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Agreement to declare independence 18 months after 27-S election

Tuesday, 31 march 2015 | CATALAN NEWS AGENCY
Barcelona (ACN).- Catalonia will be independent no later than 2017 if citizens back ‘Yes’ parties in the next election and then vote in favour of a Catalan Constitution in a binding referendum. This is according to the agreement reached on Wednesday between the two main pro-independence parties in Catalonia and the three civil society organisations that have been organising the large demonstrations of the last few years. Catalan President Artur Mas, leader of the party CDC, which is the Liberal and largest force within the two-party centre-right pro-Catalan State coalition CiU, and left-wing Catalan independence party ERC, led by Oriol Junqueras, have signed the agreement, together with the Association of pro-Independence Municipalities (AMI), the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural.

The police identify seventeen Twitter profiles making anti-Catalan tweets against the victims of the air crash

Thursday, 26 march 2015 | VILAWEB
VILAWEB  25-03-2015     After seeing the news of the Germanwings plane crash and knowing that a large number of the passengers were Catalan, some anti-Catalan messages appeared on Twitter. The Catalan government has contacted the Drets association of jurists to work together to defend the honour of the victims of the accident following these Tweets which incite hatred and attempt against the honour of the Catalans who were travelling in it. The police unit against computer crimes, along with the government web services, has gathered all of the tweets considered offensive and has already sent this information to the state prosecution. [+]

Who told you a calf to be?

Friday, 20 march 2015 | ARA
ARA 20-03-2015   LIZ CASTRO   I went to see Joan Baez at Barcelona's incredible Palau de la Música last night. She and her music were a fundamental part of my growing up. I learned French partly to understand the words on Wildflower, I learned some piano to play the lovely intro to Both Sides Now. But mostly I remember my mom, an outspoken feminist in the 1970's, who worked long hours and then seemed always at a meeting to fix one thing or another, once in a while, to my delight, picking up a guitar and singing. [+]

Albert Royo: ‘Often we are not told about pressures from Spain for the sake of discretion’

Wednesday, 18 march 2015 | VILAWEB
VILAWEB  17-03-2015
‘The key to the success of the [secessionist] process is winning the battle for international public opinion’, says Albert Royo. ‘And I think we are on track’. In this interview with Vilaweb, the Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) talks about the task of explaining the Catalan independence process to the world. ‘Europe was amazed by the 9-N vote’, he says. And the work continues, ahead of the Catalan parliamentary election scheduled for 27 September. In recent days, for example, Diplocat has organized two days of debate in the United States, one at George Washington University, the other at Princeton University.

Amadeu Altafaj: ‘I have witnessed bewilderment at Spain’s reaction to the Catalan issue’

Friday, 13 march 2015 | VILAWEB

VILAWEB   12-03-2015


A resident of Sabadell reported that they threw him out of the Spanish consulate in Brussels. He asked to process a document and they refused because it was in Catalan and not in Spanish.  The permanent representative of the Catalan government in the EU, Amadeu Altafaj, talked to the man following the publication of the case in VilaWeb. Now it will be reviewed by the government’s legal services.  In this interview, Altafaj supports the role of the delegation of the Government of Catalonia also in cases such as this.
‘I am almost convinced there has been abuse.  The consulate is a processing entity and they had not even read the declaration.  The only job they have to do is to check the identity of the sender and to receive, record and send the document,’ says Altafaj about the case. ‘I have informed the government secretary for foreign affairs, and the government will now consider the action to be taken.’
Altafaj defends the function of the Catalan Government delegation in its daily work, beyond its role in disseminating and explaining the Catalan political case to the community authorities and European states.  In this interview, we start by talking about the international impact of Catalan independentism.

Carles Viver Pi-Sunyer: ‘There will be no legal vacuum when we disconnect from Spain’

Tuesday, 10 march 2015 | VILAWEB
VILAWEB  09-03-2015

Carles Viver Pi-Sunyer, former chairman of President Artur Mas’s Advisory Council, was named Commissioner for National Transition a few weeks ago. In this interview with Vilaweb, Viver explains how the process of disconnecting from Spain should be carried out if a majority of the citizens of Catalonia vote pro-independence in the 27 September elections. President Mas’s most trusted legal advisor maintains that there will be no legal vacuum at the time independence is proclaimed because all of the necessary legislation is now being prepared. Viver is also in charge of readying the state structures that will make the Catalan state a viable and efficient project from the start. [+]

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. [+]

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