Deutsche Bank says that tax pillaging feeds independence

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Deutsche Bank says that tax pillaging feeds independence (Vilaweb)

In a report (pdf) published this week, Deutsche Bank criticises the share-out of wealth among the territories of the Spanish state. It highlights the Catalan process towards independence and explains that the poor distribution of resources is one of the principal causes of it, in addition to the political reasons.

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Judge Vidal about to get the sack over draft Catalan Constitution

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Judge Vidal about to get the sack over draft Catalan Constitution (Diari Ara)

Antonio Fonseca, the member of Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) tasked with disciplinary action, accuses the Catalan judge of “being actively involved” in the drafting of a Catalan Constitution “entirely on his own accord”.

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Spanish govt. studies appeal to Constitutional Court against opening of Catalan govt. delegations in Rome, Vienna

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Spain's Foreign Minister Margallo (Vilaweb)

The Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, has announced that the Spanish government is studying the possibility of bringing a contentious administrative appeal before the Spanish Constitutional Court over the opening of Catalan government delegations in Rome and Vienna and the Law of foreign action approved by the Parliament of Catalonia on 26 November 2014.

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Catalan literature boom

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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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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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ERC extends a hand, for now

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Catalonia Today

The passage of the Generalitat’s budget for 2015 could go ahead thanks to a gesture of support from ERC, which this newspaper reported on Saturday, after an internal debate to find a way to prioritise the social axis of consensus defended by the republicans and maintain the forward momentum of the sovereignty process.

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What is Catalan and where is it spoken?

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Catalan language map, by Help Catalonia

The linguistic domain extends over 68,000 square kilometres in four European states: Andorra; Spain (Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Aragon and Murcia); France and Italy.

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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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Weekend News Roundup

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  A few days ago, the former president of Portugal, Mario Soares wrote an op-ed at the leading Portuguese paper Público, in which he argued that Catalonia should be allowed … Read More

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Friday News Roundup

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Catalan president Artur Mas

Guardian | Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum Although various judges have backed away from what they saw as the use of the judiciary for political ends, the attorney … Read More

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Wednesday News Roundup

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The Washington Post screenshot

Chief of the General Staff Jaime Domínguez Buj likened the current state of affairs in the country to Spain’s losses more than a century ago during the Spanish-American War. “When the metropolis is weak,” Dominguez said, “the collapse happens.” By metropolis, he is using a term popular among academics for the center of political and colonial power in an empire.

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Wednesday News Roundup

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Image: @jordicalvis Catalan Assembly | Catalan citizens complain to the UN, EU and OSCE for the violation of their democratic rights Catalan citizens file complaints to request the support of international institutions to … Read More

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Thursday News Roundup

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Vilaweb | Rajoy moves ahead with its challenge to independence vote, as it draws more support in Catalonia The eight members of the standing committee of the Spanish government’s Council of … Read More

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Scotland says No as Catalans watch

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A historic turnout of 84% keeps Scotland in the United Kingdom with the promise of more devolved powers [The Scotsman | Scottish independence: Scotland votes No]. The referendum campaign and results have been watched … Read More

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Catalan referendum plans unchanged following Mas-Rajoy meeting

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Today’s meeting between the Catalan president Artur Mas and his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy was a major development after almost two years since they last met. Its outcome, however, wasn’t as newsworthy as the event itself: Rajoy repeated once again that “the referendum is illegal, and therefore, it can’t and it won’t be held”.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

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Electors awarded the pro-referendum parties in Catalonia a resounding victory at this weekend’s European elections, with a historic first position by the progressive Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (23%, 2 MEPs), … Read More

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