Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Spain and Catalonia can find a way forward. Here’s what they must do (by Gerry Adams)

Friday, 13 october 2017 | THE GUARDIAN
Europe is facing its biggest crisis since the Balkan wars. But no conflict is intractable, and the broad principles for resolving it are the same as they were in Ireland

Image: Gerry Adams, centre, and Sinn Fein negotiators Caiomhghin O’Caolain (left) and the late Martin McGuinness arrive at Stormont for peace talks in 1997. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS
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Joyce McMillan: EU must take lead in Catalan talks

Sunday, 8 october 2017 | THE SCOTSMAN
It’s now the duty of the European Union to play its part in negotiation in Spain, says Joyce McMillan
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Le point de non-retour de la crise catalane: l’étincelle invisible

Sunday, 8 october 2017 | LIBÉRATION
LIBÉRATION Par André Loez, Professeur d’histoire contemporaine à Sciences-Po Paris et en classes préparatoires — 4 octobre 2017 à 20:56 Des violences policières des derniers jours, à Barcelone, au discours martial du roi Felipe VI, mardi, la question se pose du moment de bascule dans une crise historique. Quand est-ce qu’un événement bascule de façon irréparable ? Où situer le point de non-retour qui ferme l’espace des possibles et réoriente définitivement l’histoire ? La crise en Catalogne rend très actuelle cette interrogation familière des historiens, accoutumés à démêler les causes, à identifier les points de rupture qui font passer de la paix à la guerre, de la manifestation à l’insurrection, de la sédition à la sécession. [+]

Hidden ballot boxes, encrypted texts: How Catalans staged their referendum

Sunday, 8 october 2017 | CNN
    CNN   October 5, 2017 By Erin McLaughlin, Claudia Rebaza and Elena Gyldenkerne, Barcelona (CNN) The images shocked Spain and reverberated around Europe. Officers with Spain's national security forces, in full riot gear, smashing their way into polling stations, dragging women out by the hair, and firing rubber bullets indiscriminately into crowds as they turned out to vote. It was all part of a coordinated crackdown on Catalonia's disputed independence referendum -- banned by Spain's highest court, but held in defiance of Madrid by Catalonia's passionate separatists who felt their long-held dream of an independent state was close at hand. [+]

Spanien ist tot

Sunday, 8 october 2017 | SÜDDEUSTCHE ZEIT
Albert Sánchez Piñol, geboren 1965 in Barcelona, ist Anthropologe und Schriftsteller. Sein Roman "Victus" (auf deutsch "Der Untergang Barcelonas") über den Krieg von 1714 war in Spanien das meistverkaufte Buch des Jahres 2013. (Foto: Privat)
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Catalonia’s Split With Spain Is About Identity, Not Just Money

Sunday, 8 october 2017 | BLOOMBERG
Barcelona and Madrid survived the tough times together, but even as Spain’s economy improves, their union is disintegrating.
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Spain: Excessive use of force by National Police and Civil Guard in Catalonia

Saturday, 7 october 2017 | AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Amnesty International has directly confirmed on the ground that members of the National Police force's Police Intervention Unit (UIP) and Civil Guard officers used excessive and disproportionate force against demonstrators who were passively resisting in the streets and at the entrances to polling stations. The security forces were acting on the ruling of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), which ordered them to prevent the holding of a referendum. The Ministry of the Interior reports that the security forces intervened and shut down 92 polling stations. According to information from the Generalitat (the government of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia), there were a total of 2,315 polling stations, 400 of which were shut down by court order.
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Could Catalonia make a success of independence?

Saturday, 7 october 2017 | BBC News
Will they or won't they? The Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has told the BBC the region will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, following a controversial, illegal independence poll which Spanish police tried to stop. If they did, independence may well be blocked anyway. But supposing the region did secede, would Catalonia be able to stand on its own two feet?
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Chaos in Catalonia

Saturday, 7 october 2017 | THE NEW YORK TIMES
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD   OCTOBER 2, 2017 The brutality of the Spanish police on Sunday in their mission to shut down the Catalan secession referendum succeeded mostly in deepening a political crisis. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had the law largely on his side, but Barcelona now has the television images and the solidarity and sympathy they generate, leaving the prime minister looking like an intransigent bully and rendering any possible political resolution of the conflict more remote. [+]

‘We are with you Catalunya’ – the revolt in Spain is bigger than flags and language

Saturday, 7 october 2017 | THE GUARDIAN
Two million Catalans braved the threat of a police boot in the face to demand independence. As with Scotland and Greece, this was a modern, cosmopolitan form of nationalism

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Riot police prevent people entering the Ramon Llull school to vote. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

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Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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