Post · Spanish army chief makes dark comments about Catalonia secession bid

The Washington Post · Spanish army chief makes dark comments about Catalonia secession bid

Spain’s army chief has waded into the growing storm over Catalonia’s secession bid from Madrid. Chief of the General Staff Jaime Domínguez Buj likened the current state of affairs in the country to Spain’s losses more than a century ago during the Spanish-American War. “When the metropolis is weak,” Dominguez said, “the collapse happens.” By […]

Catalan President offers to meet Rajoy during his visit to Barcelona

Catalan President offers to meet Rajoy during his visit to Barcelona

Coinciding with Rajoy’s trip to Barcelona, scheduled on November 29, the Spokesperson for the Catalan Government, Francesc Homs, stated on Tuesday that Mas “would be delighted to welcome Rajoy at the Generalitat Palace”. Rajoy “has the doors open” to talk with Mas about the demands of Catalonia’s society. However, Homs also warned the Spanish PM […]

The Catalan question: Europe and the right to choose

The Catalan question: Europe and the right to choose

The European Union’s failure to consider the smooth integration of breakaway regions is tarnishing its democratic credentials. The EU seems to prefer the inclusion of new, poorly prepared members, than the assimilation of established, firmly pro-European nations.

Una consulta illegalmente legittima

Una consulta illegalmente legittima

Mentre cercavo un titolo da dare a queste righe, un caro amico e collega ha postato queste parole su Facebook, in castigliano perché gli spagnoli le capiscano. All’istante vi ho trovato fotografata la situazione attuale e parte del nocciolo della questione. Il problema delle interpretazioni sulla questione catalana che popolano la rete (in italiano) non […]

Foreign Policy · Breathing new life into old Kingdoms

Foreign Policy · Breathing new life into old Kingdoms

European separatists are a beleaguered bunch these days. Europe’s recent history has seen states inexorably smothered by the prosperous, if stifling embrace of the European Union. Add to that a globalized financial system, and calls for self-rule and devolution feel ever more anachronistic. But in Catalonia and Scotland, nationalist independence movements showed a surprising resurgence […]

Les procureurs de Catalogne refusent de poursuivre Artur Mas pour la consultation du 9 novembre

Les procureurs de Catalogne refusent de poursuivre Artur Mas pour la consultation du 9 novembre

Les procureurs de Catalogne se sont réunis et doutent de la viabilité juridique d’une telle plainte, alors que leur chef, le procureur général de l’Etat persiste. Le procureur en chef de la “Fiscalia superior de Catalunya”, José Maria Romero de Tejada, a indiqué finalement ce lundi 17 novembre à son supérieur, le procureur général de […]

The Guardian · Catalan president facing prosecution after independence vote

The Guardian · Catalan president facing prosecution after independence vote

Public prosecutors in Spain are expecting to press charges against the president of Catalonia, Artur Mas, in the coming days after he held a vote on secession from Spain in defiance of a court injunction, court sources have said. The symbolic referendum, in which 2 million people voted, was described as “a deep failure” by […]

La Tribune · L’indépendantisme catalan est-il un égoïsme?

La Tribune · L’indépendantisme catalan est-il un égoïsme?

Le vote des Catalans dimanche a mis en lumière la force de l’indépendantisme. Mais ce sentiment repose-t-il sur un simple égoïsme financier vis-à-vis des régions moins riches de l’Espagne ? Deux millions de votants, 80 % de voix en faveur d’un État catalan indépendant. Les indépendantistes catalans ont réussi leur pari ce dimanche 9 novembre […]

Bloomberg · Mas’s Allies want catalonia to seize control of taxes

Bloomberg · Mas’s Allies want catalonia to seize control of taxes

Esquerra Republicana, the pro-secession party leading the polls in Catalonia, wants Regional President Artur Mas to sign up to a road map to independence that would include seizing control of tax collection as soon as next year. The proposal also includes creating a foreign affairs service and a Catalan social security system, Alfred Bosch, an […]

EU Parliament · Parliamentary questions ·  Energy poverty and the Castor project

EU Parliament · Parliamentary questions · Energy poverty and the Castor project

In its reply to Written Question E-000829/2014, the Commission stated that it ‘recognises energy poverty as a serious concern and stresses that Member States should put full effort into the implementation of relevant provisions in European energy legislation as described in the Commission’s answers to Written Question E-000093/2014(1) and E-001115/2014. On the basis of the […]