#SpanishDemocracyFails

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Today the ex councilor Homs goes on trial in Madrid for taking the ballot boxes to the streets on the 9N, responding to the will of the people. Democracy is … Read More

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‘CA 25’, a sign?

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Plataforma per la Llengua (the Pro-language Platform) recently took part in a seminar called ‘Respecting linguistic diversity? Language Discrimination in the European Union’ at the European Parliament. We were able to present our report “If you speak to me in Catalan, the trial will be suspended” to MEPs, advisers, members of the European Commission and members of the European Council.

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Catalan leaders announce early elections in September

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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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Pro-independence grassroots groups urge parties to agree on roadmap

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Agreement and elections campaign

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) started a campaign to put pressure on political parties for a secession roadmap to be agreed upon. The independence process, which gathered momentum last November 9 with a symbolic referendum, has since stalled after the two biggest separatist parties have failed to agree on an electoral arrangement to bypass Spain’s permanent ban on a legal referendum.

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Catalan independence: one month to find an electoral arrangement

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Catalan pro-independence parties (Credits: CDC)

Catalan pro-independence parties are under increasing pressure to find the formula allowing them to pursue the next step towards an independent state. Although the Catalan elections are scheduled for 2016, few doubt that an early vote will likely be held during 2015 as the only way out of the current political stalemate.

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“Dear editor”: Spanish diplomats fight back

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Spanish embassy in London (Wikimedia Commons)

As Catalan pro-independence actors –government and civil society alike– increase their lobbying efforts for the case for Catalan independence, Spain’s diplomatic corps are growing anxious. Embassies in Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Italy have publicly vowed to fight back.

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Pro-independence parties disagree on roadmap

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Oriol Junqueras (ERC) greets president Artur Mas (CDC) Credits: Diari Ara

Following the success of November 9’s non-binding referendum on Catalan independence, the three main political parties supporting secession disagree on which step to take next. The notion of a “unitary list”, first put forward by president Artur Mas, is not the preferred option for the left-leaning ERC and CUP.

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November 9 referendum: final results announced

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The Catalan government has made public the definitive turnout figures for the November 9 non-binding referendum on independence, after the closure of the seven polling stations that remained opened for those who weren’t able to participate on November 9.

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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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