Monday, April 14, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

1. Catalonia EU membership, a matter of political will

A new report by the Advisory Council for National Transition (CATN in Catalan) made public today stresses that it can’t be yet concluded whether an independent Catalonia would be left outside the EU:

Nationalia – Advisory body thinks continued Catalan EU membership will depend on “political, economic interests”
According to [CATN president] Pi-Sunyer, the “thesis that an independent Catalonia would automatically be left outside the EU does not have any solid legal basis. But he conceded that the opposite thesis (Catalonia would automatically remain as a EU member state) does not either. The final decision “will be taken in accordance with political and economic interests, with what arguments will be more important for the EU and its member states”.

You can read the full report in English here: “Paths for the integration of Catalonia to the European Union”.

2. French MEP: “EU doors not shut for Catalonia”  

Almost coinciding with the publication of the report, a rather rare endorsement to those who think Catalonia should –and would– stay within the Union came yesterday from the European People’s Party’s ranks: Maïté Sanchez-Schmid, from Nicholas Sarkozy’s UMP, told the Catalan News Agency that “Europe respects the peoples’ will, and will also respect what Catalans decide in the ballots”.

El Punt Avui – Una eurodiputada del PPE defensa que les portes de la UE “no estan tancades” a una eventual Catalunya independent 
Sanchez-Schmid says that speaking about a potential incorporation of an independent Catalonia to the EU “is difficult” because treaties do not contemplate such a possibility, but this does not mean “it is not possible”. She insists that the current EU “has nothing to do” with the European Economic Community of 1957, and it will continue to evolve “by accommodating changes and novelties” generated by its 28 member states.

3. Scotland’s fascination with Catalonia

The Catalan daily Help Catalonia interviews Scottish and Gaelic-speaking journalist Ruairidh MacIlleathain, who analyses in a thorough article the similarities and differences between Scotland and Catalonia.

Help Catalonia – Many people in Scotland are fascinated by the vigour of the independence movement in Catalonia
“Many people in Scotland (or Alba as we call it in my language) are fascinated by the vigour of the independence movement in Catalunya and, if we were called upon to lay a bet on which country might achieve independence first, we would be hard-put to know where to place our money. Putting a million people on the streets of Barcelona last year was a phenomenal achievement, and certainly not one that could be copied (even at a smaller scale) in Scotland.