Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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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


CNBC Transcript: Interview with Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalonia

Friday, 13 may 2016 | CNBC
Following are excerpts from a CNBC interview with Julia Chatterley and Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalonia

Catalan president: We're watching UK referendum closely

Friday, 13 may 2016 | CNBC
CNBC   13-05-2016.-   Holly Ellyatt – Julia Chatterley   The upcoming EU referendum in the U.K. will be carefully monitored within the Spanish region of Catalonia, according to its president, who told CNBC that it will monitor any reaction and digest what that could mean for Catalonia's own separatist ambitions. "The British people have the right to decide have the right to decide whether or not they want to be part of the EU," Carles Puigdemont told CNBC on Thursday. [+]


Wednesday, 11 may 2016 | POLITICO
In the mind of Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia is already floating free from the rest of Spain.

Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images 

Language and culture

Thursday, 5 may 2016 | ARA
ARA   01-05-2016.-   Joan M. Tresserras    In historical expressions of what it is to be Catalan, aside from political and economic motivations, the cultural factor has always stood out. The many traditions of Catalanism, since the Renaixença, have always incorporated in their ideology a defense of the Catalan language and a set of cultural expressions as foundations of the nation. And during the ethnocide of the Franco era, with institutions abolished and production systems destroyed, when the survival of the nation seemed lost, language and culture became the material shelter for the conscience of this defeated subject group. [+]

“What’s going on in Catalonia?”

Saturday, 30 april 2016 | Sobirania i Justícia

(London, Tuesday 3 May, from 5pm to 7pm, INTO London Middlesex Street)

These are some of the key dimensions that may help understand what’s going on in Catalonia, and which the promoters of the event want to put forward for discussion. The Catalan civic body Sobirania i Justíca (Sovereignty and Justice), the University of Cambridge Forum on Geopolitics and the think-­tank Project for Democratic Union, are the event organizers. It is also possible thanks to the collaboration of the Delegation of the Catalan Government to the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the London Academy of Diplomacy.

The roundtable has three distinguished speakers:

Montserrat Guibernau, doctor in Philosophy, M. Phil in Social and Political Theory, University of Cambridge, and visiting scholar at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS).
Antoni Castells, professor of Public Finance at the University of Barcelona; Minister of Economy and Finance of the Government of Catalonia (2003-­2010).
Miquel Puig, economist and author; CEO of the Catalan Universities Shared Services Consortium.

The event will be held from 17.00h to 19.00h in the lecture theatre of INTO London Middlesex Street with the following programme:

17.00h – Opening remarks – Isabel Helena Martí
17.05h ­- Introduction ­- Brendan Simms
17.10h -­ Montserrat Guibernau
17.30h -­ Antoni Castells
17.50h ­- Miquel Puig
18.10h -­ Break
18.15h -­ Discussion
18.55h -­ Closing remarks­ – Brendan Simms and Isabel-­Helena Martí

Isabel-­Helena Martí is president of Sobirania i Justícia and Brendan Simms is director of the Forum on Geopolitics at Cambridge University and president of the Project for Democratic Union.

A fruit, cheese and Catalan wine tasting, open to all attendees, will follow the event.

Please, note that registration is free but required.


Catalonia to stick to independence road map despite Spanish stalemate

Thursday, 28 april 2016
REUTERS (London)   27-04-2016   Angus MacSwan   Catalonia will stick to its timetable for independence from Spain despite the national political stalemate and the Madrid government's refusal to negotiate, the region's foreign policy chief said on Wednesday. Raul Romeva said that independence for Catalonia was now inevitable, with or without Madrid's blessing. "The turning point has already been crossed, it is going to happen. When is the question," he said in an interview at the Catalan delegation in London. [+]

The Catalan cauldron

Wednesday, 27 april 2016 | NEW STATESMAN
The prospect of the break-up of Spain poses yet another challenge to Europe.



Boys, girls, books and roses: a literary love affair in Catalonia

Saturday, 23 april 2016 | THE GUARDIAN
St George’s Day in Catalonia coincides with World Book Day and is an opportunity for Catalans to honour their patron saint and show their love of culture

Foto: Alamy


Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Col·lectiu Emma is a network of Catalans and non-Catalans living in different countries who have made it their job to track and review news reports about Catalonia in the international media. Our goal is to ensure that the world's public opinion gets a fair picture of the country's reality today and in history.

We aim to be recognized as a trustworthy source of information and ideas about Catalonia from a Catalan point of view.
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