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Complaint to Europe for rejection of self-determination

Tuesday, 3 march 2015 | ARA
ARA   01-03-2015   ORIOL MARCH   Just after finding out about the Constitutional Court (TC in Catalan) slamming the door on self-determination, Artur Mas took advantage of a colloquium at Barcelona’s Cercle d’Economia to say that the international community "should listen" to the result of the September 27th elections in the case of a victory by pro-independence forces. The Govern is working quietly on the foreign flank of the sovereignty process, and will take advantage of the latest rejection by Spain of the agreed-upon consultation to send a report to European institutions --no recipients were named-- that will review how the Spanish administration has barred the way to the right to self-determination. [+]

Spain cannot continue to ignore Catalan independence

Sunday, 1 march 2015 | THE PARLIAMENT MAGAZINE
THE PARLIAMENT MAGAZINE   24-02-2015   By JON BENTON   Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, from Barcelona, identifies himself as a Catalan MEP in the European parliament. A graduate and former lecturer in economics at the University of Barcelona, he joined parliament in 2009 as a member of the ALDE group and has focused his energies in the economic and monetary affairs committee. Tremosa has been a leading voice for Catalan issues in parliament, repeatedly calling for greater recognition of its language and culture at the EU level. [+]

Catalan Tax Rebels Dig In for Battle to Escape From Spain

Saturday, 28 february 2015 | BLOOMBERG
BLOOMBERG   27-02-2015   By ESTEBAN DUARTE     A doctor, a graphic designer and a lawyer from Catalonia are road-testing a mechanism for paying taxes that could give the regional president, Artur Mas, a decisive weapon in his campaign to force independence from Spain. As pressure for a breakaway builds ahead of a regional election in September, the group is encouraging Catalans to use an arcane legal formula to pay their taxes to an escrow account controlled by the regional government. [+]

Spanish justice suspends for three years Judge Vidal for an offence of opinion

Saturday, 28 february 2015 | VILAWEB
VILAWEB The Spanish General Council of Judicial Power (CGPJ) has suspended for three years judge Santiago Vidal from the Barcelona Audience for having promoted and presented a proposal for a Catalan constitution.  The maximum body of judicial power considers that Vidal’s attitude has caused ‘a clear and inexcusable repeated inobservance of such important duties as his juridical status and those of loyalty to the Spanish constitution and of juridical order’.  Judge Vidal may appeal to the Supreme Court and afterwards to the European Court of Justice, but the sanction will be applied immediately and he will remain out of judicial service for the offence of expressing his opinion. [+]

Breve Storia della Catalogna

Thursday, 26 february 2015
Segnaliamo questo testo che riesce a sintetizzare la lunga storia del popolo catalano in poche pagine. Il suo contenuto, preciso e circostanziato, può rivelarsi utile in situazioni diverse, considerata suprattutto l’estrema scarsità di titoli in italiano sull’argomento.

Spain's Top Court: Catalan Secession Vote Unconstitutional

Thursday, 26 february 2015 | New York Times
NYT   25-02-2015   Spain's Constitutional Court has unanimously declared a vote on secession by the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia last November as unconstitutional. The court ruled Tuesday that a law passed by the Catalan regional government allowing it to call such votes is also unconstitutional. The court had ordered the suspension of the Nov. 9 vote while it studied a complaint from the central government. But Catalonia pressed ahead, labeling the referendum an informal process so as to try to skirt the suspension order. [+]

Justiça confirma inconstitucionalidade do referendo catalão

Thursday, 26 february 2015 | PUBLICO
PUBLICO   25-02-2015   SOFIA LORENA   O Tribunal Constitucional espanhol declarou nesta quarta-feira que os referendos de autodeterminação não podem ser organizados por uma comunidade regional, confirmando assim uma decisão anterior, tomada em Setembro do ano passado, que suspendia a consulta sobre a independência marcada para 9 de Novembro na Catalunha. Depois da suspensão da lei das consultas, a região avançou com um processo de participação sem valor legal que levou 2,3 milhões de catalães a votar numa consulta organizada por associações cívicas e não pelo governo regional. [+]

Àlex Susanna: ‘As a language and as a culture we have long been independent’

Monday, 23 february 2015 | VILAWEB
The Institut Ramon Llull is the body responsible for projecting the Catalan culture abroad.  According to its director, Àlex Susanna, the work the Institute can do goes further. ‘The Catalan culture is a very effective calling card of Catalonia, of the country’. In 2014, important steps were taken, he explains, above all in the field of translation of Catalan literature, which has been very well received in the Anglo-Saxon market with translations of Catalan works such as ‘Incerta glòria’ and ‘El quadern gris’. But not everything is positive.  In this interview Susanna reports the control that Spanish embassies have long exerted over Catalan activity abroad. ‘There is a control which is belligerent in some cases’, he affirms. [+]

Process to return bullfighting to Catalonia in "advanced stages", according to Spanish government

Saturday, 21 february 2015 | ARA
  Ministry of José Ignacio Wert says that they are working on it, although no date has been set for this hypothetical return


We could secede from Spain, warns Catalan minister

Friday, 20 february 2015 | THE SCOTSMAN
CATALONIA could unilaterally declare independence if the Spanish government refuses to treat the region in the same way as Scotland was treated by the UK, a senior Catalan minister has warned.

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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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