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.


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.


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.


Catalonia court opens investigation of mock independence vote

Catalan MonitorJurist

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The formal investigation will center on Catalonia’s President Artus Mas, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Joana Ortega and Education Minister Irene Rigau for their roles in organizing or facilitating the November 9 vote.


Spain investigates Catalonia leader over independence vote

Catalan MonitorRussia Today

Artur Mas (Russia Today)

Catalonia’s high court said Monday it is going to open an investigation into the alleged disobedience of regional president Artur Mas for holding a symbolic independence referendum in November in defiance of Madrid’s opposition.


Spain’s state prosecutor steps down after spat over Catalonia

Catalan MonitorReuters


Torres-Dulce had fought for the independence of his role when the central government pressed him to bring a lawsuit against Catalan head Artur Mas for going ahead with a symbolic vote on secession from Spain after Madrid blocked a full-blown referendum in the courts.


Catalogne : Portrait d’un fédéraliste

Catalan MonitorLe Journal International

Le 9 novembre dernier, les Catalans étaient appelés à voter dans un référendum sur l’indépendance de leur région. Ce référendum, sans effets légaux et interdit par l’état central, a connu une excellente participation de plus de 2 millions de personnes. Les citoyens avaient le choix entre l’indépendance ou le statu quo.


“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.


Tuesday News Roundup

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Salmond and Junqueras at FP

The Spain Report | Head Of The Spanish Army Says A Weak Central Spain Is Powering Catalan Secession Movement ‘In incendiary remarks about the situation in Catalonia, Spain’s top soldier said … Read More


#N92014 News Roundup: Video

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The New York Times | Polls open in Catalonia for an informal vote on independence Voting begins in Barcelona as Catalans submit their ballots in a symbolic referendum on independence from Spain … Read More


Thursday News Roundup

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JF Kennedy

AFP (via Zeenews) | Army of volunteers canvasses for Catalan independence Knocking on neighbours` doors in central Barcelona, 46-year-old engineer Jaime Gutierrez and retiree Toni Vinas, 74, are out canvassing their … Read More


FC Barcelona state support to referendum

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

FC Barcelona give support to Catalan National Pact for Self-Determination — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 10, 2014 Representatives of Football Club Barcelona have made public the team’s engagement with the Pacte Nacional pel … Read More