Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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Catalan government will report to Brussels Madrid’s massive cash withdrawal from Catalan banks on October 2

Sunday, 14 october 2018 | ARA
The financial warfare waged against Catalonia’s independence bid is the subject of debate in the Catalan parliament

Spain yet to launch ‘systemic investigation’ into 'excessive police force' during referendum

Sunday, 30 september 2018 | ACN
Human Rights Watch regrets that one year after the vote, the Spanish government offers "no response" to calls for independent enquiry

Aamer Anwar: “Spain has set a trap for Catalonia”

Wednesday, 19 september 2018 | VILAWEB
An interview with the lawyer for Catalan minister Clara Ponsatí

‘You cannot solve a constitutional crisis with the penal code’

Tuesday, 18 september 2018 | EUROZINE
Spanish and Catalan nationalisms are to a large extent mirror images, argues historian Luka Lisjak Gabrijelčič; the clash between them represents a battle between competing ideas of sovereignty, and makes the Catalan dispute so important for wider European debates.


Monday, 10 september 2018
    A year ago, almost to the day, Col·lectiu Emma warned about an escalation of the conflict between Spain and Catalonia and argued for a negotiated solution involving at some point a referendum on independence. The same view was voiced by some of the better informed international observers. The Spanish government, however, remained inflexible in denying Catalans the right to express themselves through a vote. After all the efforts made to that end had failed, a referendum was called unilaterally by the Catalan government. [+]

Spain’s Dictator Is Dead, but the Debate About Him Lives On

Thursday, 9 august 2018 | FOREIGN POLICY
Francisco Franco ran Spain with an iron fist for decades—and created myths about his rule that are only now starting to come undone.

IMAGE: People make the fascist salute at La Basilica The Valley of Fallen in San Lorenzo del Escorial near Madrid on July 15, 2018, as they protest against the removal of Franco's remains from The Valley of Fallen. (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

Old order is on way out, in Spain and Scotland

Tuesday, 10 july 2018 | THE NATIONAL
THE NATIONAL 9th July 2018     GEORGE KEREVAN   THE Socialist Workers’ Party, or Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol (PSOE), is Spain’s oldest extant political organisation, founded as far back as 1879. Under its youthful new leader Pedro Sanchez, it has miraculously returned to power in Madrid, though only as a (very) minority government, following the downfall of the right-wing Popular Party (PP) administration of Mariano Rajoy. At the last Spanish general election (in 2016) the PSOE only managed a derisory 85 seats out of 350 and was being written off – very much like the Labour Party before Jeremy Corbyn. [+]

Cathal MacSwiney Brugha: ‘Jailing Catalan pro-independence leaders is a stupid move by Madrid, a sign that they are losing’

Saturday, 7 july 2018 | VILAWEB
The Irish Professor proposes a “Europe Cares” about Catalonia campaign
Picture by Lluís Brunet

AP Interview: Catalan chief to ask Spain for secession vote

Saturday, 30 june 2018 | APNEWS
APNews By JOSEPH WILSON   26-06-2018   BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia’s new separatist chief plans to deliver one message to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in their highly-anticipated meeting next month: an authorized ballot over Catalan secession from Spain is the only solution to the country’s worst political crisis in decades. “We will go to the meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister ready to discuss the major issue ... which is the right to self-determination for Catalonia,” Catalonia’s regional president Quim Torra told The Associated Press in an interview on Monday. [+]

Sánchez and the Catalan Crisis

Saturday, 30 june 2018
JACOBINMAG 18-06-2018   By LUKE STOBART   "It’s the best thing for me and for the Popular Party, or to put in another way, it is the best for the Popular Party and for me, and I think also for Spain and the rest doesn’t matter." With these typically bumbling words Mariano Rajoy said goodbye to his seven years of presidency after losing a no-confidence motion in Congress. After many depressing months in which the new Spanish right — Ciudadanos (C’s) — had helped push mainstream politics rightwards, a more interesting political phase has begun. [+]

Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Col·lectiu Emma is a network of Catalans and non-Catalans living in different countries who have made it their job to track and review news reports about Catalonia in the international media. Our goal is to ensure that the world's public opinion gets a fair picture of the country's reality today and in history.

We aim to be recognized as a trustworthy source of information and ideas about Catalonia from a Catalan point of view.
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