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Spain cannot continue to ignore Catalan independence

Sunday, 1 march 2015 | THE PARLIAMENT MAGAZINE
THE PARLIAMENT MAGAZINE   24-02-2015   By JON BENTON   Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, from Barcelona, identifies himself as a Catalan MEP in the European parliament. A graduate and former lecturer in economics at the University of Barcelona, he joined parliament in 2009 as a member of the ALDE group and has focused his energies in the economic and monetary affairs committee. Tremosa has been a leading voice for Catalan issues in parliament, repeatedly calling for greater recognition of its language and culture at the EU level. [+]

Catalan Tax Rebels Dig In for Battle to Escape From Spain

Saturday, 28 february 2015 | BLOOMBERG
BLOOMBERG   27-02-2015   By ESTEBAN DUARTE     A doctor, a graphic designer and a lawyer from Catalonia are road-testing a mechanism for paying taxes that could give the regional president, Artur Mas, a decisive weapon in his campaign to force independence from Spain. As pressure for a breakaway builds ahead of a regional election in September, the group is encouraging Catalans to use an arcane legal formula to pay their taxes to an escrow account controlled by the regional government. [+]

Spanish justice suspends for three years Judge Vidal for an offence of opinion

Saturday, 28 february 2015 | VILAWEB
VILAWEB The Spanish General Council of Judicial Power (CGPJ) has suspended for three years judge Santiago Vidal from the Barcelona Audience for having promoted and presented a proposal for a Catalan constitution.  The maximum body of judicial power considers that Vidal’s attitude has caused ‘a clear and inexcusable repeated inobservance of such important duties as his juridical status and those of loyalty to the Spanish constitution and of juridical order’.  Judge Vidal may appeal to the Supreme Court and afterwards to the European Court of Justice, but the sanction will be applied immediately and he will remain out of judicial service for the offence of expressing his opinion. [+]

Spain's Top Court: Catalan Secession Vote Unconstitutional

Thursday, 26 february 2015 | New York Times
NYT   25-02-2015   Spain's Constitutional Court has unanimously declared a vote on secession by the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia last November as unconstitutional. The court ruled Tuesday that a law passed by the Catalan regional government allowing it to call such votes is also unconstitutional. The court had ordered the suspension of the Nov. 9 vote while it studied a complaint from the central government. But Catalonia pressed ahead, labeling the referendum an informal process so as to try to skirt the suspension order. [+]

Àlex Susanna: ‘As a language and as a culture we have long been independent’

Monday, 23 february 2015 | VILAWEB
The Institut Ramon Llull is the body responsible for projecting the Catalan culture abroad.  According to its director, Àlex Susanna, the work the Institute can do goes further. ‘The Catalan culture is a very effective calling card of Catalonia, of the country’. In 2014, important steps were taken, he explains, above all in the field of translation of Catalan literature, which has been very well received in the Anglo-Saxon market with translations of Catalan works such as ‘Incerta glòria’ and ‘El quadern gris’. But not everything is positive.  In this interview Susanna reports the control that Spanish embassies have long exerted over Catalan activity abroad. ‘There is a control which is belligerent in some cases’, he affirms. [+]

Process to return bullfighting to Catalonia in "advanced stages", according to Spanish government

Saturday, 21 february 2015 | ARA
  Ministry of José Ignacio Wert says that they are working on it, although no date has been set for this hypothetical return

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We could secede from Spain, warns Catalan minister

Friday, 20 february 2015 | THE SCOTSMAN
CATALONIA could unilaterally declare independence if the Spanish government refuses to treat the region in the same way as Scotland was treated by the UK, a senior Catalan minister has warned.
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Mas names two commissioners to promote state structures and new transparency measures

Friday, 20 february 2015 | ARA
Carles Viver Pi-Sunyer and Núria Bassols will be appointed next week, according to the President of the Generalitat. He has established his ten key projects until the proposed elections of 27-S to define the economic and social profile before facing the new round of elections
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Mas announces a plan to disconnect from Spain

Wednesday, 18 february 2015 | VILAWEB
In half a year he will promote state structures, the deployment of Catalonia’s own tax office and make an inventory of strategic infrastructures.
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Internal Revenue technicians alarmed by Montoro’s political use of tax data

Friday, 13 february 2015 | ARA
As a result of the Monedero and Pujol cases, Gestha warns that the Minister should not have this information, and even less use it to discredit political opponents
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