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Mas prepares for early vote in Catalonia boosted by polls

Friday, 21 november 2014 | Bloomberg
By Esteban Duarte 21 November 2014     Catalan President Artur Mas is shaping up for an early regional election targeting independence from Spain within two years. Mas is setting up an ad-hoc platform to bring together pro-independence voters across the ideological spectrum, said Josep Rull, the secretary for Convergencia Democratica de Catalunya, one of the two parties that comprises Catalonia’s ruling CiU coalition. That broad support would allow him to call an early election regardless of whether he can persuade separatist rival Oriol Junqueras to sign up to a joint ticket. [+]

Prosecutors in Spain to charge Catalonian leader Mas

Wednesday, 19 november 2014 | BBC News
Spanish prosecutors are to file criminal charges against Catalan President Artur Mas in response to a 9 November unofficial independence vote. The non-binding vote went ahead despite fierce opposition by the Spanish government and a ruling by Spain's constitutional court. Catalan officials say more than 80% of those who voted backed independence. Charges will also be laid against Mr Mas's deputy, Joana Ortega, and Catalan Education Minister Irene Rigau. The three politicians face accusations ranging from disobedience and perverting the course of justice to misuse of public funds. [+]

Quebec and Scotland said no to secession, but Catalonia is still going to try

Monday, 17 november 2014 | Bloomberg
  Ben Sills, Esteban Duarte Novembre 13, 2014    "Like Quebec, like Scotland, Catalonia also wants to decide its political future,” the Spanish region’s secessionist president, Artur Mas, said after about 1.9 million of his compatriots turned out to vote yes to independence in a nonbinding ballot on Nov. 9. Never mind that both Quebec and Scotland decided to stay in their respective unions with Canada and Britain when they were given the chance to leave. [+]

Catalonia’s push for independence

Monday, 17 november 2014 | ABC Radio National (Australia)
Keri Phillips 12 November 2014   In Barcelona the government of Catalonia—one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities—planned an independence referendum for November 9. Although Spain’s Constitutional Court declared it illegal, the non-binding poll went ahead, with 80 per cent of voters reportedly backing independence. How did Catalonia become part of Spain in the first place? The full story dates back to 711, when Arabs and Berbers from North Africa invaded the Iberian Peninsula. [+]

The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course (Artur Mas)

Friday, 14 november 2014 | The Guardian
ARTUR MAS, Catalonia’s regional President 12 November 2014   On Sunday, 2,305,290 people voted at 1,317 polling stations across Catalonia, in addition to 13,573 Catalans who voted worldwide. This was a similar turnout to May’s European elections. A cross-party international delegation of observers, which included members of different European and national parliaments, stated that the vote was “conducted successfully in challenging circumstances” and they emphasised the calm that dominated every aspect of the vote. [+]

Mario Vargas Llosa, a Threat to Liberalism

Thursday, 13 november 2014 | Joan Ramon Resina
Joan Ramon Resina   -   Stanford University   On November 7, two days before the unofficial referendum on Catalonia’s future was scheduled to take place, the New York Times published an op-ed article titled “A Threat to Spanish Democracy” signed by Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, Núria Amat, and Mario Vargas Llosa. The timing was chosen to counter the impression on U.S. opinion of a people going to the polls despite its government’s interdiction. [+]

Is Spain inflating the Catalonia souffle?

Friday, 7 november 2014 |
By Nick Rider Barcelona   Catalonia and Spain are moving apart at a fast pace, and very little is being done to bring them back together. Until a few years ago, support for Catalan independence from Spain - independentisme - had its own steady niche of around 15% in polls and elections. Since 2010 it has mushroomed to 45%, 50% - or, in a few polls, nearly 60%. The Catalan independence movement has also broken its own records for the largest entirely peaceful demonstrations in Europe. About 1. [+]

Spain's Corruption May Set Catalonia Free

Thursday, 6 november 2014 |
By Leonid Bershidsky Catalonia's determination to go ahead with a symbolic vote on independence from Spain on Sunday -- despite being banned by the nation's constitutional court -- now has an additional layer of legitimacy. Spain's ruling People's Party, which scuppered the Catalan version of "devo-max" four years ago, has turned out to be so sickeningly corrupt that it has no right to tell anyone what to do. The legal arguments for and against Catalan independence can be kicked around endlessly. [+]

Spain Investors Told Catalans Offer Best Chance of Repayment

Tuesday, 4 november 2014 | Bloomberg
Oriol Junqueras, leader of the separatist group Esquerra Republicana, has identified Spain’s public debt of more than 1 trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) as a weakness for the central government. Spanish bondholders would be well advised to engage with Catalan officials since they may hold the key to getting repaid, according to Oriol Junqueras, leader of the separatist group Esquerra Republicana. Bond investors should recognize that Spain will struggle to contain its public debt when interest rates rise, and that the alternative to dealing with Catalonian separatists may be the anti-establishment Podemos party, said Junqueras. [+]

Ten leading international figures say let the Catalans vote

Saturday, 1 november 2014 |
Nobel Peace Prize laureates Desmond Tutu and Adolfo Pérez-Esquivel top the list   Ten leading international figures called today for the Catalans not to be presented from voting on their political future, by signing a Manifesto, "Let Catalans Vote". The manifesto, which was published on the website, points out that “the best way to solve legitimate internal disputes is to employ the tools of democracy”. To this end, the ten call on “the Spanish government and institutions and their Catalan counterparts to work together to allow the citizens of Catalonia to vote on their political future and then negotiate in good faith based on the result”. [+]

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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