C’s suggest sending state inspectors to combat linguistic immersion

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The liberals want to compensate giving up their fight against corruption with proposals related to Catalonia and social policies. Albert Rivera, leader of Ciudadanos, has deemed the legal and judicial offensive against linguistic immersion which was carried out by the state during the previous government term as insufficient and has … Read More

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Attacks against Catalan institutions continue

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The pro-union platform Libres e Iguales, presided over by Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, has denounced the President of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, for disobeying the State General Prosecution. The organisation considers that she committed a crime when she allowed the debate and approval of the conclusions of the Commission to … Read More

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Catalan institutions under threat

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The President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, received a notification from the Constitutional Tribunal this past Thursday informing her that the conclusions of the Constituent Process had been suspended. It also notified her of the possible sanctions which could be applied against her for having allowed the vote on … Read More

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What is life really like in Catalonia?

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With the title “What is life really like in Catalonia, Spain?”, the video contextualises the political and social reality of Catalonia within Spain with the use of economic data regarding unemployment and tourism. It also delves into the Catalan culture, both in terms of the gastronomy and the language. Seeker … Read More

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The Spanish government puts the President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, under the scrutiny of the Constitutional Tribunal

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The Constitutional Tribunal is going to analyse the case brought by the Spanish government against the President of the Parliament, Carme Forcadell, for what it considers a failure to comply with a ruling which prohibited the any session regarding the constituent process this Monday. Thus the judicial dispute between the … Read More

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International press on the decision of the Catalan Parliament

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Press sources from around the world have been talking about the Catalan Parliament’s recent decision to disobey the Constitutional Tribunal and take a vote on a text regarding the unilateral mechanism of separation with the Spanish state.   Sputnik – Catalan Parliament Expresses Support to Process of Region’s Secession From … Read More

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Despite the threats of the Consitutional Tribunal, the Catalan Parliament approves the conclusions of the Constituent Process Commission

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Nine days after the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal warned the Catalan parliament not to take a vote on the text which set out the “unilateral mechanism” for separating with the Spanish state as it contravened the constitutional structure of the country, the pro-independence parties within the Parliament of Catalonia took the … Read More

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Separatist movement in Catalonia steps up battle with Madrid

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On the road towards separation from Spain, the Catalan parliament defies the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal and holds a debate over the unilateral separation process. The Spanish government has called this move an act against democracy as it goes against the national constitution. Read it at The Guardian »

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Pro-Independence parties agree on disconnection process

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The governing pro-independence party in the Catalan Parliament, Junts Pel Sí (Together for Yes), and the radical-left independence party CUP have come to agreement regarding the process they will follow to disconnect Catalonia from Spain. Having decided that the Spanish government will not give way for any political compromise, a … Read More

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The Daily Telegraph’s Homage to Catalonia, 80 years on

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The account declares that Catalonia is ‘kilometres ahead of the rest of Spain’ in terms of remembering the past. Now, 80 years after the outbreak of the 1936-39 Spanish civil war, the Daily Telegraph has decided to pay homage to the conflict. With British and Catalan accounts, the report ‘Homage … Read More

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‘CA 25’, a sign?

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Plataforma per la Llengua (the Pro-language Platform) recently took part in a seminar called ‘Respecting linguistic diversity? Language Discrimination in the European Union’ at the European Parliament. We were able to present our report “If you speak to me in Catalan, the trial will be suspended” to MEPs, advisers, members of the European Commission and members of the European Council.

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Existence of ‘Operation Catalonia’ confirmed

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The superintendent of the Spanish National Police Body, José Manuel Villarejo Pérez has confirmed the existence of a secret, extra-judicial “Operation Catalonia”, almost in passing, during a separate court-hearing. The operation consisted of searching for cases of corruption involving leading members of pro-independence Catalan parties. Villarejo worked on this operation … Read More

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Possible fraud in June 26 elections

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A second round of elections were held in Spain on June 26 after several months of failed attempts by the main political parties to form a government following the previous December 20 elections. This recording is the result of a journalistic investigation. Questions regarding the validity of the June 26 … Read More

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Towards another Europe

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Following the announcement of the United Kingdom European Union (EU) membership referendum, the results of the European opinion polls have ben released. Only six out of 28 State members support to remain belonging to the EU. The rest has not exceeded the 50% of the favourable quota. Is this a … Read More

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All together against a state with poor democratic principles

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The organisations below would like to express the following statements to the public opinion: 1. As an excuse of acting in the name of law and stability, the Spanish government continues to confuse democracy with the established order. It has intensified this position throughout the process that has led us … Read More

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Junts pel no a un estat espanyol poc democràtic

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Les entitats sotasignants manifesten, davant l’opinió pública, que: Amb l’excusa d’actuar en nom de la llei i d’un Estat de dret, el govern espanyol continua confonent la democràcia amb l’ordre establert. Ha intensificat aquesta posició durant tot el procés que ens ha dut a les eleccions del 27 de setembre. … Read More

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Was this an earthquake in Spanish politics? Not quite, but it’s coming soon

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Historic victory for Ada Colau in municipal elections in Barcelona (The Guardian)

Despite being left aside for the duration of the campaign it’s still there: the stubborn Catalan issue. At least in theory, there will be a Catalan regional election in September which – if it finally takes place – will be no ordinary vote. The Catalan government intends to turn it into a referendum on independence, no less, and if Sunday’s results are replicated then it may actually win it.

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Catalan schools boycott Spain’s latest controversial measure on education

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More than 360.000 3rd Grade Spanish students are due to take part on the first ever external examination under the LOMCE, Spain’s new, highly controversial education bill. […] In Catalonia about thirty schools are planning to boycott the test, despite the Ministry’s threat to bring disobedient schools to the courts.

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International media report on anti-Catalan hate speech following plane crash

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Twitter user @elsomatent compiled a news digest from international media reactions to the surge of abuse and hatred speech against the victims of the German Wings air crash which took place yesterday, March 24. Spain’s interior ministry today announced it will prosecute the authors of tens of mocking messages on social media.

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When can Catalans stop apologizing for being Catalan?

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And then the waves of anti-Catalan hate tweets began. “I think the plane accident is just fine if it was full of Catalans.” “Plane full of Catalans and Germans crashes in France. #winwinwin” “Come on, don’t get bent out of shape, it was just Catalans in the plane, not people.” “OK, I’m going to say what half of Spain is thinking: here’s hoping that those 45 Spanish surnames belong to Catalans, Basques and [despective term for South Americans]”.

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