Catalonia: The Choice between Freedom and Bondage

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The German digital newspaper “Neue Debatte” (New Debate) has published an article by a Professor of the University of Bremen, Axel Schönberger, on the current situation in Catalonia. We have summarized the key points in English here.

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Pursuing Clown Noses

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Blog by Marcel Barrera explores the abuse of the term “incitement to hatred” being seen in Catalonia at present, as increasingly authoritarian charges are made against people expressing themselves in various ways.

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Catalonia: The disgraceful march continues

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Gabriel Laflèche, of Swiss magazine l’1Dex, has penned a short, political piece, examining the so-called national characters of Spain and Catalonia. His examination of the “consquistador” nature of the Spanish political elite, and a national politics based on victory and humiliation of the defeated, rather than brokered peace and shared power, mean chances of peaceful co-existence are low, between the Spanish and the Catalans.

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We are not a concession

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By Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira “The strategy to generalize a system of autonomies throughout the State had a clear objective: reduce, dilute and neutralize the national influence of Catalonia as a political … Read More

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French newspaper ‘Le Monde’: “Independence has won again”

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Le Monde’s Roser Cussó declares the results of the 21st of December elections in Catalonia as a victory for independence, and that “one can no longer believe Spanish justice is independent”. See here for an English translation of the text.

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Interview with the President: “We will never know if the National Intelligence Centre’s disloyalty to the Catalan people prevented us from stopping an attack and many deaths”

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Puigdemont: “Is the security of the Catalans in the hands of this information service and the Spanish police guaranteed? Don’t the Mossos d’Esquadra guarantee it better, despite the fact they have been intervened with [via article 155]? Why has Mr. Trapero been thrown to the dogs and Mr. Forn today put in prison when they were the real actors behind the neutralisation of the Jihadist threat in Catalonia?”

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Research into strengths and weaknesses of the candidate cities to host the EMA headquarters, exposes bias in Spanish government’s treatment of Catalonia

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Research and scientific environment, university standards, as well as quality of life, are the main strengths of Barcelona. Weaknesses attributed to Barcelona bid are all within the remit of the Spanish government include number of European flights, % of Spanish economy dedicated to R&D, and Spain’s ranking in transparency and anti-corruption.

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A letter from Belgium

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The President and his ministers speak from exile in Belgium, ahead of this Saturday’s Day of Freedom, planned in Barcelona.

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Catalonia – Rampart of Democray against the extreme-right

Catalan MonitorArticles, News Roundup

The Catalan independence movement is above all a democratic and pacifist answer to a weakening of Western democracies, and not a project based on intolerant nationalism, which is found more on the Spanish side. Western democracies have weakened to such an extent that they are gradually approaching the extreme right.

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Editorial: Sociological Francoism

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We knew that the institutions of the State had changed very little. But now we are coming to realize that many of the people in our surroundings hadn’t either.

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Spain has political prisoners

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The anti-democratic drift of the Spanish government is reaching unimaginable levels of corruption, repression and restriction to personal freedoms. Repression, that those of us who have suffered through the Franco regime, thought we would never see again.

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Keeping up the imaginary civil war

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The Spanish state still blames the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War on Catalanism, and despite executing president in 1940 for “rebellion”, it refuses to apologize for the crimes of the Franco regime

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