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Spanish diplomats warned French journalist against moderating an event about Catalonia

Saturday, 6 may 2017 | CNA
Spanish diplomats tried to pressure the moderator of an event with former Catalan president, Artur Mas, in Brussels. The correspondent from the French newspaper Libération, Jean Quatremer, admitted on Tuesday that when he agreed to present the event with the former Catalan president, he received some “news from Madrid”. “They called to ask me why I had accepted, and if I was sure about what I was getting into, and obviously I was,” said the correspondent, stressing that he is not in favor of independence. During the conference, Mas defended the demands for a referendum in Catalonia and said regretfully that “the only” dialogue that the Spanish state offers to the Catalan people is with “the judges”.

Catalan Parliament President to face court on May 8 for allowing debate on independence

Wednesday, 3 may 2017 | VILAWEB
She is accused of disobedience for not stopping the discussion, which was suspended by the Constitutional Court after a Spanish government complaint

A new kind of Catalonia?

Wednesday, 3 may 2017 | MEDIUM CORPORATION
MEDIUM CORPORATION   PATRICK JACKSON   23-04-2017.-   Lost to view in the global news arena this week, somewhere between France’s unprecedented election campaign and the UK’s calling of a snap post-Brexit poll, the peaceloving cause of Catalan independence edged forward. I spent a week in November 2014 reporting for BBC News on Catalonia’s first stab at a referendum on independence. Remember that one? The non-binding ballot which Spain declared illegal and tried to ignore after 80% of participants voted “out”?   Thanks to a tip from a contact in Barcelona, I became aware of a new development this Wednesday: the launch of a grassroots “Si” (“Yes”) campaign for the next vote (the pictures above were posted by tweeters in the region). [+]

"Assumimos todas as consequências de fazer um referendo na Catalunha"

Saturday, 29 april 2017 | DIÁRIO DE NOTÍCIAS
Entrevista ao conselheiro de Negócios Estrangeiros, Relações Internacionais e Transparência do Governo da Catalunha, Raül Romeva.

O conselheiro de Negócios Estrangeiros, Relações Institucionais e Transparência do Governo da Catalunha, Raül Romeva, fez um balanço ao DN do projeto independentista catalão. Em Lisboa para marcar o Dia de Sant Jordi e para a apresentação da reedição do livro Dois Povos Ibéricos: Portugal e Catalunha, escrito por Fèlix Cucurull há 50 anos, reiterou a vontade do governo de fazer o referendo, com ou sem o apoio do governo de Madrid.


British MPs, diplomats and journalists debate Catalonia’s independence roadmap at Westminster

Saturday, 29 april 2017
More than 150 people attended the first debate organized by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Catalonia, created last March in the British Parliament. Under the title ‘A Democratic Solution for Catalonia’ SNP MP George Kerevan, who is one of the main promoters of the APPG, Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams, the Daily Mirror’s Political editor, Jason Beattie, and former Consul for Great Britain in Barcelona, Geoff Cowling, among others, discussed both Catalonia’s pro-independence roadmap and the ways to overcome the current deadlock. “There is only one democratic solution and it is to let the people vote,” said Kerevan and warned that stopping them “is not the European way”. He also criticized the Spanish Government's decision to ban democratically-elected Catalan political representatives from public office. Cowley pointed at the Spanish Constitution, which he defined as “very rigid” as the main hurdle for Catalonia to hold a referendum. “Sometimes, facing up to the political realities of the day is more important than adhering to past legislation,” he said.

There Will Always Be Spanish Catalonia

Friday, 28 april 2017 | MODERN DIPLOMACY
MODERN DIPLOMACY   By BHASO NDZENDZE   17-04-2017   On October 6th 2016, the Parliament of Catalonia designated the 17th of September 2017 as the date in which the population of that region are to vote in a referendum to determine whether to remain as part of the Kingdom of Spain or formally assume the status of a sovereign country.   Catalonia’s Regional President Carles Puigdemont made it clear that though he would ideally hold the referendum with the central government’s approval, he would hold it “with or without Spain’s blessing. [+]

Amadeu Altafaj: ‘In Catalonia we have to make sure that we are not traded off for Gibraltar’

Wednesday, 12 april 2017 | VILAWEB
The government representative to the EU in this interview highlights the role that the capitals of the member states might have rather than the EU itself

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's president, talks to Al Jazeera: What goes for Scotland, goes for Catalonia

Wednesday, 12 april 2017 | AL JAZEERA
As Catalan leaders push for an independence referendum, what would such a development mean for the future of the region?

Puigdemont explains Catalonia’s independence at Harvard University

Thursday, 6 april 2017 | CNA
Catalonia’s aim for independence is related to the US civil rights movement. This is one of the main ideas which Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, set forth this Monday in a conference at Harvard University. “Our struggle is a reflection of the fight for American civil rights,” he said during the conference “Catalonia, Today, Tomorrow”, but lamented that, in contrast with American institutions which “have respected democracy and the will of its people to adapt over time”, Spain's refuses to open a dialogue over Catalonia's pro-independence aspirations and the will of its citizens to hold a referendum. “We are convinced that this is the best option,” he said but pointed out that “up to now it has been impossible, due to the Spanish Government’s constant, absolute refusal to discuss it”. However, he warned, “Catalonia will hold the referendum in any case.”

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