Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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My Europe: Catalonia

Sunday, 27 september 2009 | Daily Telegraph
Pol Pagès, 26, lives in Barcelona. He supports the independence of Catalonia within the EU By Fiona Govan “I’m from Catalonia and I feel Catalan and European – not Spanish. So, I’m from the hidden Europe, from that part of the continent where its inhabitants are not comfortable within the state they are living. Catalonia has its own institutions, language and culture and enjoys autonomy from Spain, so it runs itself as a nation inside another nation, with all the problems that brings. [+]

A Public Reply to the Haaretz

Saturday, 19 september 2009 | Haaretz
Dear Sirs, After reading your article of September 17 (Torches in Barcelona), we feel that the following notes might help your baffled Israeli tourist better understand some of the reasons behind the Catalans’ drive towards independence. Your correspondent gives a fair account of the historical roots of the conflict between Catalonia and Spain, especially when pointing out that Catalans have always tried to “fight for their freedom by democratic means” in a context of “occupation, assimilation and repression”. [+]

Catalan Town Votes For Independence From Spain

Monday, 14 september 2009 | Premsa
Difusió de la consulta d'Arenys a la premsa internacional (extret de Vilaweb):   The New York Times (Estats Units): Catalan Town Votes For Independence From Spain France Press (França): Espagne: vote massif pour l'indépendance catalane lors d'un référendum symbolique Le Monde (França): La Catalogne se mobilise pour défendre son statut d'autonomie élargie n-TV (Alemanya): Katalanischer Ort gegen Spanien Der Standard (Austria): Katalanische Gemeinde stimmte über Unabhängigkeit ab CNN Turk (Turquia): Katalonya'nın bağımsızlığına referandum! Milliyet (Turquia): Barcelona'da Katalonya için bağımsızlık gösterisi. [+]

A Public Reply to the Financial Times (III) - short version

Friday, 21 august 2009 | Financial Times
Dear Sirs, Your latest report on Spain (Flimsier footings) offers a good account of the rumblings that are increasingly heard in Madrid about the need for the state to put an end to the devolution process. We shall venture to offer a few comments from the Catalan side. The central government is now finding that, with seventeen regional governments around the table representing different and often conflicting interests, the state’s administration can be unmanageable. It is also said to be costly. [+]

A Public Reply to the Financial Times (III) - long version

Friday, 21 august 2009 | Financial Times
Dear Sirs, Your latest report on Spain (Flimsier footings) offers a good account of the rumblings that are increasingly heard in Madrid about the need for the state to put an end to the devolution process. We shall venture to offer a few comments from the Catalan side. Spain’s problem with its regions, which you aptly describe as an “unintended consequence of democracy”, is entirely of its own making. After Franco’s death, it was acknowledged by all democratic forces that the “historic regions” had a very strong claim to a form of self-government on historic, economic, cultural and social grounds. [+]

A Public Reply to The Economist (III)

Sunday, 2 august 2009 | The Economist
Dear Sirs One perverse feature of Spain’s admittedly flawed devolution system is that it’s taken for granted that some constituents will keep feeding the state’s kitty while others are guaranteed an open-ended free ride. Mr. Zapatero’s latest fiscal sleight of hand (“All must have prizes”, July 30, 2009) doesn’t even pretend to change that. And yet, The Economist is quick to declare Catalonia –a net contributor to the tune of 10% of its GDP, 21 billion euros a year– a winner. [+]

A Public Reply to The Daily Telegraph

Monday, 29 june 2009 | Daily Telegraph
Sirs, Your story "Catalonia pays homage to the EU, not Spain, as push for independence grows” does a good job of explaining the increasing support for independence in Catalonia. We feel, however, that the accompanying photo is somewhat misleading. Your picture shows three hooded individuals, faces covered, burning Spanish and French flags. For what it's worth, we would like to point out that burning a Spanish flag in Catalonia is a serious offence (interestingly, burning a Catalan flag is not). [+]

Pere Punyetes també respon al Financial Times

Sunday, 21 june 2009 | Financial Times
El català Pere Punyetes, que sovint respon a notícies aparegudes en la premsa internacional, també va respondre a l'article del Financial Times Language policy: Linguistic diversity may be too much of a good thing.   El Financial Times va publicar la resposta en la seva edició de paper i per Internet.   **************   A scarce linguistic commodity is, of course, more valuable From Mr Pere Punyetes. Sir, In his article “Linguistic diversity may be too much of a good thing” (Wednesday, June 10), Victor Mallet states that “local language tests can discriminate against doctors who do not speak the local language”. [+]

A Public Reply to the Financial Times (II)

Friday, 19 june 2009 | Financial Times
We in the Col·lectiu Emma have previously voiced our concern over informations published in the Financial Times and elsewhere that we felt didn’t properly reflect the state of affairs in Spain, and more particularly in Catalonia. On this occasion, however, we would like to praise your Spanish correspondent for his more objective and thorough report of June 9 (Language policy: Linguistic diversity may be too much of a good thing). We especially welcome the appearance of new compelling voices from Catalonia countering the centralist notions that have tended to monopolize the floor so far. [+]

A Public Reply to "The Economist" (II)

Wednesday, 10 june 2009 | The Economist
Sirs, Your latest article on Spain (Zapped, June 6, 2009) is right to describe Ms. Rosa Diez as “militantly centralist”. We feel, however, that you’ve given her tiny single-issue party far too much credit. Only severely misinformed voters can “see Spain’s regions as a driver of inequality”, for instance. A mere look at the massive transfers of funds from the more productive regions to the endemically unproductive ones would be enough to convince anyone that just the opposite is true. [+]


Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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