Catalans eye new independence ‘referendum’

Catalan MonitorAl Jazeera

Catalan independence (Al Jazeera)

Catalan nationalists are expected to outline a road map for independence in the coming weeks. Joint plans to build alternative state structures are being developed. Nevertheless May’s local elections could put a strain on the newfound unity between ERC and CiU.

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Report finds future Catalan state solvent

Catalan MonitorCatalonia Today

A report from the Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya concludes that an independent Catalonia would move up the international ranking to an A+ rating, with a strong capacity to meet financial commitments.

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Grassroots group ACPV will denounce Spain’s linguistic “supremacism” before UN

Catalan MonitorLa Veu del País Valencià

Valencian language at the UN

Following a session evaluating the state of human rights in Spain, which took place last January 21 in Geneve, the voice of Valencians will be heard at the UN headquarters next June. This has been possible thanks to the legal support by the European Network for Linguistic Equality (ELEN), which enabled Valencian grassroots groups Acció Cultural del País Valencià (ACPV) and Escola Valenciana (EV) to took part at the working sessions.

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Spain and Catalonia: Mas observation

Catalan MonitorThe Economist

Catalan president Artur Mas (The Economist)

Catalan independence, if it ever happens, has been pushed back at least seven months after the region’s president, Artur Mas, decided not to call a snap election but to opt instead for September 27th.

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Alternative diplomacy: Catalonia to open more missions abroad in 2015

Catalan MonitorRussia Today

Catalan Independence (Russia Today)

Yearning for secession from Spain, Catalonia is ready to finance more missions around the world to boost its independence bid. This year two or three new offices representing its interests are expected to open. The new delegations will most probably be opened in Asia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Catalonia already has missions in Austria, Britain, France, Germany Italy and the United States.

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Catalan literature boom

Catalan MonitorCatalonia Today

Catalan literature (Catalonia Today)

It is a project that began years ago and is being carried out by a team of professionals from different sectors coordinated under the umbrella of the Ramon Llull Institute. The fact is that this joint effort has borne fruit and Catalan literature is today known abroad as never before, with over a hundred translations per year, most of which receive economic support from the Llull.

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Catalonia’s diplomatic offensive

Catalan MonitorLe Figaro

Le Figaro

La Catalogne va se doter de nouvelles représentations à l’étranger en 2015, pour anticiper une éventuelle sécession si le camp indépendantiste l’emporte lors des élections régionales annoncées pour septembre, a-t-on appris aujourd’hui auprès de son exécutif.

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Review: Victus – The Fall of Barcelona, by Albert Sánchez Pinol

Catalan MonitorIrish Times

Catalan independence (Irish Times)

Spanish prime mariano Rajoy recently went to Paris to express his support for freedom of expression in the wake of the horrific killings there. Last September the Instituto Cervantes was due to launch the Dutch edition of Victus. Just days before it was due to be held, the Spanish embassy in the Netherlands ordered that the launch be cancelled.

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Catalans critical of Mas snap election delay

Catalan MonitorThe Scotsman

Catalans critical of Mas snap election delay - The Scotsman

There will be no joint slate but candidates will stand on an as-yet-to-be-defined “road map for independence”. The news of the poll has been received with little more than a shrug by ordinary Catalans, many of whom see what began as a popular movement being hijacked by the political old guard.

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Catalan leaders announce early elections in September

Catalan MonitorFeature

Agreement for early election (Government of Catalonia)

2015 is definitely set to be a crucial year in Catalonia and Spain politics. Following Artur Mas’ call of regional elections, Catalans will be summoned to polling booths up to three times throughout the year.

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Simon Harris: “Keys to the Mas-Junqueras Agreement”

Catalan MonitorCatalonia is Not Spain, News Roundup

Catalonia is Not Spain site screenshot

The Mas-Junqueras Agreement reached last night comes as great relief as it allows the Catalan independence process to move forward with elections on September 27th 2015. However, the two leaders have agreed on other aspects that will hopefully allow Catalonia to become independent following the elections.

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Catalonia sets date for early elections

Catalan MonitorEl País

Catalan independence (El País)

September 27 is the next big date on the Catalan leader’s calendar for regional independence, a project that reached a climax on November 9 last year with an informal referendum on self-rule that was closely followed by the Madrid central government.

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Catalan Leader Calls Early Vote in Push for Independence

Catalan MonitorBloomberg

Artur Mas (Bloomberg)

Mas reached an agreement with his separatist rival, Esquerra Republicana leader Oriol Junqueras, to run separate tickets, but with a common road map toward secession, making it a de facto referendum on secession.

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Defiant Catalonia leader Artur Mas calls early election

Catalan MonitorBBC

Catalan independence (BBC News)

Mr Mas’s pro-independence CiU coalition has failed to agree on a joint candidate list with the second-biggest party, the similarly separatist ERC. But they say that before the vote they will present a common roadmap towards independence from Spain. The region already has a high degree of autonomy.

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