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

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    Carme Forcadell, the President of the Catalan Parliament, will testify before the High Court of Catalonia (TSJC) for allowing a debate in the plenary about an independence resolution. She is accused of disobedience for not stopping the discussion, which was suspended by the Constitutional Court after a Spanish government complaint. The High Court has also asked four members of the Catalan Parliament Bureau to testify: Anna Simó, Lluís Corominas, Ramona Barrufet and Joan Josep Nuet.

    Simó, from Catalan Republican Left (ERC) will testify the same day as Forcadell, while Corominas and Ramona Barrufet, MPs from the liberal PDeCAT party, will face the court on May 12. Nuet, from left-wing coalition CSQP, and who was initially not included in the investigation, will finally testify as well on May 23. “We have always worked to facilitate debates, not stop them, because words should be free in the Parliament. We will continue in this fashion,” tweeted Forcadell alongside a picture of her citation letter. - Spanish diplomacy warned French journalist against moderating an ...


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    Spanish diplomats warned French journalist against moderating an event about Catalonia

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    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”.

    The conference, organized at the Generalitat’s delegation in Brussels, was a conversation between Quatremer, one of the European capital's most experienced journalists, and Mas. During the conversation, the former Catalan President defended the “democratic” arguments in favor of a referendum and he denied that independence is a “selfish” movement based on pure economic arguments. Moreover, he said that the European Union “does not understand” why Spain answers the Catalan concerns solely through the courts.

    Former Catalan president, Artur Mas, warned that it is unacceptable to deny the Catalans’ democratic right to decide their own future “without even talking about it” while “condemning” those who try to organize a vote. “A nation wanting to decide its own future is a completely normal thing,” said Catalonia’s former president, pointing out the “great number of countries” declaring themselves independent over the last several decades. “Many of them have been through violence, though. Is it more legitimate to achieve your own state with violence than with a referendum? That is very strange,” he said, emphasizing that if actors in violent situations are listened to, movements like the Catalan one should “always” be listened to as well, since they are “totally peaceful”.

    Furthermore, Mas expressed that if Catalonia is able to celebrate a referendum “with a reasonable turnout” and “without violence” that would already “be a very important victory”. “For us the democratic issue is the most important one, the right of self-determination, since we are a nation, more than the issue of independence in itself,” he said, pointing out, however, that “an important part” of the country does want to create their own state.

    During the event on Tuesday, Artur Mas said that a referendum would be “a remarkable service to democracy”, also in the European Union, and he emphasized that Catalonia is “a small, civilized, and peaceful country, which is not in favor of violence and which has aspirations for the future.”

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Tuesday’s event in Brussels began with the Libération correspondent, Jean Quatremer, explaining how, soon after he had agreed to participate, he received a call 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, but I am not at all in favor of independence,” he said.

    Indeed, the call to Quatremer is not the Spanish foreign office's first attempt to stop a Catalan event abroad. Also in Belgium, the nationalism expert from the University of Lovaina and moderator of a DiploCAT-hosted debate on the situation in Catalonia, Vincent Laborderie, ended up rescinding the right to speak from a Spanish embassy diplomat, who had questioned the event's independence. “I do not know how they do diplomacy in your country, but this is not a very diplomatic way of doing things,” said Laborderie to the embassy representative, Laura Martínez, who had originally introduced herself as a student and then, some minutes into her comments, admitted that she was a diplomat.

    Also in Brussels, a principal European think tank, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), cancelled an event in 2014 at the last minute in which the president of the National Transition Advisory Council, Carles Viver i Pi-Sunyer, was to participate. Sources from DiploCAT suggested the cancellation was due to “pressure” from Spanish diplomats. That same year, the presentation of the Dutch translation of Victus, a book written by Albert Sánchez Piñol which was supposed to be held at the Cervantes Institute of Utrecht, was unexpectedly cancelled due, again, to maneuvers from the Spanish Embassy.

    At the European Parliament in Brussels in January, the head of the Spanish Conservative People’s Party (PP) group, Esteban González Pons, asked his European colleagues not to attend the speech of Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, Catalan Vice President, Oriol Junqueras, and Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva. The Swedish European Member of Parliament, Bodil Valero, from the Greens, lamented this attempt from the Spanish People’s Party to influence the rest of the parliamentarians’ agenda. During the September 27 election campaign, the European Commission published a clearly manipulated answer from its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, on the consequences of Catalan independence within the EU. They later attributed the manipulation to "human error". In the original text, in English, he did not refer to Catalonia, while the Spanish version talked about Catalonia's expulsion from the EU and the unconstitutionality of independence. - Spanish diplomacy warned French journalist against moderating an ...Catalan News Agency
     
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    Irish parliament to a create a cross-party group on Catalonia

    May - 22 -2017


    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Following the path of the United Kingdom, Finland, Switzerland and Estonia

    Ireland’s ‘Houses of the Oireachtas’ will create a friendship group on Catalonia in order to get a deeper understanding of its political situation, as well as enhancing trade relationships and promoting cultural exchange. The initiative gathers together members of the Irish Assembly and the Senate representing Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and Sinn Féin, the main parties in the bicameral parliament.

    Thus, Ireland is following the example of other countries such as the United Kingdom, Finland, Switzerland, and Estonia, who also have discussion groups on Catalonia. Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, will travel to Dublin on Wednesday to attend the presentation of the cross-party group and explain Catalonia’s referendum roadmap to the participants.

    One of the ‘Oireachtas Friends of Catalonia’ group’s main goals is to obtain first-hand information about Catalonia’s political situation, especially regarding the Catalan executive’s aim to hold a referendum on independence as well as the current relationship with their Spanish counterparts. Thus, Romeva will explain and respond to participants’ doubts regarding the referendum roadmap, along with the Catalan executive’s willingness to explain the process to the international audience.

    Trade exchanges

    However, the group is also set to promote the trade relationship between Catalonia and Ireland. Indeed, Catalonia accounts for 24% of Spanish exports to Ireland and there are more than 500 Catalan companies which export to Ireland on a regular basis. Moreover, Catalan flagship companies such as pharmaceutical Grífols, energy company Gas Natural, and Insurance firm Catalana Occident, to name a few, are present in Ireland.
    The ‘Oireachtas Friends of Catalonia’ group also aims to promote Catalan culture and language in Ireland, as well as enhancing the number of centers which offer Catalan studies (currently two): the University of Cork and the National University of Ireland, in Dublin.

    Groups in several European parliaments

    This initiative from the Irish parliament proves that Catalonia’s political process is generating interest across Europe. Last April, MPs from the Estonian Centre Party and the Social Democratic Party created a parliamentary group to have a closer look at Catalonia’s political process and its pro-independence demands.

    In July, a group of Swiss MPs from the main political parties in the Federal Assembly also created a friendship group with Catalonia. The group had been launched by MPs from the Socialist Party (PS), the Christian-democrats (PDC), the Liberal Party (PLR), and the Swiss People’s Party (Union Democrátique du Centre, in French).

    In October, Romeva was invited to give a speech in the Finnish Parliament and officially present the friendship group with Catalonia created in the Chamber by Finnish MPs from seven different parties. “It proves that the neighboring countries want to have direct access to Catalan sources” and “get ready for what might happen in the upcoming month,” he told the CNA at the time.

    More recently, MPs and Lords from all the parties launched an APPG on Catalonia at Westminster Parliament. “This is what we would like other parliaments to do,” said Romeva and lamented that there is no similar predisposition in Spain’s Congreso de los Diputados. “Sometimes, there is more interest in discussing the Catalan question here than in Spain,” he added. According to Romeva, the cross-party nature of the APPG proves that the Catalan question “is about democracy” and therefore should “concern all those who believe in democratic principles”.

    The group covers almost the entire political spectrum in the United Kingdom, from the Conservatives, to Labour, including Lib-dems, representatives from the Scottish National Party (SNP), the Welsh Plaid Cymru, the Irish Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and independent MPs. - Irish parliament to a create a cross-party group on Catalonia ...
     
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    Splits in Catalonia's pro-independence campaign before key vote

    Divisions have emerged within Catalonia’s pro-sovereignty movement after a minister in the regional government was sacked for suggesting that this autumn’s independence referendum would probably not go ahead because of fierce opposition from the Spanish government.

    A binding vote on 1 October was announced last month by the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, with voters to be asked: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent country in the form of a republic?”

    The conservative government of Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has vowed to use all the means at its disposal to stop the referendum from taking place, arguing that it would be a clear violation of the country’s constitution.

    A survey last weekend for the Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia showed that 42.5% of those polled favoured independence to 37.6 who opposed it.

    But hidden in the numbers is a good deal of scepticism. Only 54% said they would vote in the unilateral referendum and just 12% think it will eventually lead to separation. However, a large majority, 62%, believe the Spanish government should allow the referendum in the same way that the UK government allowed the Scottish independence vote in 2014.

    More than 80% of participants opted for independence in the symbolic poll three years ago, although only 2.3 million of Catalonia’s 5.4 million eligible voters took part. - Spain threatens to cut funds for Catalonia over referendum plan


    Gosh! Independence was inevitable not so long ago..
     
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    Seán Crowe TD speaking in the Dáil on the Catalan independence referendum

    "When elected officials are detained and ballot boxes seized, we must speak out." - Seán Crowe
     
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    Plaid Cymru Supports Catalan Right to Self-Determination

    Simon Thomas AC yn gofyn i Lywodraeth Lafur Cymru am ddatganiad yn cefnogi hawl Catalwnia i hunan-benderfyniad.

    Simon Thomas AM calls on the Labour Welsh Government to issue a statement in support of Catalunya's right to self-determination.
     
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    Nicola Sturgeon backs Catalonia’s right to hold a referendum

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    Nicola Sturgeon has backed Catalonia’s right to hold a referendum on independence, saying she is concerned about attempts to stop the vote.

    Scotland’s First Minister called for dialogue between the governments of Catalonia and Spain over the planned October 1 vote, which the Spanish government has declared illegal. - Nicola Sturgeon backs Catalan referendum calls - BBC News
     
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    Madrid levels sedition charges against Catalan activists

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    Protesters gather outside the Catalan region’s economy ministry building in Barcelona on Thursday after a raid by Spanish police on government departments

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    Spanish prosecutors on Friday levelled charges of sedition against activists campaigning for Catalan independence after a week of rapidly escalating tensions in which Madrid sought to crush next weekend’s referendum on secession.

    The action was brought against the leaders of two pro-independence groups that held noisy protests in Barcelona after armed Spanish police raided Catalan regional government offices earlier in the week and arrested a dozen senior officials accused of organising the vote on October 1. - Madrid levels sedition charges against Catalan activists
     
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    Such a contrast to the almost unanimous support given to Kosovo and Kiev!
     
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    They seem to be determined to prevent an election at all costs. If it does go ahead, I think the fear factor could sway the undecided against Independence. If it does go ahead and the Yes side win, it's anyone's guess how it will pan out.
     
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    The EU will have to do a "bail in" of spanish banks.

    Catalonia punches well above it's weight in the tax take.

    Spain is already in a precarious economic position.

    I think they are keeping schtum until the German election is in the bag for Merkel

    Then the EU will start it's back channel campaign to undermine Catalonia's aspirations.

    Might even be some "terrorist" and other provocateur activity to discredit them followed by media attacks etc
     
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    The images coming out of Spain today dont put the Spanish Government in a great light. Seeing riot Police confronting peaceful civilians isn't a good look.

     
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    Spain is fighting to keeps its country together, of course, they may have to use heavy-handed tactics.

    The Catalonians are holding an illegal referendum that threatens to put Spain into civil war, they should be doing everything they can to stop this.
     
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    Police entering into a school to interrupt the vote
     
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