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Carles Puigdemont: This is not just about Catalonia. This is about democracy itself

Sunday, 12 november 2017 | THE GUARDIAN
Spain has imposed a political agenda that goes against the will of the majority of Catalans. We will defend our rights to the end

The EU and Catalonia: A non-epic tale of hypocrisy, hand-wringing, and getting it wrong

Monday, 6 november 2017 | COUNTERFIRE
EU policy combines un-masterly inactivity with bias towards Madrid and contempt for international law

Image: Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission. Photo: Flickr/Euranet Plus

Upholding the Rule of Law in the European Union

Sunday, 5 november 2017 | OpenDemocracy
An open letter concerning the upholding of the Rule of Law in the European Union, co-signed by 188 scholars, politicians, public intellectuals and members of the European Parliament and sent on November 3, 2017.

Catalonia Will Not Retreat

Friday, 3 november 2017 | NEW YORK TIMES
NYT   By ORIOL JUNQUERAS NOVEMBER 1, 2017   BARCELONA — The proclamation of independence by the Catalan Republic last week was a historic milestone. It demonstrated that the Catalan government, with the support of the public, has one priority — freedom for a people who are being prohibited from deciding their future. It didn’t seem to matter to the Spanish government, though, that most Catalans wanted a peaceful, democratic vote to establish their independence. [+]

Catalonia Civil Servants Must Decide: Resist or Obey Madrid’s Rule

Friday, 3 november 2017 | NEW YORK TIMES
NYT   By PATRICK KINGSLEY OCTOBER 29, 2017     BARCELONA — Agustí Colomines, a Catalan civil servant, held up a copy of the decree from Madrid that had fired his boss and all the other leaders in the Catalan regional government. “This is only words,” Mr. Colomines said on Sunday afternoon. “It’s not a real thing.” As the Spanish government tries to restore constitutional order in Catalonia, after the Catalan Parliament’s declaration of independence on Friday, a question is whether the Catalan administration — its ministers, lawmakers, judges, teachers, policemen and civil servants — will fall in line on Monday and take their orders from the new caretaker administration installed on Friday by Madrid. [+]

Catalan Parliament declares independence

Friday, 3 november 2017 | VILAWEB
Resolution declaring independent Catalan republic passed with 70 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions

Manifesto-Denounce “A Blow to the Rule of Law”

Monday, 23 october 2017 | Col·lectiu Praga
(By  Col·lectiu Praga  21/10/2017)

If you agree, please support this Manifesto-Denounce with your signature, following instructions here. [+]


Sunday, 22 october 2017 | NEWSWEEK
NEWSWEEK   By IVAN ELAND   19-10-2017.-   Ever since the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 popularized the notion that citizens should determine their own governments and that those governments should serve the people and not repress the same to prop up kings or dictators, aspirations of “self-determination” have flourished, especially recently. The Kurds in Iraq and the Catalans in Spain have voted to become independent from those states. [+]

Die sieben grossen Irrtümer über Katalonien

Sunday, 22 october 2017 | Tagesanzeiger
Tagesanzeiger   Res Strehle   19-10-2017.-   Meinungsbildung erfolgt oft reflexartig, im Moment gerade über Katalonien. Weil sich auf diesem Weg aber gerne auch Irrtümer und Missverständnisse einschleichen, hier die sieben meistgehörten und -gelesenen Irrtümer in den vergangenen drei Wochen seit Zuspitzung des Konflikts:   1. Die katalanische Unabhängigkeitsbewegung ähnelt jener für den Brexit in England Die Brexit-Bewegung in England will das Gegenteil dessen, was die Katalanisten wollen: Ihr Ja steht für den Austritt Grossbritanniens aus der EU, deren Schwächung, eine massive Beschränkung der Einwanderung und den Abbau der sozialen und ökologischen Auflagen durch die EU. [+]


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