Thursday, May 15, 2014

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

1. “Wanna stay over?” World meets Catalonia

Do you want to know why Catalonia wants to be independent? Would you like to be part of Catalan culture for a weekend? Are you interested in town twinning? What do you think of the idea of Catalonia becoming the next European State?

If your answer to these questions is Yes, don’t hesitate and opt in to ANC’s latest initiative: World Meets Catalunya.

World Meets Catalonia | Catalans open their homes to you on 11th, 12th and 13th of July
What do we offer?
A chance to live with and meet Catalans and see how they are advancing towards independence.

The host family will take charge of your travel in Catalonia and meals and accommodation during your stay. Host families will also take you around the area, to places that might be of your interest and to the central event which will be organized for the occasion.

Who are the host families?
People committed to the political future of Catalonia most of whom are full members or supporters of the Catalan Assembly.

Why are we doing this?
Because we want the world to know how Catalan civil society lives and how it is working and getting organized to make the project of creating a new Catalan State, with a pro-European stance and democratic principles, come true.

2. Professor Buchanan: “Spain should find new ways, more autonomy and a fiscal arrangement”

Allen Buchanan (Ohio, 1948) is a Political Science professor at Duke University and also the author of several works on the topic of secession and self-determination. He spoke to El País about the Catalan case:
El País | “Catalonia should negotiate a larger autonomy with the assistance of a mediator”
Q: Does Catalonia have the right to hold a referendum to decide its future?
A: It doesn’t have the right to unilateral secession. Catalonia should try to negotiate a greater autonomy with Spain and the help of a qualified third party. If Catalans can prove that they have done everything in their power and Spain rejects a negotiation, then it will have a case. But it needs to exhaust the autonomist way first.
Q: How can negotiation take place if the Spanish government doesn’t want to discuss the referendum while the Catalan government only wants to debate a consultation?
A: The EU and some international institution should put pressure. […] A discussion needs to be held on the necessity of a more federal Spain. Sometimes one has the feeling that one just can’t question the very idea of the unitary state. They should be flexible in order to find new formulae, greater autonomy and a fiscal arrangement.