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“Essential” step towards independence vote cleared as Catalan Parliament approves 2017 budget

“Essential” step towards independence vote cleared as Catalan Parliament approves 2017 budget

Date: 22.03.2017 Source: Nationalia Adopted law allocates funds to hold self-determination referendum · Opposition parties warn they will challenge decision in court The pro-independence majority in the 135-seat Catalan Parliament today passed a 2017 budget that allocates money to hold a vote on secession from Spain. Main Catalan pro-independence alliance JxSí (62 seats) deemed the […]

Public prosecutor files charges against Forcadell, three other members of Parliament’s Board for the referendum resolution

Public prosecutor files charges against Forcadell, three other members of Parliament’s Board for the referendum resolution

Date: 25.02.2017 Author: Montse Riart Source: Ara in English Following orders from the Spanish Constitutional Court, the Senior Prosecutor of Catalonia has filed a new lawsuit against Carme Forcadell over the approval of the resolution for an independence referendum, which had already been suspended by the Guarantee Court. The prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court […]

Antoni Bassas’ analysis: Spain is putting democracy on trial

Antoni Bassas’ analysis: Spain is putting democracy on trial

Data: 17.12.2016 Author: Antoni Bassas Source: Ara in English “Yesterday, in the demonstration [in support of Carme Forcadell] in Barcelona’s Plaça de Sant Jaume, mayor Ada Colau said that if they put Forcadell on trial they would be putting a whole nation on trial. I would go even further: they would be putting democracy on […]

Swiss, Estonian parliaments set up groups to monitor Catalan process

Swiss, Estonian parliaments set up groups to monitor Catalan process

Date: 10.12.2016 Source: Ara in English Mathias Reynard, co-president of the Swiss intergroup, stated that they support the right to decide but avoided giving an opinion on Catalan independence The Swiss and Estonian parliaments have also created a group to closely follow the Catalan independence process, according to Catalonia’s RAC1 radio Friday morning. The co-president of […]

Mas elected President of the Catalan Democratic Party

Mas elected President of the Catalan Democratic Party

Date: 25.07.2016 Source: CNA Former Catalan President, Artur Mas, has won the primary elections to lead the Catalan Democratic Party (PDC), the new political force which has emerged after former governing liberal Convergència’s reinvention process. Mas’ candidacy also includes Neus Munté, the Catalan Government’s spokeswoman, who has been designated PDC’s vice president. The presidential tandem […]

Catalonia and Miami business ties strengthen

Catalonia and Miami business ties strengthen

Date: 26.04.2016 Source: Miami Today News Multinational business relationships between Catalonia and Miami are strengthening as the Spanish region’s business development office in the city thrives as a port of US entry for Catalan companies and a potential trade and economic agreement nears with the Beacon Council. Commercial relationships between Catalonia and the US began […]

MEPs ask EC about Russian use of Ceuta’s port during Ukrainian conflict

MEPs ask EC about Russian use of Ceuta’s port during Ukrainian conflict

Date; 21.o3.2016 Source: CNA Brussels (CNA).- Russian military ships, including frigates, destroyers and attack submarines, repeatedly used the Spanish port of Ceuta during the civil conflict in Ukraine. According to Ceuta’s local press, this port, located in North Africa, was used by Russia’s fleet at least 57 times between 2011 and 2015 along the ships’ […]

“If you talk to me in Catalan, I’ll call this trial off”

“If you talk to me in Catalan, I’ll call this trial off”

Date: 15.03.2016 Author: Selena Soro Source: Ara in English European Parliament to hear about discrimination of Catalan speakers Catalonia’s Plataforma per la Llengua presents a new report with incidents from 2013-15; Catalan MEPs will submit it to the Civil Liberties Committee for the first time Last Monday Catalonia’s Plataforma per la Llengua (“Platform for Catalan”(1)) […]

Juan Carlos says Franco, on his deathbed, entrusted him with preserving the unity of Spain

Juan Carlos says Franco, on his deathbed, entrusted him with preserving the unity of Spain

Date: 20.02.2016 Source: Vilaweb English France 3 airs controversial interview with the former king France 3, the French public television channel, yesterday aired a controversial ‘autobiographical’ documentary about former Spanish King Juan Carlos de Borbon. The documentary was co-produced by TVE, Spanish public television, which in recent years has avoided covering scandals involving the former […]

Embarrassing: PM admits to ‘wide-open diary’ in prank

Embarrassing: PM admits to ‘wide-open diary’ in prank

Date: 21.01.2016 Author: Emma Anderson Source: The Local Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy embarrassingly admits to having an “empty diary” when he falls for radio show prank. A radio show prankster tricked the 60-year-old leader of Spain’s conservative party into thinking he was actually talking to newly installed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. And in a key […]

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