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Patrizio Rigobon risponde a Wlodek Goldkorn e Javier Cercas

Saturday, 30 august 2014 | LEspresso
Patrizio Rigobon, docente di Ca' Foscari a Venezia, risponde alle affermazioni di Javier Cercas su L'Espresso del 14 agosto 2014 con un testo scritto espressamente per, che si configura come breve saggio sui luoghi comuni, più o meno malevoli, sulla Catalogna. “Ogni qualvolta una teoria ti sembra essere l’unica possibile, prendilo come un segno che non hai capito né la teoria né il problema che si intende risolvere”, così Karl Popper sintetizzava, con una esortazione divenuta quasi proverbiale, la constatazione della difformità tra la teoria e i fatti. [+]

Juristische Rückendeckung (Junge Welt)

Friday, 29 august 2014 | Junge Welt
Katalonien: Verfassungsrechtler billigen Referendum über Unabhängigkeit Von Mela Theurer, Barcelona Junge Welt 28.08.2014 / Ausland / Seite 7 Mehrere hundert Katalanen haben am Sonntag am Brandenburger Tor in Berlin für die Durchführung einer Volksabstimmung in ihrer Heimat demonstriert. Für den 9. November ist in der bislang zu Spanien gehörenden autonomen Region ein Referendum vorgesehen, in dem die Menschen über die Bildung eines unabhängigen Staates entscheiden sollen. [+]

Recommended: Catalan leader warns Madrid on economy (FT)

Friday, 29 august 2014 | Financial Times
We recommend the following article by Tobias Buck, published in the Financial Times on August 28th, 2014. To read the full article, please click here. Excerpts: A senior leader of the Catalan independence movement has warned Spain that it faces a backlash from international investors – and renewed market pressure over its debt load – if it refuses to allow an independence referendum in the northern region. “If I was an investor I would be more calm knowing that there is an independent Catalonia that is ready to comply with its obligations than having a kingdom of Spain that is in confrontation with its own citizens. [+]

Recommended: UN Tells Spanish Government it Must Atone for Franco's Crimes (Newsweek)

Friday, 22 august 2014 | Newsweek
We recommend the following article by James Badcock, "UN Tells Spanish Government it Must Atone for Franco's Crimes," which was published in Newsweek on August 21st, 2014. “I want to take at least one of my father’s bones with me to my own grave,” says 88-year-old Ascensión Mendieta. Mendieta’s fight to disinter the remains of her father, which lie in a mass grave on the edge of a cemetery in Guadalajara, has taken her as far as Argentina, where her plea convinced a judge to request that the patch of ground, containing the bodies of Timoteo Mendieta and 21 other men executed in 1939, be excavated. [+]

Going Forwards or Going Backwards: Paris, Madrid and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (Ferran Armengol)

Wednesday, 20 august 2014 | Col·lectiu Praga, Ferran Armengol
We would like to bring to your attention the following article by Ferran Armengol, Professor of International Public Law at the University of Barcelona and a member of “Col·lectiu Praga.” This article was originally written in Catalan and translated into English by the author. On January 28th, and via a fast-track reform of the Constitution, the French National Assembly opened the door to the ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. [+]

Scottish independence: Why are many Catalans desperately hoping that Scotland will vote 'yes'? (The Independent)

Monday, 18 august 2014 | The Independent
Although we disagree with the emphasis that has been placed on the economic argument, we would like to draw your attention to the following article, published in The Independent on Saturday August 16th, which offers a number of interesting points. Alistair Dawber talks to people in two very different places who are facing strangely similar dilemmas ALISTAIR DAWBER Saturday 16 August 2014 The Independent In just over a month's time, a country that probably doesn't want independence from another will get a vote on whether to separate, and a fiercely autonomous region elsewhere that almost certainly does want to secede from a larger nation won't be allowed to. [+]

Espagne: la Catalogne rêve d'indépendance (RTS Info)

Monday, 18 august 2014 | RTS Info
Espagne: la Catalogne rêve d'indépendance Les habitants de cette région souhaitent voter via un référendum pour pouvoir devenir autonome. 08 août 2014 [+]

Recommended: "The Success of Small Countries" (Credit Suisse report)

Wednesday, 6 august 2014 | Credit Suisse
We recommend the following report by Credit Suisse "The Success of Small Countries (pdf)." More information from Credit Suisse on the study can be found here. Excerpts: ... in a world of free trade, political borders are economically irrelevant and small countries can be as successful as some of the larger ones, that can benefit from a large domestic market. Small countries are more homogeneous and homogeneity plays an important role in determining the success of a country. [+]

Spagna: Mas deciso, referendum Catalogna 9/11 (ANSA)

Sunday, 3 august 2014 | ANSA
Niente accordo in incontro con Rajoy. Premier, è illegale Redazione ANSA 31 luglio 2014 Il presidente della Catalogna, Artur Mas, ha deciso di andare diritto per la sua strada, confermando il referendum per l'indipendenza da tenersi il 9 novembre. Il premier spagnolo Mariano Rajoy ha ribadito, al termine dell'incontro che i due hanno avuto mercoledì a Madrid, che si tratta di una consultazione "illegale". "Vogliamo farlo nella legalità e, per quanto possibile, in accordo con lo Stato, alla britannica", ha aggiunto Mas, alludendo all'accordo dato dal governo britannico al referendum previsto in Scozia il 18 settembre. [+]

Catalogna, scontro Rajoy-Mas sul referendum ma la trattativa continua (Il Sole 24 Ore)

Sunday, 3 august 2014 | Il Sole 24 Ore
Il Sole 24 Ore di Luca Veronese Nessun progresso nel dialogo tra Madrid e Barcellona. Mariano Rajoy e Artur Mas si sono incontrati alla Moncloa senza spostarsi dalle loro convinzioni. Resta totale (e forse insanabile) la rottura sul referendum voluto dalla Catalogna per decidere sulla propria indipendenza. «Il referendum è illegale, non si può celebrare e non sarà celebrato», ha ribadito il premier spagnolo. «Il referendum si terrà il 9 novembre. [+]

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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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