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Danish Parliament passes motion supporting democratic solution for Catalonia

Wednesday, 20 may 2015
VILAWEB 19-05-2015 The majority of the Danish parliament and its government is in favor of supporting a democratic dialogue between Catalonia and Spain. Six out of the eight parties that form the chamber have shown their support in finding a solution for the independence of Catalonia. 64 members of the Danish parliament voted for the motion and 41 abstained. Any member voted against the motion. The question was debated last Tuesday in a 45 minute debate, all of the parties took a stance about the Catalan case as a result of the question posed by the left wing Enhedslisten Party (The Red and Green Alliance). [+]

Fernández Díaz, irresponsible

Saturday, 16 may 2015 | ARA
ARA   EDITORIAL (14-05-2015)   There is an adjective that defines Spain’s Home Secretary Jorge Fernández Díaz with absolute clarity: irresponsible. One must be extremely vigilant when it comes to Islamic terrorism. You cannot play good cop/bad cop; you cannot drag the requisite cooperation between police forces down to the political battlefield; you cannot plant the seed of doubt among the public when the efficacy of the police is at stake; you cannot make security subservient to your political agenda; again, such blatantly partisan policies are simply unacceptable. [+]

Denmark asks for a democratic and peaceful solution through dialogue between Catalonia and Spain

Thursday, 14 may 2015 | DIPLOCAT
First debate on the right of self-determination of Catalonia in a European Parliament [+]

The Need for Necessity

Monday, 11 may 2015 | ARA
ARA   08-05-2015   LIZ CASTRO     Often, when people find out I'm American, they say "Wow, I'd love to learn how to speak English, I've been taking classes for years but I still can't get by." They look at me and my kids with envy since we learned English naturally, without classes. I always give the same answer: to learn a language, you have go where it's spoken so that you NEED to speak it. There's nothing like having someone right in front of you hanging on your every word. [+]

Wert, the ignorant minister

Thursday, 7 may 2015 | ARA
ARA 06-05-2015 CARLES CAPDEVILA Here we go again. Minister of Education, Culture and Sport José Ignacio Wert, the "hispanicizer" of Catalan children (1), strikes back and now wants to require, by law, that schools inform all parents about their right to request Spanish-medium teaching for their children in Catalonia. Wert, the provoker. Wert, the agitator. Wert, the enemy of peaceful co-existence. Wert, the minister for ignorance. Wert, the man who hopes to be remembered for creating a conflict in schools where none existed. [+]

Every possible impediment

Wednesday, 6 may 2015 | ARA
The excellent electoral prospects that all the polls and surveys suggest are causing Albert Rivera and his party, Ciudadanos, to become overly confident. Only this could explain why yesterday MP Carina Mejías, candidate for mayor of Barcelona, dared to announce that her party "will strive to use every possible impediment" to stop the pro-independence demonstration next 11 September on Barcelona’s Avinguda Meridiana. [+]

Financial Times criticizes manipulation of news by TVE

Wednesday, 29 april 2015 | ARA
ARA 27-04-2015     Last Tuesday The Financial Times, the leading economic newspaper worldwide, published a report by its correspondent in Spain, Tobias Buck, on the manipulation of news by TVE. Titled "Spanish state broadcaster TVE accused of political bias", the report echoes the protests of the network’s journalists, who sent a delegation to Brussels to file a formal complaint about political meddling in their work by the Rajoy government.

 The Financial Times article looks at, among other things, the three areas that receive the most political pressure from the management of the public broadcasting corporation: Catalan independence, Podemos, and cases of corruption. [+]

Demonstration of the strength of the Catalan separatists a month before mayoral elections

Sunday, 26 april 2015 | VILAWEB
VILAWEB     25-04-2015   The Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona was packed on Friday in order to call for independence, to show that ‘we are not deflated,’ stated Carme Forcadell, president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC). Indeed, there were more than 16,000 attendees at the event organized by the main civil society organizations pushing for independence, ANC, Òmnium, and AMI. They all gathered at the Sant Jordi in Barcelona convinced that the path to the Catalan state is possible, and that taking to the streets will be necessary. [+]

Spain’s Ominous Gag Law

Thursday, 23 april 2015 | New York Times
International New York Times   By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  APRIL 22, 2015   On April 10, a group called No Somos Delito or We Are Not a Crime, projected a hologram of protesting marchers filing in front of the Parliament building in Madrid. For the time being, virtual protests in the form of holograms are not illegal in Spain. Incredibly, however, almost every other kind of peaceful protest soon will be if a new law goes into effect as scheduled on July 1. The law on public security — dubbed the “ley mordaza” or “gag law” — would define public protest by actual persons in front of Parliament and other government buildings as a “disturbance of public safety” punishable by a fine of 30,000 euros. [+]

Catalonia exports its #BooksAndRoses tradition to the world

Wednesday, 22 april 2015 | DIPLOCAT
Catalonia’s Sant Jordi (Saint George) Day on 23 April is a unique festivity in the entire world and it is associated to certain universal values, symbolised in books and roses, which make it specially attractive. That is the reason why the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) wishes to increase its international impact.
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