Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Highly recommended: Toil and Trouble in the United Kingdom: Why Scotland Won’t Be Europe’s Last Region to Seek Independence (The Brookings Institution)

Thursday, 18 september 2014 | Foreign Affairs, The Brookings Institution
We highly recommend the following article by Fiona Hill and Jeremy Shapiro, published on the website of The Brookings Institution on September 16th, 2014. and originally published in Foreign Affairs on September 15th, 2014. Excerpts: Whether or not the Scottish independence movement succeeds, Scotland will not be the last region in Europe to seek a similar deal. It has shown the way for every province that has a regional identity, ambitious politicians, and a loathing of its capital city to seek independence, or at least much greater autonomy, within the protective embrace of the EU. [+]

Wende nach 300 Jahren? (Junge Welt)

Thursday, 18 september 2014 | Junge Welt
Großdemonstration zum Nationalfeiertag: Katalanische Unabhängigkeitsbewegung sieht sich kurz vor dem Ziel Von Mela Theurer, Barcelona 11.09.2014 Junge Welt Alljährlich begeht Katalonien am 11. September seine »Diada«, den Nationalfeiertag, an dem der Kapitulation Barcelonas nach einer 14 Monate dauernden Belagerung durch spanische und französische Truppen im Jahre 1714 gedacht wird. Während des Spanischen Erbfolgekrieges (1701–1714) hatten sich die Stadt und das weitgehend selbstverwaltete Katalonien gegen die Bourbonen gestellt, waren letztlich jedoch unterlegen. [+]

VU D'ESPAGNE Le référendum écossais, une leçon de démocratie (Marçal Sintes, Courrier International)

Wednesday, 17 september 2014 | El Periódico de Catalunya, Le Courrier International
Courrier International Les Catalans suivent de près le référendum écossais prévu le 18 septembre. Cette vraie leçon de démocratie et ce débat de haut niveau font rougir Madrid, estime l'éditorialiste. Et si le oui l'emportait, la pression monterait d'un cran dans la Generalitat de Catalogne.  EL PERIÓDICO DE CATALUNYA | MARÇAL SINTES 15 SEPTEMBRE 2014 Il reste très peu de temps avant que les Ecossais ne décident de leur avenir. [+]

The Catalan Vote: Why It’s Time To Start Getting Worried About Complacency In Madrid (Edward Hugh)

Wednesday, 17 september 2014 | A Fistful of Euros, Edward Hugh
By Edward Hugh September 11, 2014 A Fistful of Euros  When Barack Obama told a CNBC interviewer last autumn that Wall Street ought to be “genuinely worried about what is going on in Washington” in reference to the US government shutdown he raised more than a few eyebrows. Normally political leaders try to calm and reassure markets, so this attempt to stir them up on the part of the US President was, in its way, something of a first. Last May the Financial Times issued a similar warning in an editorial with a clear message: right now you should be more worried than you are about what is happening in Madrid. [+]

Référendum écossais : vers une révolte des petites nations ? (Le Figaro)

Tuesday, 16 september 2014 | Le Figaro
Par Mathieu Bock-Côté Publié le 15/09/2014 Le Figaro FIGAROVOX/CHRONIQUE - Chaque semaine, Mathieu Bock-Côté analyse, pour FigaroVox, l'actualité vue du Québec. Il revient cette semaine sur le référendum écossais, qui pose la question de l'indépendance des petites nations, essentielle au Canada. Mathieu Bock-Côté est sociologue (Ph.D). Il est chargé de cours à HEC Montréal et chroniqueur au Journal de Montréal ainsi qu'à la radio de Radio-Canada. [+]

Remarks by President Obama to the People of Estonia

Wednesday, 10 september 2014 | The White House
Tallinn, Estonia September 3rd, 2014 Excerpt: "[PRESIDENT OBAMA: ]... exactly 25 years ago, people across the Baltics came together in one of the greatest displays of freedom and non-violent resistance that the world has ever seen. On that August evening, perhaps two million people stepped out of their homes and joined hands -- a human chain of freedom, the Baltic Way. And they stretched down highways and across farmlands, from Tallinn to Riga to Vilnius. They lit candles and they sang anthems. [+]

Écosse, Catalogne, Québec : les argumentaires indépendantistes (Radio Canada)

Wednesday, 10 september 2014 | Radio Canada
Le dimanche 7 septembre 2014 Radio Canada Les Écossais décideront, le 18 septembre prochain, par voie de référendum, s'ils se séparent ou non du Royaume-Uni. Pour les Catalans, la formule est moins claire : les indépendantistes tiennent à tenir une consultation sur leur indépendance politique le 9 novembre, mais le gouvernement espagnol les a déjà avertis qu'il n'en reconnaîtrait pas le résultat. Pendant ce temps au Québec, l'option souverainiste s'interroge : sur quelles bases renouveler le discours et comment faire exister le mouvement en dehors des partis politiques, qui traversent des moments troubles? Michel Désautels vous propose une discussion sur les raisons qui poussent les peuples à vouloir un pays en 2014. [+]

Mobilmachung für Unabhängigkeit (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Tuesday, 9 september 2014 | Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Cornelia Derichsweiler, Barcelona 9.9.2014 Neue Zürcher Zeitung 200 katalonische Gemeinden haben bereits die Unabhängigkeit von Spanien ausgerufen. Am 11. September werden in Barcelona Hunderttausende für die Abspaltung demonstrieren. Warum sich viele Katalanen von Spanien lossagen wollen. In Sant Pere de Torelló ist der Traum von der Unabhängigkeit schon Wirklichkeit geworden, wenn auch bis jetzt weitgehend symbolisch: als erste Gemeinde erklärte sich das 2500-Seelen-Dorf, etwa 90 Kilometer nördlich von Barcelona, vor zwei Jahren zum «Freien Katalanischen Territorium». [+]

Scotland vs. Catalonia: Two independence quests, different paths (EUobserver)

Tuesday, 9 september 2014 | EUobserver
08.09.14 EUobserver BY VALENTINA POP BRUSSELS - Scotland and Catalonia both have strong independence movements, but their paths to this goal are very different. At an event hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies, a Brussels think-tank, politicians and academics from Scotland and Catalonia on Monday (8 September) spoke of why the two nations want to secede from the UK and Spain, respectively, and how they see the new countries joining the EU. First the similarities: the independence camps of both countries are polling at around 50 percent, with Scotland’s Yes-to-secession for the first time ahead of the "Better together" camp (51%-49%). [+]

Recommended: Ara és l"hora de un cop de rauxa (Jornal de Notícias)

Monday, 8 september 2014 | Jornal de Notícias
We recommend the following article, "Ara és l"hora de un cop de rauxa", published in Jornal de Notícias and written by Jorge Fiel. Excerpts: A acontecer, a independência da Catalunha será o início do fim do Império espanhol (que Madrid e o rei tiveram artes de fazer sobreviver à morte de Franco) e da vitória final da República esmagada na guerra civil de 36-39 pelos nacionalistas apoiados por Hitler, e que contaram com a cumplicidade criminosa de Stalin e a complacência cobarde das democracias ocidentais. [+]

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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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