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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.