The Remarkable Year in Protests

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A pro-independence protestor with a placard reading “My name is Catalonia” sits in front of Catalonia’s regional parliament as lawmakers voted inside in Barcelona on January 16, 2014.

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“Unas pocas cosas” (a few minor incidents)

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Yet more political corruption throughout Spain; calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation; a new left-wing party challenging bipartisan politics. Is the Spanish electorate ready to change the rules of the game?

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How To Do It: Follow American Example

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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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Catalogne : Portrait d’un fédéraliste

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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.

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“Dear editor”: Spanish diplomats fight back

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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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Thursday News Roundup

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Mr Mas faces court proceedings for his unabashed snubbing of Madrid’s authority in the November 9th referendum, but this has only boosted his popularity. Meanwhile, his offer of plebiscitary elections cleverly throws down two gauntlets at once. The first goes to his political rivals in the separatist Catalan Republican Left (ERC), which currently leads in opinion polls. The second gauntlet goes to Madrid.”

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Mas unveils plans for independence “in 18 months”

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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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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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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

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Weekend News Roundup

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  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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Thursday News Roundup

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The Economist | Let them vote The Madrid government should let the Catalans have a vote—and then defeat the separatists at the polls Sputnik | Catalan Independence Poll Results The Catalan government … 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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Editorial News Roundup

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International editorials

Bloomberg: Catalonia’s Vote Was a Success. Now Negotiate. Perhaps for the first time, the national government in Madrid made the smart choice, allowing the nonbinding “consultation” to go forward without interference from the police. In that same spirit, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy should now arrange for a proper referendum and a free and full debate.

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Tuesday News Roundup

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More than two million people voted in an informal independence consultation on Sunday – well above a third of Catalonia’s electorate. The figure matters significantly, and with the Scottish precedent still fresh, these are numbers that Madrid will not be able sweep under the constitutional carpet for much longer.

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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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Friday News Roundup

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Carme Forcadell, leader of the Catalan National Assembly

BBC | Santa Coloma: A town split between Catalonia and Spain This dormitory town of 120,000 people on the northern edge of Barcelona is sharply divided over the 9 November vote … Read More

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Thursday News Roundup

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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

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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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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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