The first defeat of the bloc of parties that supported the application of article 155 was the autonomic elections of December 21st, convened by Mariano Rajoy. That day, after an unprecedented judicial and political offensive, the independentists revalidated their absolute majority. The second defeat took place during today’s plenary session held to constitute the parliament and elect a speaker, during which the independence majority made itself known, again.
We are not a concession
By Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira
“The strategy to generalize a system of autonomies throughout the State had a clear objective: reduce, dilute and neutralize the national influence of Catalonia as a political community.”
Everyone knows, now, that the strategy to generalize a system of autonomies throughout the State in 1977, had a clear objective: reduce, dilute and neutralize the national influence of Catalonia as a political community. In fact, the Principality was the...
Roger Torrent elected new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, on strength of pro-independence votes
The leader of the Republican Leftist party (ERC) takes over from Carme Forcadell thanks to the 65 votes of Together for Catalonia (JxC), ERC and the CUP, including the delegated votes of Junqueras, Forn and Sànchez. Josep Costa and José María Espejo-Saavedra take on the vice presidencies of the chamber after Ciutadans and the Partido Popular expressed displeasure at prisoners being allowed to delegate votes.
Antoni Abat Ninet: “Haven’t the ‘tweeties’ left the port? So why are we holding back?
Photo: Antoni Abat Ninet (Credit: Vilaweb)
By Andreu Barnils, Vilaweb, 11th January 2018
Antoni Abat Ninet. Forty-three years old. Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen, having previously worked at Stanford, Georgetown and ESADE. In 2016, he made an influential speech in the Catalan parliament which greatly change the pro-sovereignty road map: after his intervention, many people went from wanting to have elections to eagerly desiring a the referendum. Now...