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A reply to Alex Salmond

Friday, 9 october 2015 | ARA
If we follow Salmond's advice and 'calm souch' until Spain gets around to behaving democratically and allowing a negotiated referendum, there won't be anything left of Catalonia to self-determin

The Catalan people have spoken. Will the Spanish government listen?

Wednesday, 7 october 2015 | THE GUARDIAN
THE GUARDIAN   05-10-2015.-    ARTUR MAS On 27 September Catalonia’s voters went to the polls and with a record 77.4% turnout gave a win in every single electoral district to the political forces whose campaign promise was, if elected, that they would follow a “roadmap” towards Catalan independence from Spain. Pro-independence lists obtained 48% of the votes and 72 seats out of 135, whereas unionist lists got 39% of the votes and 52 seats. These plebiscitary elections were the only way possible to give the Catalan people the vote on the political future they have long called for, after the Spanish government’s longstanding refusal to allow an independence referendum. [+]

Artur Mas before Spanish judicial leadership: "Politicized Justice diminishes the quality of democracy"

Tuesday, 6 october 2015 | ARA
During the opening session of the 58th annual meeting of the International Association of Judges (IAJ) the Catalan president warned that "any partisan use of Justice could diminish its democratic sustenance anywhere in the world".

MEPs ask for “dialogue” rather than “legal procedures” to deal with Catalonia’s push for independence

Tuesday, 6 october 2015 | ACN
   CNA (Catalan News Agency) .- 02-10-2015.- SARA PRIM Social Democrat, Conservative and Reformist, Liberal, Green and Eurosceptic Members of the European Parliament have lamented President Mas’ summons announced this week and urged “European solutions” to the situation. Conservative MEP Ian Duncan, who was invited as an international observer to the 9-N symbolic consultation, considered “illogical and irrational” the Spanish government’s attitude regarding Catalonia’s push for independence and defined the 9-N as “an attempt to be democratic”. [+]

Growing separatist challenge to Spain

Sunday, 4 october 2015 | POLITICO
Why holding a referendum on Catalonian independence would be the best way to solve the constitutional crisis.

Alex Salmond to Catalonians: Keep Calm and Carry On

Saturday, 3 october 2015 | BLOOMBERG
BLOOMBERG   29-09-2015.-   ALEX SALMOND   I do not know if Artur Mas, the President of Catalonia, deliberately chose the eclipse of the supermoon as the day on which to hold the most important election in Catalonia's democratic history. Traditionally a portent of historic things to come, the fact that the eclipsed moon bore a striking resemblance to the colours in the Catalan flag made it all the more powerfully symbolic. At any rate, Catalonia did not disappoint with its historic vote, delivering a clear majority for the independence coalition of Junts pel Sí ("Together for Yes") alliance and their allies in the radical left CUP. [+]

Catalonia, Scotland and the fluid concept of democracy

Saturday, 3 october 2015 | OPEN DEMOCRACY
Unlike Scotland, Catalonia has not been given the chance to have a definitive say on its independence. Does this further the cause for secessionists?

The Catalan Animal House

Thursday, 1 october 2015 | El País
"The most surprising thing about Sunday’s polls is that more Catalans didn’t vote in favor of independence", argues John Carlin.

Catalan president Artur Mas accused of holding illegal referendum

Tuesday, 29 september 2015 | THE TELEGRAPH
THE TELEGRAPH   29-09-2015.-   JAMES BADCOCK   Two days after controversial elections in which pro-independence forces won a majority in Catalonia’s parliament, regional leader Artur Mas has been summoned to appear in court to answer accusations of civil disobedience for holding a non-binding referendum on Catalan sovereignty last November. Mr Mas must appear before judges at Catalonia’s superior court of justice on October 15 to testify after the Spanish state prosecutor’s office accused the regional leader and two other members of his government at the time of the referendum of several crimes, including misuse of public funds in the organisation of the vote. [+]

7 takeaways from the Catalonia election

Monday, 28 september 2015 | POLITICO
POLITICO   28-09-2015.-   By JAN MAROT   BARCELONA — Only hours after the polls closed in Catalonia on September 27, it is clear that we are feeling the rumble of tectonic change. This promises to rock not just Spain, but to throw the European Union into a state of ferment at a time when Brussels has, to put it mildly, much too much on its plate already.   Here are seven takeaways from the vote in Catalonia.   1 This is a vote for secession from Spain Catalonians have made a clear choice in their regional elections. [+]

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