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21 September. The final score left no room for doubt: 106 - 28* (Vicenç Villatoro, Diari ARA)

Thursday, 25 september 2014 | Diari ARA
VICENÇ VILLATORO | Updated 20/09/2014 Diari ARA Perhaps that’s why hardly any Madrid newspapers carried the story. When a state ignores, fights and looks down on something that the institutions of a territory have approved by 106 yeas vs 28 nays, that state has a problem. When a Constitution is used to ensure that, in a given territory, the opinion of 28 individuals prevails over that of 106, when it is used to tell the legitimate representatives of that territory that their decision is worthless, then not only does that Constitution have a problem, but it is a problem in itself. [+]

The View from Catalonia. The Ins and Outs of the Independence Movement (By Carles Boix and J.C. Major, Foreign Affairs)

Friday, 19 september 2014 | Foreign Affairs
By Carles Boix and J.C. Major Published in September 11th, 2014 Over the past few years, the number of Catalans who wish for independence from Spain has skyrocketed. Until the early 2000s, a steady 10–15 percent supported independence; now, according to recent opinion polls, that percentage is closer to 50 (with 30 percent opposing and the rest either abstaining or offering no opinion). Support for independence does not wane even when those surveyed are told that it could result in exclusion from the European Union. [+]

Highly recommended: Toil and Trouble in the United Kingdom: Why Scotland Won’t Be Europe’s Last Region to Seek Independence (The Brookings Institution)

Thursday, 18 september 2014 | Foreign Affairs, The Brookings Institution
We highly recommend the following article by Fiona Hill and Jeremy Shapiro, published on the website of The Brookings Institution on September 16th, 2014. and originally published in Foreign Affairs on September 15th, 2014. Excerpts: Whether or not the Scottish independence movement succeeds, Scotland will not be the last region in Europe to seek a similar deal. It has shown the way for every province that has a regional identity, ambitious politicians, and a loathing of its capital city to seek independence, or at least much greater autonomy, within the protective embrace of the EU. [+]

The Catalan Vote: Why It’s Time To Start Getting Worried About Complacency In Madrid (Edward Hugh)

Wednesday, 17 september 2014 | A Fistful of Euros, Edward Hugh
By Edward Hugh September 11, 2014 A Fistful of Euros  When Barack Obama told a CNBC interviewer last autumn that Wall Street ought to be “genuinely worried about what is going on in Washington” in reference to the US government shutdown he raised more than a few eyebrows. Normally political leaders try to calm and reassure markets, so this attempt to stir them up on the part of the US President was, in its way, something of a first. Last May the Financial Times issued a similar warning in an editorial with a clear message: right now you should be more worried than you are about what is happening in Madrid. [+]

Remarks by President Obama to the People of Estonia

Wednesday, 10 september 2014 | The White House
Tallinn, Estonia September 3rd, 2014 Excerpt: "[PRESIDENT OBAMA: ]... exactly 25 years ago, people across the Baltics came together in one of the greatest displays of freedom and non-violent resistance that the world has ever seen. On that August evening, perhaps two million people stepped out of their homes and joined hands -- a human chain of freedom, the Baltic Way. And they stretched down highways and across farmlands, from Tallinn to Riga to Vilnius. They lit candles and they sang anthems. [+]

Scotland vs. Catalonia: Two independence quests, different paths (EUobserver)

Tuesday, 9 september 2014 | EUobserver
08.09.14 EUobserver BY VALENTINA POP BRUSSELS - Scotland and Catalonia both have strong independence movements, but their paths to this goal are very different. At an event hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies, a Brussels think-tank, politicians and academics from Scotland and Catalonia on Monday (8 September) spoke of why the two nations want to secede from the UK and Spain, respectively, and how they see the new countries joining the EU. First the similarities: the independence camps of both countries are polling at around 50 percent, with Scotland’s Yes-to-secession for the first time ahead of the "Better together" camp (51%-49%). [+]

Scotland’s Identity, Put to a Vote (The New York Times)

Friday, 5 september 2014 | The New York Times
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD of The New York Times SEPT. 3, 2014 In two weeks, Scottish voters will be asked to answer a simple question — “Should Scotland be an independent country?” — with a simple “yes” or “no.” The choice, of course, is far from simple. No profound religious, economic or geographic issues separate the Scots and the English; there has been no colonial rule, no war of independence. Scotland and England have lived together as Great Britain in peace since 1707, sharing a monarch, a Protestant faith and, for a time, an empire, and fighting side by side in global wars. [+]

Recommended: Catalan leader warns Madrid on economy (FT)

Friday, 29 august 2014 | Financial Times
We recommend the following article by Tobias Buck, published in the Financial Times on August 28th, 2014. To read the full article, please click here. Excerpts: A senior leader of the Catalan independence movement has warned Spain that it faces a backlash from international investors – and renewed market pressure over its debt load – if it refuses to allow an independence referendum in the northern region. “If I was an investor I would be more calm knowing that there is an independent Catalonia that is ready to comply with its obligations than having a kingdom of Spain that is in confrontation with its own citizens. [+]

Recommended: UN Tells Spanish Government it Must Atone for Franco's Crimes (Newsweek)

Friday, 22 august 2014 | Newsweek
We recommend the following article by James Badcock, "UN Tells Spanish Government it Must Atone for Franco's Crimes," which was published in Newsweek on August 21st, 2014. “I want to take at least one of my father’s bones with me to my own grave,” says 88-year-old Ascensión Mendieta. Mendieta’s fight to disinter the remains of her father, which lie in a mass grave on the edge of a cemetery in Guadalajara, has taken her as far as Argentina, where her plea convinced a judge to request that the patch of ground, containing the bodies of Timoteo Mendieta and 21 other men executed in 1939, be excavated. [+]

Going Forwards or Going Backwards: Paris, Madrid and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (Ferran Armengol)

Wednesday, 20 august 2014 | Col·lectiu Praga, Ferran Armengol
We would like to bring to your attention the following article by Ferran Armengol, Professor of International Public Law at the University of Barcelona and a member of “Col·lectiu Praga.” This article was originally written in Catalan and translated into English by the author. On January 28th, and via a fast-track reform of the Constitution, the French National Assembly opened the door to the ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. [+]

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