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Altafaj: ‘The European leaders are taking the process in Catalonia very seriously’

Sunday, 25 january 2015 | VilaWeb
The representative of the Government of Catalonia in Brussels reminds that the EU in the past has done things that were legally impossible and politically inconceivable and believes that pragmatism will prevail in the case of independence

Review: Victus – The Fall of Barcelona, by Albert Sánchez Piñol

Friday, 23 january 2015 | THE IRIS TIMES
THE IRIS TIMES 21-01-2015   FRANK MAcGABHANN     Three hundred years ago last September, early on the morning of September 11th, 1714, the nuns in the Convent of St Peter in the then walled city of Barcelona lean out of the windows of their convent and, with shot and shell exploding around them and the air thick with smoke, implore their defenders , “Keep fighting – the angels are on their way to help us”.   Shortly after, the Marquis de Varennes, the Bourbon regimental commander who had led his French troops into the city through one of the breached walls, orders his soldiers to take aim at the convent. [+]

Guida per capire l’accordo tra il Presidente catalano Artur Mas e il capo dell’opposizione Oriol Junqueras

Thursday, 22 january 2015 | ARA
ARA 15-01-2015 ORIOL MARCH Pochi minuti dopo le tre di pomeriggio dello scorso mercoledì 14 gennaio, i rappresentanti del sovranismo civile arrivavano al Palau de la Generalitat, sede del governo catalano, con lo “spirito” di raggiungere un’intesa. Quattro ore più tardi, il presidente del governo della Catalogna Artur Mas compariva davanti ai mezzi di comunicazione per spiegare l’accordo raggiunto con il leader del partito della sinistra repubblicana Oriol Junqueras: ricostituire l’unità sovranista e, inoltre, proporre una data per il referendum definitivo da tenersi in forma di elezioni plebiscitarie. [+]

Guide to understanding the Mas-Junqueras agreement

Wednesday, 21 january 2015 | ARA
ARA 15-01-2015   ORIOL MARCH   It was just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday when the representatives of  the pro-independence NGOs arrived at the Palau de la Generalitat in the hopes of coming to an agreement. Four hours later, Artur Mas appeared in front of the media to announce an agreement with seven key points allowing two objectives: re-establishing unity and, in addition, setting a date for the definitive referendum which will take place in the form of plebiscitary elections. [+]

1.4 million Catalans signed international complaint against Rajoy for banning self-determination vote

Tuesday, 20 january 2015 | CNA
Barcelona (ACN).-

The Spanish Government “violates the Catalan people’s right to decide its own political future and bans the exercise of democracy through a referendum or an internationally standardised consultation vote”, reads the document signed by 1,386,628 citizens and 3,703 elected representatives such as mayors and MPs.

The document will be sent to the United Nations, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The complaint reports on the “Spanish Government’s anti-democratic attitude” for ignoring an electoral mandate from 2012 – in which 80% of the newly-elected Catalan Parliament ran promising a legal and binding self-determination vote in Catalonia, in elections that became a sort of plebiscite on this issue. In addition, the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has unilaterally imposed his no-to-everything attitude since mid-2012, despite the numerous peaceful citizen demonstrations and demands from Catalonia’s legitimate representatives.

The complaint asks the international community to make the necessary steps “to guarantee that the Catalan people can democratically decide its political future”.

The signatures were collected during the symbolic vote on independence held on 9 November by the civil society organisations Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural, as well as by the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI). The signatures of elected representatives already started on the 5 November last. 

Katalonien stimmt bei plebiszitären Neuwahlen über Unabhängigkeit ab

Sunday, 18 january 2015 | TELEPOLIS
TELEPOLIS 16-01-2015   RALF STRECK   Zwei Monate hat die Republikanische Linke Kataloniens (ERC) mit den regierenden Christdemokraten (CiU) gerungen. Am späten Mittwoch einigte sich der ERC-Chef Oriol Junqueras nun mit dem katalanischen Ministerpräsident Artur Mas auf vorgezogene Neuwahlen, um die Bevölkerungen legal und mit allen Garantien in plebiszitären Wahlen über die Unabhängigkeit von Spanien abstimmen zu lassen. Mehrfach hatte die spanische Regierung sogar unverbindliche Volksbefragung verbieten lassen. [+]

Catalunha com eleições a 27 de Setembro

Friday, 16 january 2015 | PUBLICO
PUBLICO   15-01-2015   JOÃO RUELA RIBEIRO     A Catalunha vai ter eleições antecipadas a 27 de Setembro, depois de um acordo alcançado na quarta-feira entre o presidente da Generalitat, Artur Mas, e o líder da Esquerda Republicana (ERC), Oriol Junqueras. O anúncio põe um ponto final num braço-de-ferro entre o Governo regional e os republicanos. A apenas um dia do final do ultimato dado a Mas por Junqueras para a marcação das eleições catalãs, os dois partidos alcançaram um compromisso para manter vivo o sonho independentista. [+]

Catalans raise stakes on secession with early polls

Thursday, 15 january 2015 | FINANCIAL TIMES
Catalonia will hold an early election on September 27 in a bid to inject fresh momentum into the region’s campaign for independence and rally popular support for a historic break with Spain [+]

Tour de force elettorale Catalogna, 3 elezioni in 9 mesi

Thursday, 15 january 2015 | ANSA
ANSAmed   15-01-2015   di PAOLA DEL VECCHIO   E' una autentica maratona elettorale quella alla quale sono chiamati nei prossimi mesi i catalani, dopo l'annuncio fatto dal presidente della Generalitat, Artur Mas (CiU), che ha convocato elezioni regionali anticipate per il prossimo 27 settembre, che saranno precedute il 25 maggio dalle elezioni municipali e seguite, in autunno, da quelle politiche. La 'fumata bianca' è stata annunciata ieri sera da Mas dopo l'intesa raggiunta dal suo partito, Convergencia Democratica (CDC), con i soci dell'UDC nella confederazione Convergencia i Unió (CiU), con il leader di Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Erc), Oriol Junqueras, e con i responsabili della società civile indipendentista: l'Asemblea Nacional Catalana, Omnium Cultural e l'Associazione di Municipi per l'Indipendenza. [+]

Des élections en Catalogne le 27 septembre pour décider de l'indépendance

Thursday, 15 january 2015 | LA TRIBUNE

Le président du gouvernement régional, Artur Mas, a annoncé la convocation d'élections anticipées le 27 septembre. Les partis indépendantistes iront en ordre dispersés, mais auront tous la même "feuille de route" pour la séparation d'avec l'Espagne dans leurs programmes. [+]

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Wednesday, 23.7.2014 10:30

The clock keeps ticking in Catalonia

With less than four months to go until November 9th, the scheduled date for a referendum on independence in Catalonia, those advocating for a negotiated solution – the so-called "third way" ... [+]

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