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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 […]

Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs defends the legality of the new department

Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs defends the legality of the new department

Date: 18.01.2016 Source: CNA Barcelona (CNA).- Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs and cross-party list ‘Junts Pel Sí’top member, Raül Romeva, responded to the Spanish government’s claim that the new Catalan Ministry may violate some of the Spanish government’s functions. Foreign affairs “is a competence which is attributed to Catalonia and recognised in the Catalan Statute […]

Spain’s King refuses to receive Parliament’s President

Spain’s King refuses to receive Parliament’s President

Date: 11.01.2016 Source: CNA Barcelona (CNA).- . Parliament’s President, Carme Forcadell, requested an audience with Spain’s King to personally communicate the investiture of Carles Puigdemont as the new Catalan President. However, the Royal Household refused to receive her and asked Forcadell to do so in writing. Traditionally, the presidents of the Catalan, Basque and Galician […]

Kosovo signs EU association agreement

Kosovo signs EU association agreement

Date: 27.10.2015 Author: Andrew Macdowall Source: Politico Brussels embraces Kosovo in a bid to stabilize the Balkans. Kosovo signed a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union on Tuesday — a first step towards the still-distant prospect of EU membership. The agreement buttresses Kosovo’s fragile international status, and could helpstabilize it internally. Kosovo is […]

75 years after execution, no reparation from Spanish government to democratically elected Catalan president

75 years after execution, no reparation from Spanish government to democratically elected Catalan president

Date:15.10.2015 Source: Nationalia Handed over to Spanish authorities by the Gestapo, Lluís Companys was sentenced to death in 1940 · Catalan institutions, parties and civil society groups call the Spanish government to honour Companys’s memory It was on 15 October 1940 that Catalan president Lluís Companys was executed by firing squad at Montjuïc Castle in […]

Christian Democrat Unió ask the Europarliament not to put them in the ‘no’ block

Christian Democrat Unió ask the Europarliament not to put them in the ‘no’ block

Date: 29.09.2015 Author: Sara Prim Source: CNA Brussels (CNA).- “Please, do not put Unió and ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ [‘Catalonia Yes we Can’] in the ‘no’ block”, demanded Christian Democrat Unió MEP Francesc Gambús in an email sent to the 751 MEPs. By this, Gambús wanted to clarify comments made by Spanish conservative UPyD’s […]

‘EU accession will coincide with the proclamation of independence’, Altafaj

‘EU accession will coincide with the proclamation of independence’, Altafaj

Date: 09.09.2015 Authors: Pere Cardús & Assumpció Maresma Source: Vilaweb English Interview with the Catalan government’s permanent representative to the EU · Catalonia is in a position to maintain EU membership come independence, he says As the permanent representative of the Catalan government to the European Union at a time when Catalonia is getting ready […]

Ramon Tremosa: ‘We do not have to fear walking alone for a few weeks’

Ramon Tremosa: ‘We do not have to fear walking alone for a few weeks’

Date: 06.09.2015 Author: Josep Casulleras Source: Vilaweb English Interview with MEP who has just published the book ‘Let Catalonia Vote’ The capacity of Spanish diplomacy to pressurise and have an influence in Brussels is limited, and the Catalan sovereigntist process, though cautiously and with certain mistrust, is seen with greater respect than we believe. This is […]

“EU expulsion of Catalonia not legally tenable”, Romeva

“EU expulsion of Catalonia not legally tenable”, Romeva

Date: 26.08.2015 Author: D. Brugué Source: Catalonia Today The Catalan elections of 27-S present the opportunity that 9-N could not, according to the lead candidate of pro-independence organisation Junts pel Sí – Together for Yes – Raül Romeva in an interview with El Punt Avui television yesterday. Romeva stressed that the elections will be decisive […]