Breaking up is hard to do

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EUobserver on Catalonia

The overwhelming Yes among those who voted is likely to stiffen the resolve of Mas and his supporters to demand a binding referendum in the future.

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Results of the Referendum

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Sputnik on Catalonia

Each year we make choices that affect our future – even more so when these choices are made by entire nations. In 2014 several regions around the world faced a dilemma – autonomy or unity.

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Agreement on plebiscite elections in Catalonia imminent

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Voters in Barcelona

Five weeks after the socio-political bomb of November 9, the president of the autonomous government in Barcelona has promised to reveal the resumption of the sovereignist process just after Christmas. His partner ERC is set to listen very carefully.

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How To Do It: Follow American Example

Catalan MonitorTown Hall

Town Hall on Catalan and Scottish independence

The rage for secession continues to sputter — from Scotland to Catalonia — and to threaten long-established political systems that have preserved peace and stability by keeping nations unified.

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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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Wednesday News Roundup

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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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Weekend News Roundup

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The New York Times - Vilaweb

  Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature recently accused the Catalan movement for independence of being “a threat to Spanish democracy“, in an article published at The New … Read More

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Wednesday News Roundup

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Artur Mas article at The Guardian

“I call on Spain’s government, and also on Spain’s people, to listen to the people of Catalonia. The hour has come and our whole hearts are in this. I also call on the international community to urge President Rajoy and Spain’s parliament to allow Catalonia to choose its own system of government, for ourselves and for our children. Spain was a shining example of a country that suffered 40 years of dictatorship and peacefully transformed almost overnight into a western democracy. Let’s keep that light of democracy shining.”

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#9N2014 News Roundup

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International Business Times | Catalonia Independence Vote: Though Unofficial, Ballot Will Likely Show Catalan Nationalism As Powerful Force In stark contrast to the Scottish referendum, financial markets and businesses are utterly … Read More

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#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

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Saturday News Roundup

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Vilaweb | Editorial: Homage to Catalans Following yesterday’s editorial in English language by Ara, today is the turn of Vilaweb, one of Catalonia’s prominent online dailies, to publish an op-ed signed by the director … Read More

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Tuesday News Roundup

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France Info | Catalogne : Barcelone maintient son vote sur l’indépendance En attendant un examen sur le fond, le tribunal constitutionnel espagnol a suspendu mardi le vote symbolique du 9 novembre … Read More

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Weekend News Roundup

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Peace Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu

Irish Times | Junqueras skilfully surfs Catalan independence wave Surging pro-independence leader outflanks moderate rival Mas as tension with Madrid increases. The Spain Report |Catalonia To Take Legal Action Against Spanish … 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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FC Barcelona state support to referendum

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FC Barcelona give support to Catalan National Pact for Self-Determination http://t.co/o0DZfuxwHJ pic.twitter.com/lPJAG1D9Jr — 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

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White paper: The National Transition of Catalonia

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The Catalan government has made available the white paper ‘The National Transition of Catalonia [pdf]’, a document that summarises the origins of the pro-independence surge and the roadmap to achieve statehood. It covers … Read More

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