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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 to hold a vote on independence. Today, the Catalan president Artur Mas contributes to the debate with an article in which he gives the reasons of the pro-independence camp:

Público | Artur Mas: “Why Can’t Catalonia Vote” [Portuguese] “The right to vote is one of the most valuable rights to any democracy. All the other rights are more or less consequence of the opportunity given to citizens to express their opinion in important questions with their vote.”

Bloomberg | Barcelona Said to Be Considered as Site of Spain’s Senate
The Spanish government is studying a proposal to move the national Senate to Barcelona from Madrid as part of a program of measures to convince Catalans to remain part of Spain, according to two people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

L’Obs | Catalan independence? Nation states should respect the diverse identities [French] The Catalan issue raises multiple questions beyond its own specificity; these risk to be extended to numerous other societies in years to come. The only real response to these identity challenges probably lays within the exercise of citizen democracy.

Miquel Strubell | The Case for Catalonia’s Independence
Miquel Strubell, sociolinguist at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, recently delivered a conference in Wales, in which he argued that:

  • The Catalan people have a right to their national emancipation, to independence;
  • The Catalan people want independence;
  • The Catalan people deserve independence;
  • The Catalan people need independence.

Kate Shea Baird | An open letter to Catalonia from an undecided voter
When I moved to Barcelona in 2008 I was only vaguely aware of the existence of this strange land called ‘Catalonia’. Six years on, I spend almost every day debating its political future. There was even a point, around the beginning of this year, when I probably would have voted Yes to independence in a referendum. But I’m not there any more.

Vilaweb | Self-determination parties plead guilty in independence vote after Catalan President’s prosecution
On Friday, Spain’s Public Prosecution Office filed the criminal complaint against the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas; the Vice President, Joana Ortega; and the Catalan Minister for Education, Irene Rigau.

The Jerusalem Post | Catalan independence advocate looks to Israel, Germany for funding
Israel and Germany may be key to initially financing a Catalan state independent from Spain, a judicial advocate for a sovereign Catalonia has recently suggested.

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