Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia


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. [+]

The Catalan crisis is not just about nationalism

Sunday, 22 october 2017 | ALJAZEERA
ALJAZEERA   By SANTIAGO ZABALA     19-10-2017.-   This is a difficult year for Spain. First, the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, had to appear in court because of corruption charges levelled against his party; then Barcelona suffered a bloody terrorist attack; and now a referendum for the independence of Catalonia has plunged the nation into a political crisis that led to Spanish police beating up voters and Madrid threatening to revoke Catalonia's autonomy. [+]

Commission employs double standards in Spain

Sunday, 22 october 2017 | EuObserver
The EU commission seems to agree that Catalonian independence is a domestic issue for Spain - without looking at the appointment of judges or the constitution. (Photo: European Commission)

Spain is Operating Way Beyond Democratic Legitimacy

Saturday, 21 october 2017 | Craig Murray Org
By Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

Catalan Leaders Accuse Madrid of Killing Chance of Talks

Saturday, 21 october 2017 | NEW YORK TIMES
Image: Two of the main leaders of Catalonia’s separatist movement, Jordi Cuixart, left, and Jordi Sanchez, arriving at a court in Madrid on Monday. A judge ordered that they be held without bail while the authorities determined whether to charge them with sedition. 
CreditFrancisco Seco/Associated Press 

Catalan independence: arrogance of Madrid explains this chaos John Carlin in The Times

Saturday, 14 october 2017
John Carlin   October 7 2017, The Times   Shortly before the King of Spain addressed the nation this week, some of his more rational-minded subjects hoped that maybe, just maybe, he might rise above the petty-mindedness of the Madrid political establishment. He could, they thought, offer a generous vision of how to resolve the crisis caused by the escalating clamour for Catalan independence. No such luck. By the end of his six-minute speech Felipe VI had only made things worse. [+]

I hope Catalonia stays with Spain, but I support its right to leave

Saturday, 14 october 2017 | THE GUARDIAN
Though the Catalans cannot say they are a colonised people, at stake is the basic democratic principle of national self-determination

Catalonia on the Brink: How Did We Get Here?

Friday, 13 october 2017 | PROMARKET
Catalans simply want to vote and exercise their right of self-determination, argues Jaume Ventura of CREI; if they do not stand up for their rights, who else will?

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


Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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