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Catalonia government head says Brexit shows split from Spain possible

Sunday, 26 june 2016 | Reuters
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalan President Carles Puigdemont  in Madrid, Spain, April 20, 2016
Britain's decision to leave the European Union strengthens the case for Catalonia to be allowed to seek independence from Spain, the head of the region's government said on Friday.
Joining other leaders of nationalist movements in Europe in welcoming the result of Thursday's Brexit referendum, Carles Puigdemont said Britain's ability to leave the EU without the approval of its member states suggested Catalonia could claim independence without Madrid's consent [+]

Spanish “Witch Hunt” Against Catalans Revealed

Thursday, 23 june 2016 | COMMON SENSE
COMMON SENSE 22-06-2016.-   F. de BETANCOR   Spanish online periodical Pú revealed yesterday that it had access to recorded conversations between the Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz and the Head of the Anti-Fraud Office in Catalonia, Daniel de Alfonso, in which the former requires Mr. de Alfonso to investigate the officials and families of the pro-independence Catalan parties Esquerra Republicana and Convergéncia Democrática even to the extent of manipulating evidence. [+]

Spanish minister accused of conspiring against political rivals

Thursday, 23 june 2016 | THE GUARDIAN
Four days before election, Jorge Fernández Diaz faces calls to resign over leaked conversation with anti-fraud official

Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters


Dirty War? Spain's Home Secretary accused of trying to smear Catalan politicians

Thursday, 23 june 2016 | HERALD SCOTLAND
HERALD SCOTLAND   22-06-2016.- DAVID LEASK   One of Spain's most prominent conservative unionists is facing resignation calls after being accused of trying to smear Catalan independence supporters. Spanish Interior Jorge Fernández Díaz allegedly conspired with his country's anti-fraud office to seek dirt on senior members of the two main pro-independence parties in Catalonia. Mr Fernández has been under growing pressure to step down ever since the claims were first revealed by a Madrid online newspaper on Tuesday - just days before he tries to defend his seat, in the Catalan capital Barcelona, in Spain's general election. [+]

Spanish Minister Under Pressure as Leak Suggests Smear Campaign

Wednesday, 22 june 2016 | BLOOMBERG
  • Interior minister recorded asking for evidence against rivals
  • Country holds general election on Sunday with voters divided

June 10: Why Catalan embassies are needed

Monday, 13 june 2016 | ARA in english
Vicenç Villatoro  11-06-2016 The announcement of new Catalan delegations abroad has provoked the classic wave of complaints: they are illegal, expensive, a mistaken priority.... But the one argument that would be irrefutable never crops up: claiming —and proving— that Catalan embassies are not necessary because Spanish embassies are already doing all the work that they ought to be doing.   If Spain’s embassies were effective centers for (also) promoting Catalan culture, and they enthusiastically supported Catalan companies, universities and institutions when they venture abroad, and if they explained the political opinions held by most Catalans (alongside the majority views of Spaniards), Catalan embassies would be redundant. [+]

Far-Left Fanatics Jeopardize Catalan Secession Plans

Saturday, 11 june 2016 | Atlantic Sentinel


Catalonia’s pro-secession parliament to face confidence vote

Friday, 10 june 2016 | The Whashington Post
In this Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, pro independent demonstrators wave “estelada” or pro independence flags during a rally organized by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), calling pro-independents parties to reach an agreement to form a Government and avoid a new regional elections, in Barcelona, Spain. The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, announced Wednesday, June 8, 2016 that his pro-independence government will face a confidence vote in September after a party backing his coalition decided not to support the regional spending plan. The leftist party known as CUP says the regional budget doesn’t do enough to support social and pro-secession programs. 


Photos of the Day: May 22 / WSJ

Tuesday, 24 may 2016 | THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Why Spain Banned This Flag From a Soccer Game

Friday, 20 may 2016 | THE ATLANTIC
FC Barcelona has raised the banner of Catalan pride for more than a century.

Foto: Albert Gea / Reuters


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