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Bloomberg · Barcelona mayor states Spanish Government pushed account claim

Bloomberg · Barcelona mayor states Spanish Government pushed account claim

Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias said newspaper editors tipped him off that Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz rang round the Spanish media urging them to publish allegations the city leader had a Swiss bank account. Trias is suing El Mundo newspaper over an Oct. 27 story claiming he had 12.9 million euros ($16.3 million) in an […]

Forbes · Strong support for Catalan Independence in the run up to symbolic vote

Forbes · Strong support for Catalan Independence in the run up to symbolic vote

A defiant Catalan government is planning to push ahead with a symbolic vote on independence on Sunday. The move follows an intense legal battle with Spain’s constitutional court agreeing to halt the planned referendum for the second time in quick succession. According to the Spanish government, any vote on secession by Catalonia or any other […]

Catalonia will vote on Sunday

Catalonia will vote on Sunday

Symbolic coincidence with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall After a long and tortuous ride, Catalonia will finally vote on its political future. It will not be the vote that many would have liked: a binding referendum, as held in Scotland and Quebec, agreed upon with their respective states, the consolidated […]

BBC News · Is Spain inflating the Catalonia souffle?

BBC News · Is Spain inflating the Catalonia souffle?

Catalonia and Spain are moving apart at a fast pace, and very little is being done to bring them back together. Until a few years ago, support for Catalan independence from Spain – independentisme – had its own steady niche of around 15% in polls and elections. Since 2010 it has mushroomed to 45%, 50% […]

Financial Times · Catalan leader relishes fight over independence vote

Financial Times · Catalan leader relishes fight over independence vote

The leader of Catalonia’s grass-roots independence movement has no doubt that voters will have their say on the Spanish region’s political future this Sunday, just as planned. If that means defying the government in Madrid, and ignoring a ruling by Spain’s highest court, then so be it. “For us, nothing changes. We will be there […]

Mediterráneo Digital · El SAT convoca manifestaciones en toda Andalucía a favor del ‘derecho a decidir’ de Cataluña

Mediterráneo Digital · El SAT convoca manifestaciones en toda Andalucía a favor del ‘derecho a decidir’ de Cataluña

El próximo 9 de noviembre, coincidiendo con la celebración de la consulta alternativa de Cataluña, se han convocado diversas manifestaciones en las ocho capitales de provincia de Andalucía para apoyar el derecho a decidir. Nestor Salvador, representante del Sindicato Andaluz de Trabajadores (SAT), ha participado este sábado en un acto de campaña de Ara és […]

Wall Street Journal · Catalonia to defy Spanish court on independence vote

Wall Street Journal · Catalonia to defy Spanish court on independence vote

Spain’s breakaway-minded Catalonia region upped the ante in its conflict with the central government Tuesday, saying that it intended to ignore a court ruling and allow a symbolic vote on independence to go ahead this weekend. Catalonia’s threat sets the stage for a tense weekend in a region where pro-independence demonstrations have attracted hundreds of […]

The Lithuania Tribune · Would Kennedy say “I am a Catalonian” today?

The Lithuania Tribune · Would Kennedy say “I am a Catalonian” today?

In thinking about European values and ideals, I wish to address all Europeans and particularly their political leaders. I particularly am addressing high-ranking politicians in Norway, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. I hope to touch their conscience and their courage. Half a century ago, the distinguished American president John Fitzgerald Kennedy stood alongside the […]

Bloomberg · Spain’s corruption may set Catalonia free

Bloomberg · Spain’s corruption may set Catalonia free

Catalonia’s determination to go ahead with a symbolic vote on independence from Spain on Sunday — despite being banned by the nation’s constitutional court — now has an additional layer of legitimacy. Spain’s ruling People’s Party, which scuppered the Catalan version of “devo-max” four years ago, has turned out to be so sickeningly corrupt that […]

Catalonia Votes · More than 220.000 Catalans living abroad will also be able to vote on Sunday

Catalonia Votes · More than 220.000 Catalans living abroad will also be able to vote on Sunday

In the last five years, in a context of economic crisis, the number of Catalans living abroad has practically doubled. Although precise figures are hard to determine, there are currently more than 220,000 Catalans living abroad. Even before the date of 9 November was announced for the consultation on independence, Catalans abroad asked not to […]