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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. [+]

Recommended: What Does a 36-Foot-Tall Human Tower Have to Do With Catalan Independence? (Smithsonian)

Saturday, 14 june 2014 | Smithsonian
We recommend the following article by Michael Atwood Mason, published on June 13th, 2014 in the Smithsonian Magazine, titled "What Does a 36-Foot-Tall Human Tower Have to Do With Catalan Independence?". An eye-catching protest across Europe is steeped in cultural heritage says Smithsonian curator Michael Atwood Mason In the past few days, in the central squares of eight European capitals, Catalans from northeastern Spain launched an innovative, if quirky, publicity stunt. At noon on June 8, Barcelona-time—the region’s major city, they raised traditional human towers in a coordinated campaign dubbed: “Catalans want to vote. [+]

Plain-Talking Historian Is a Force Behind Catalan Independence Push (WSJ)

Saturday, 14 june 2014 | The Wall Street Journal
Popularity of Party Headed by Oriol Junqueras Has Surged Amid Economic Hardship in Spain The Wall Street Journal June 12, 2014 8:03 AM By MATT MOFFETT BARCELONA—In the drama over the wealthy Catalonia region's push for independence from Spain, much of the script is being written by a blunt-speaking historian whose leftist party drives the debate. Oriol Junqueras heads the pro-independence Republican Left of Catalonia, which topped all other parties in Catalonia in last month's European Parliamentary elections, highlighting the friction between Spain and its leading industrial region. [+]

Catalonia 'headed for independence', says president (ANSAmed)

Friday, 13 june 2014 | ANSAmed
Region not afraid of being expelled from EU, Mas tells ANSAmed 12 JUNE, 16:59 (ANSAmed) - BARCELONA, JUNE 12 - The president of the Catalan regional government, Artur Mas, told ANSAmed that he works for a referendum on the region's independence to be held. ''As a citizen I will vote for Catalonia's independence from Spain in the November 9 referendum. As the political leader of the community, I will do everything I can to ensure that the referendum is held and that the population can express its opinion, despite Madrid's boycott,'' he said. [+]

The Hurdles of a Third Way for Catalonia (by Carles Boix and J. C. Major)

Monday, 9 june 2014
In its May 5 editorial, the Financial Times once again urged Spanish authorities to work on a compromise aimed at solving the Catalan question. The same point has been made more or less explicitly by other international actors. Likewise, in Madrid as well as in Barcelona, some small but influential groups realize that the territorial arrangement now in place in Spain is unworkable and are calling, each in their own way, for a negotiated solution. Only this week, some have seen in the announcement of the Spanish king's abdication an opportunity to break the present impasse. [+]

Recommended conference: Catalonia and Scotland: New nations in the EU? (Queen Mary University, London)

Thursday, 29 may 2014 | Queen Mary University of London
We would like to recommend the following conference at the School of Politics and International Relations:  "Catalonia and Scotland: New nations in the EU?", which will take place tomorrow, Friday 30 May, from 10am-5pm at The People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London. About the conference: The so-called ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ between David Cameron and Alex Salmond to allow a binding referendum on Scottish independence stands in sharp contrast with the Spanish government’s outright opposition to allowing a similar vote in Catalonia. [+]

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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