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Will Catalonia try to secede from Spain this year?

Sunday, 15 january 2017 | BBC News
If the stand-off between the Spanish state and the north-eastern region of Catalonia has been intense for the past five years, 2017 looks set to be explosive



Spanish Prosecutor demands 9-year ban from public office for Homs for allowing 9-N symbolic vote

Thursday, 12 january 2017 | CNA
The former Catalan Minister and Catalan European Democratic Party (PDCeCAT) spokesperson in the Spanish Parliament, Francesc Homs, may be banned from public office for 9 years; at least, this is what the Prosecutor of the Spanish Supreme Court has requested after summonsing Homs for disobedience and perversion of justice when co-organising the 9-N symbolic vote on independence in 2014. The Prosecutor’s temporary conclusions, which were published this Wednesday, stated that Homs “didn’t suspend any of the articles which allowed the consultation to take place and which were accountable to the Department of the Presidency” which Homs led at that time. The document emphasises that former Catalan President, Artur Mas’ right-hand man was “absolutely aware” that “by doing so he violated the mandatory compliance of the Spanish Constitutional Court’s decisions”.


Catalonia will make unilateral declaration of independence from Spain in the event of “50 per cent plus one more vote” referendum result

Tuesday, 3 january 2017 | THE NATIONAL
THE NATIONAL   30-12-2016.-   Greg Russell   CATALONIA’S president is preparing for the next round in its battle for secession from Spain with a warning that he will make a unilateral declaration of independence if “50 per cent plus one more” of the electorate votes yes in the referendum planned for next year. He also warned that “Europe has no future” if it does not recognise “a reality like Catalonia”. Speaking during an interview with a Spanish radio station, Carles Puigdemont said independence would be declared before new elections were held in Catalonia, which is responsible for around a fifth of Spain’s economic output. [+]

Councilman’s arrest shows Francoism is alive and well in Spanish institutions

Thursday, 29 december 2016 | VILAWEB
«Call it what you may, but you would never witness this sequence of events in any other democracy in the world»

Editorial by Vicent Partal


Catalan leader mulls early vote on break with Spain

Wednesday, 21 december 2016 | AP News
Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's pro-independence leader, told The Associated Press in an interview that he may seek to push forward his original plan to hold a binding vote in September 2017.

'A Parliament with all its voices' (by Carme Forcadell)

Wednesday, 21 december 2016 | ARA
We are aware that there are people who are irritated when certain issues are spoken about, debated and voted on. They are the same people who are irritated by speaking, debating and voting.

Antoni Bassas’ analysis: Spain is putting democracy on trial

Wednesday, 21 december 2016 | ARA
ARA 16-12-2016.-   Antoni Bassas   The Speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, appeared today (16-12-2016) before a judge as a result of the complaint brought by the public prosecutor for the alleged crime of disobedience and willful neglect of duty for allowing the Parliament’s plenary assembly to vote on the conclusions of the constituent process study commission. Forcadell could be facing a possible ban from holding public office if the court does bring full proceedings against her, as it has already decided to do with three people, including ex-Catalan president Artur Mas, following the unofficial 2014 independence referendum. [+]

Spain politicising courts to block referendum, says Catalan minister

Saturday, 17 december 2016 | THE GUARDIAN
Raul Romeva, left, with Catalonia’s then president Artur Mas in 2015. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images


George Kerevan: "El cas Forcadell amenaça la democràcia europea"

Saturday, 17 december 2016 | EL NACIONAL
George Kerevan (Glasgow, 1949) és diputat pel Partit Nacional Escocès (SNP) al Parlament britànic. Independentista convençut, es declara sobretot demòcrata. Ha presentat una early day motion a Westminster a favor de la presidenta del Parlament, Carme Forcadell. Espera poder visitar aviat Catalunya com a nou Estat independent.

Marc Bleda, “EL NACIONAL”, 15-12-2016.-
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