Mas unveils plans for independence “in 18 months”

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Artur Mas' conference

Catalonia’s president Artur Mas yesterday unveiled new plans “to achieve independence in 18 months”. Following November 9’s non-binding referendum, the Catalan leader argues that Catalonia is in “the last stages of this process”, and declared that the “only tool” available to let Catalans decide their future is to call early elections.

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  A few days ago, the former president of Portugal, Mario Soares wrote an op-ed at the leading Portuguese paper Público, in which he argued that Catalonia should be allowed … Read More

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Catalan president Artur Mas

Guardian | Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum Although various judges have backed away from what they saw as the use of the judiciary for political ends, the attorney … Read More

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Europp Blog | The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future This is a time for … Read More

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Chief of the General Staff Jaime Domínguez Buj likened the current state of affairs in the country to Spain’s losses more than a century ago during the Spanish-American War. “When the metropolis is weak,” Dominguez said, “the collapse happens.” By metropolis, he is using a term popular among academics for the center of political and colonial power in an empire.

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The Spain Report | Head Of The Spanish Army Says A Weak Central Spain Is Powering Catalan Secession Movement ‘In incendiary remarks about the situation in Catalonia, Spain’s top soldier said … Read More

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  Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature recently accused the Catalan movement for independence of being “a threat to Spanish democracy“, in an article published at The New … Read More

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The Economist | Let them vote The Madrid government should let the Catalans have a vote—and then defeat the separatists at the polls Sputnik | Catalan Independence Poll Results The Catalan government … Read More

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Artur Mas article at The Guardian

“I call on Spain’s government, and also on Spain’s people, to listen to the people of Catalonia. The hour has come and our whole hearts are in this. I also call on the international community to urge President Rajoy and Spain’s parliament to allow Catalonia to choose its own system of government, for ourselves and for our children. Spain was a shining example of a country that suffered 40 years of dictatorship and peacefully transformed almost overnight into a western democracy. Let’s keep that light of democracy shining.”

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Bloomberg: Catalonia’s Vote Was a Success. Now Negotiate. Perhaps for the first time, the national government in Madrid made the smart choice, allowing the nonbinding “consultation” to go forward without interference from the police. In that same spirit, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy should now arrange for a proper referendum and a free and full debate.

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More than two million people voted in an informal independence consultation on Sunday – well above a third of Catalonia’s electorate. The figure matters significantly, and with the Scottish precedent still fresh, these are numbers that Madrid will not be able sweep under the constitutional carpet for much longer.

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International Business Times | Catalonia Independence Vote: Though Unofficial, Ballot Will Likely Show Catalan Nationalism As Powerful Force In stark contrast to the Scottish referendum, financial markets and businesses are utterly … Read More

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The New York Times | Polls open in Catalonia for an informal vote on independence Voting begins in Barcelona as Catalans submit their ballots in a symbolic referendum on independence from Spain … Read More

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Vilaweb | Editorial: Homage to Catalans Following yesterday’s editorial in English language by Ara, today is the turn of Vilaweb, one of Catalonia’s prominent online dailies, to publish an op-ed signed by the director … Read More

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BBC | Santa Coloma: A town split between Catalonia and Spain This dormitory town of 120,000 people on the northern edge of Barcelona is sharply divided over the 9 November vote … Read More

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AFP (via Zeenews) | Army of volunteers canvasses for Catalan independence Knocking on neighbours` doors in central Barcelona, 46-year-old engineer Jaime Gutierrez and retiree Toni Vinas, 74, are out canvassing their … Read More

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France Info | Catalogne : Barcelone maintient son vote sur l’indépendance En attendant un examen sur le fond, le tribunal constitutionnel espagnol a suspendu mardi le vote symbolique du 9 novembre … Read More

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The Telegraph | Catalan referendum plans thwarted by government Archbishop Desmond Tutu comes out in support of independence vote, as Madrid goverment calls it a “perversion” of the democratic process Bloomberg | … Read More

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Peace Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu

Irish Times | Junqueras skilfully surfs Catalan independence wave Surging pro-independence leader outflanks moderate rival Mas as tension with Madrid increases. The Spain Report |Catalonia To Take Legal Action Against Spanish … Read More

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