Verkami: Catalan News Monitor’s crowd-funding campaign online

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The Plataforma pel Dret de Decidir has launched its online crowd-funding campaign through Verkami in order to take the Catalan News Monitor project forward into the next stage. The campaign is seeking donations to fund the project which, up until now, has been maintained thanks to a small amount of private finance, … Read More

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Mercè herald avoids conflict after controversial election

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The announcement of any festa major tends to be pretty run-of-the-mill, watched only by a few bored retirees, local authorities and a couple of curious souls. In fact, this Thursday’s herald, Javier Pérez Andújar, admitted that this was the first time he had been to such an event. But this year’s Mercè … Read More

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Margallo at UN: process is “advancing at full throttle

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When it comes to the Catalan independence process, “we’re boxing with one arm tied behind our back”. This is the metaphor used by the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manual García-Margallo, in complaining to the UN about the “grotesque” situation of political stalemate in Spain which is limiting the government’s capabilities to … Read More

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Spanish government offered Mas pact before 9-N, says Homs

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The former Minister of the Presidency, Francesc Homs, explained yesterday during his declaration to the Spanish Supreme Court that the government of Rajoy had offered the Generalitat a pact before the 9-N vote. Homs explained in an interview with Catalunya Ràdio that a few days before 9-N someone who spoke … Read More

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Altafaj carries on work as normal

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The Permanent Representative of the Government to the European Union, Amadeu Altafaj, made clear that he would continue working just as he has ever since the government gave him the position. This was Altafaj’s response to the Catalan Supreme Court of Justice decision to suspend his title of “Permanent Representative” to … Read More

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AMI, ACM, Òmnium and ANC demand right to decide in support with those being investigated for 9-N

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Pro-sovereignty groups (Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI), Òmnium Cultural, the National Catalan Assembly (ANC) and the Catalan Association of Municipalities (ACM)) demanded, this Friday 16th September, the right of Catalans to decide their own future as a nation before Francesc Homs’ imminent declaration in front of the Supreme Court for his … Read More

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11 September: mayors and councillors take part in another mass Diada

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Mass demonstration of the Catalan people for the fifth consecutive celebration of the 11th September national day. Mayors and councillors took part in the gatherings organised in Barcelona, Berga, Lleida, Salt and Tarragona in favour of the new republic. In the past few weeks the Association of Municipalities for Independence … Read More

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Spain provokes diplomatic conflict with Lithuania over Barcelona Consul

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs has declared the honorary Lithuanian Consul in Barcelona, Xavier Vinyals, “unacceptable for the exercising of consular fuctions” and has withdrawn his “exequatur“, or the authorisation which he enjoyed, following the recent 11th September, the national day of Catalonia, the Diada. According to the Spanish government, … Read More

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Camp Nou fills with Estelades to defend freedom of expression

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The ANC, Òmnium Cultural, the Plataforma Pro Seleccions Esportives Catalanes and the Associació de Juristes Drets distributed 30,000 estelades (Catalan pro-independence flags) before the Champions’ League game between FC Barcelona and Glasgow Celtic, which ended in a victory for the Catalan team of 7 to nil. According to a note from the … Read More

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Rajoy ignores Diada in first appearance after demonstration

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Not a single word from the acting President of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy, about yesterday’s mass demonstration in his first public appearance after the Diada. During a 20 minute speech, and in plain view of the press, at a plenary meeting of the PP in Congress, Rajoy focused on threshing … Read More

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The Diada fills the streets again

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For the fifth consecutive year and this time with a decentralised programme, the Diada has once again filled the streets of Catalonia behind the pro-independence flag. Furthermore, it went ahead with repeated calls to the government and the parliament to bring out the ballot boxes in order to hold a … Read More

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Protest in favour of “Pays Catalan” in Perpignan

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There has been a mass demonstration in Perpignan in favour of adding “Pays Catalan” to the name of the French macro-region. It was the culmination of demands arising from the region which encompasses Montpellier and Toulouse ever since the area was given the sole name of “Occitanie”. 12,000 people, according … Read More

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Catalan student “discriminated” at Andalusian university

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Carmen Hidalgo is a Catalan student who moved with her parents to live in Andalusia for work reasons. Having passed the Selectivitat (the Spanish university access exam) with good marks, she tried to matriculate at the University of Cordoba, but, according to her theory, the fact that she had studied Catalan … Read More

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The case of the “French Catalans” appears in The New York Times

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The Northern Catalan revolt against the new denomination for the French macro-region which is subsuming Catalan identity under the name of Occitania has appeared in The New York Times which reported on the case in an article titled “‘Don’t Erase Us’: French Catalans Fear Losing More Than a Region’s Name”. The text states … Read More

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From forgetting the dead to the rights of the living

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Memory politics is one of the government’s strategic keys. The break with the political system which was undertaken during the transition also brought with it a turning point in the delicate topic of how we deal with the past. The department of External Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency, lead by … Read More

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International press starts reporting on the Diada

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After four years of large demonstrations for the 11th of September, the international press now has the Catalan Diada (national day) marked in their calendars and report on it year after year. This year the French Le Petit Journal has already published an article explaining Catalonia’s aspirations to become a republic. The … Read More

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Margallo brings up the unilateral declaration of independence with Italy and the Vatican

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The acting minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García-Margallo, met today with the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Paul Richard Gallagher, with whom he brought up the topic of Catalan independence and the political situation in Spain. García-Margallo passed a letter to Gallagher as well as to his Italian counterpart … Read More

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Anti-independence spies at work in Andorra

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“I can’t live with this distress”. Higini Cierco, one of the major shareholders in the Banca Privada d’Andorra (BPA), has spent 27 months guarding a secret regarding significant extortion in Operation Catalonia. Higini Cierco, a key shareholder in BPA, remained silent out of fear. That’s what he explained to the … Read More

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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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