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Searching for a pact

Friday, 19 december 2014 | ARA
ARA 16-12-2014   CARLES BOIX     There are three key differences between the proposals put forward by president Mas and Oriol Junqueras: the date of the elections, the programme to be followed in the event of a Yes-Yes win, and the kind of list. Artur Mas is reluctant to set a date for the vote unless there is a unified candidacy and an action programme based on a declaration-negotiation-proclamation sequence. Unless these two conditions are met, CiU intends to finish the term up until 2016. [+]

Hold talks with whom?

Thursday, 18 december 2014 | ARA
ARA 14-12-2014   JOAN B. CULLA i CLARÀ   One of the most remarkable collateral effects of the political process that Catalonia has been living through during the past decade is the demonstration of up to what point the Spanish intellectual and university elite, with few exceptions, are identified with a base of intolerance and dogma. This intolerance and dogma characterizes the Castilian identity whenever it feels that its hegemonic, almost monopolistic position regarding the idea of Spain and all that comes with it, is threatened. [+]

It’s not about nationalism, it’s about local priorities and local control

Sunday, 14 december 2014 | ARA
ARA   LIZ CASTRO   09-12-2014   Critics accuse Catalan nationalists of wrapping themselves in the flag as they ignore all other problems except independence. Particularly on the left, critics question how everything is viewed through the prism of independence, when there are ostensibly much more pressing issues at hand, including social justice, women's rights, poverty, equal opportunities. I think 'nationalism' is the red herring here. Nationalism can be a downright nasty word, often associated with Nazis and fascism, purity of race and thought. [+]

Catalonia wants a definitive vote on its future in a referendum like Scotland’s

Thursday, 27 november 2014 | THE IRISH TIMES
THE IRISH TIMES By ARTUR MAS President of the government of Catalonia  26-11-2014   The right to vote is one of the most prized rights in any democracy. All the other rights are more or less a direct consequence of the opportunity that citizens are granted to express their opinion on important subjects through their votes. In Catalonia there is a broad majority of citizens who want to vote and decide the political future of this territory in terms of it remaining a part of Spain or becoming an independent state. [+]

Catalonia’s Mas urges single pro-secession list for election

Wednesday, 26 november 2014 | BLOOMBERG
BLOOMBERG By Esteban Duarte 26-11-2014   Catalan President Artur Mas said a possible regional election should serve as a de-facto referendum on independence and set out an 18-month timetable for splitting from Spain. Pro-secession parties should field a single list of candidates to increase the chance of winning an outright majority, Mas said in a speech in Barcelona last night. If there are multiple lists of candidates who favor breaking away from Spain, the result will only serve as an endorsement of independence if one list wins a majority on its own, Mas said. [+]

Mas prepares for early vote in Catalonia boosted by polls

Friday, 21 november 2014 | Bloomberg
By Esteban Duarte 21 November 2014     Catalan President Artur Mas is shaping up for an early regional election targeting independence from Spain within two years. Mas is setting up an ad-hoc platform to bring together pro-independence voters across the ideological spectrum, said Josep Rull, the secretary for Convergencia Democratica de Catalunya, one of the two parties that comprises Catalonia’s ruling CiU coalition. That broad support would allow him to call an early election regardless of whether he can persuade separatist rival Oriol Junqueras to sign up to a joint ticket. [+]

Prosecutors in Spain to charge Catalonian leader Mas

Wednesday, 19 november 2014 | BBC News
Spanish prosecutors are to file criminal charges against Catalan President Artur Mas in response to a 9 November unofficial independence vote. The non-binding vote went ahead despite fierce opposition by the Spanish government and a ruling by Spain's constitutional court. Catalan officials say more than 80% of those who voted backed independence. Charges will also be laid against Mr Mas's deputy, Joana Ortega, and Catalan Education Minister Irene Rigau. The three politicians face accusations ranging from disobedience and perverting the course of justice to misuse of public funds. [+]

Quebec and Scotland said no to secession, but Catalonia is still going to try

Monday, 17 november 2014 | Bloomberg
  Ben Sills, Esteban Duarte Novembre 13, 2014    "Like Quebec, like Scotland, Catalonia also wants to decide its political future,” the Spanish region’s secessionist president, Artur Mas, said after about 1.9 million of his compatriots turned out to vote yes to independence in a nonbinding ballot on Nov. 9. Never mind that both Quebec and Scotland decided to stay in their respective unions with Canada and Britain when they were given the chance to leave. [+]

Catalonia’s push for independence

Monday, 17 november 2014 | ABC Radio National (Australia)
Keri Phillips 12 November 2014   In Barcelona the government of Catalonia—one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities—planned an independence referendum for November 9. Although Spain’s Constitutional Court declared it illegal, the non-binding poll went ahead, with 80 per cent of voters reportedly backing independence. How did Catalonia become part of Spain in the first place? The full story dates back to 711, when Arabs and Berbers from North Africa invaded the Iberian Peninsula. [+]

The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course (Artur Mas)

Friday, 14 november 2014 | The Guardian
ARTUR MAS, Catalonia’s regional President 12 November 2014   On Sunday, 2,305,290 people voted at 1,317 polling stations across Catalonia, in addition to 13,573 Catalans who voted worldwide. This was a similar turnout to May’s European elections. A cross-party international delegation of observers, which included members of different European and national parliaments, stated that the vote was “conducted successfully in challenging circumstances” and they emphasised the calm that dominated every aspect of the vote. [+]


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