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Catalonia’s Challenge to Spain

Saturday, 24 june 2017 | NEW YORK TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES   By THE EDITORIAL BOARD   JUNE 23, 2017   Spain is determined to prevent a Catalonian referendum on independence, even though its tough attitude toward Catalan leaders has probably only increased enthusiasm for a measure with questionable support. A new round in a long game of chicken began earlier this month, after Catalonia’s president, Carles Puigdemont, announced an independence referendum on Oct. 1. Spain’s culture, sport and education minister, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, vowed: “What I can say is what will not happen on Oct. [+]

Midsummer's Eve in Catalonia: one of the most magical nights of the year

Friday, 23 june 2017
Firecrackers, bonfires, packed beaches, a torch relay from the mountains to the cities, and happy children. These are only some of the elements converging in one of the most magical and brightest nights of the year in Catalonia, Midsummer's Eve (also known as Saint John's Eve, June 23). Dating back some hundreds of years as part of the summer solstice celebration, tradition has it that fire purifies and dispels the imaginary beings that wander around the country during the night. And despite having entered into the 21st century and the information society, Catalonia still celebrates this ancient pagan belief. In style.

Referendum in Catalonia: sleepwalking into a crisis

Thursday, 22 june 2017 | THE IRISH TIMES
Image: Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaks about the recent unofficial Catalonian independence poll in Madrid yesterday. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Court admits case against Catalan minister for ballot box purchase

Thursday, 22 june 2017 | CNA
A Catalan government minister is to end up in court for buying ballot boxes. Catalonia’s Supreme Court (TSJC) notified the Catalan Minister for Public Administrations Meritxell Borràs that it has admitted the complaint filed against her for the purchase of ballot boxes for use in the October 1 referendum. This is the latest in a series of court cases against pro-independence officials, following the prosecution of the Catalan Parliament President Carme Forcadell and former Catalan President Artur Mas, who was banned from office for organizing a symbolic vote on independence in 2014. "We will keep going forward," said the spokeswoman of the executive, Neus Munté, after the legal challenge against the purchase of the ballot boxes was confirmed.

Catalans woo immigrants in quest to split from Spain

Tuesday, 20 june 2017 | REUTERS
Image: The Uruguayan Ana Surra, membrer of Spanish parliament for Catalan pro-independence party ERC [+]

The new catalans

Monday, 19 june 2017 | POLITICO
They came for a better life. Now they could be the swing vote that tears the region away from Spain.


Catalonia’s time has come — and Spain needs to get out of the way

Sunday, 18 june 2017 | THE WASHINGTON POST
Aleix Sarri Camargo is an adviser to a member of the European Parliament and author with Ramon Tremosa of “Why the Euro Is Failing.”

People hold giant handcuffs during a pro-independence rally in Barcelona on Sunday. (Albert Gea/Reuters)

Pep Guardiola calls on the international community to support the Catalan referendum

Monday, 12 june 2017 | CNA
Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola, read a manifesto in favor of a referendum on Catalan independence at a rally on Sunday [+]

Pep Guardiola joins call for referendum on Catalan

Sunday, 11 june 2017 | THE GUARDIAN
Manchester City manager tells crowd of 40,000 at rally in Barcelona ‘we have no other option but to vote’

Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Catalonia to Vote on Leaving Spain in October, Region’s Leader Vows

Saturday, 10 june 2017 | NEW YORK TIMES
 Catalonia will hold a referendum on independence on Oct. 1, the president of the region said on Friday, defying the Spanish courts and the conservative government in Madrid.

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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