Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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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. [+]

Scottish independence: Why are many Catalans desperately hoping that Scotland will vote 'yes'? (The Independent)

Monday, 18 august 2014 | The Independent
Although we disagree with the emphasis that has been placed on the economic argument, we would like to draw your attention to the following article, published in The Independent on Saturday August 16th, which offers a number of interesting points. Alistair Dawber talks to people in two very different places who are facing strangely similar dilemmas ALISTAIR DAWBER Saturday 16 August 2014 The Independent In just over a month's time, a country that probably doesn't want independence from another will get a vote on whether to separate, and a fiercely autonomous region elsewhere that almost certainly does want to secede from a larger nation won't be allowed to. [+]

Recommended: "The Success of Small Countries" (Credit Suisse report)

Wednesday, 6 august 2014 | Credit Suisse
We recommend the following report by Credit Suisse "The Success of Small Countries (pdf)." More information from Credit Suisse on the study can be found here. Excerpts: ... in a world of free trade, political borders are economically irrelevant and small countries can be as successful as some of the larger ones, that can benefit from a large domestic market. Small countries are more homogeneous and homogeneity plays an important role in determining the success of a country. [+]

The clock keeps ticking in Catalonia

Wednesday, 23 july 2014
With less than four months to go until November 9th, the scheduled date for a referendum on independence in Catalonia, those advocating for a negotiated solution – the so-called "third way" – seem to have lost the battle. In an attempt to secure a compromise that could hold the State together, representatives of influential interest groups in Catalonia, many of them with economic ties to the Spanish public sector, had been pleading with the powers that be in Madrid to make an offer of a better financial arrangement and a larger measure of self-government for Catalans. [+]

Recommended: Letter to the Financial Times, by Mr. Xavier Comas

Tuesday, 22 july 2014 | Financial Times
Separatist is too peaceful a term to apply to rebels July 21st, 2014 From Mr Xavier Comas Angelet. Sir, Your editorial “Putin is facing his moment of truth” (July 19) adopts the unfortunate convention of referring to the eastern Ukrainian rebels as “separatists”. I find this denomination myopic and misleading. Clearly, the rebels are not seeking secession as a means to establish a separate and independent country. Rather, they want to leave Ukraine to join Russia. [+]

Recommended: "An unprecedented social and political process" (Salvador Cardús)

Monday, 14 july 2014 | Catalan International View
By Salvador Cardús. 2 June 2014 Catalan International View The social and political process that a significant part of Catalan society is engaged in is so dense, complex and fast-paced that it is difficult to clearly appreciate the factors that explain its origins some ten years ago and its current state of development. According to opinion polls conducted at the end of 2013, 60 percent of the population held a desire to have an independent state (double the number than at the beginning of the process), a phenomenon which is still on the rise. [+]

Recommended: Crisis of trust as economic downturn in Spain ends (Financial Times)

Wednesday, 25 june 2014 | Financial Times
We recommend the following article "Crisis of trust as economic downturn in Spain ends" by Tobias Buck, which was originally published in the Financial Times on June 23rd 2014. A few excerpts: In the region of Catalonia [...] more and more people say they want to have nothing to do with the state of Spain. Secessionist pressures are on the rise, and will come to a head in November, when the regional government plans a referendum on Catalonia’s political future. The biggest challenge, without doubt, lies in Catalonia, where disaffection with Spain has reached such proportions that a large share of the population – perhaps as many as half – are seeking a historic break with the rest of the country. [+]

Madrid policies 'harm Catalonia', local economy minister (ANSAmed)

Wednesday, 18 june 2014 | ANSAmed
Barcelona businessmen support separation from Spain 17 JUNE, 18:26 ANSAmed (by Elisa Pinna). (ANSAmed) - BARCELONA, JUNE 17 - Economy Minister of the Generalitat de Catalunya (local government) Andreu Mas-Colell told a group of foreign journalists on Tuesday that the regional economy would improve if it were independent of the central government. Mas-Colell is one of the most highly esteemed economists in the Western world and his name has repeatedly come up as a possible candidate for the Nobel Prize. [+]


Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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