Tag Archives: Catalan Independence

Sep 28 2017

An Explanation of the Current Political Situation in Catalonia

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By Javier Padilla and Luis Cornago Bonal In a recent post in The Guardian, the President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont accused the Spanish government of provoking the Catalan crisis by undermining “European values, civil rights, freedom of speech, freedom of … Continue reading

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Jun 14 2017

Does the Catalan Independence Movement Really ‘Love Democracy’?

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By Jose Javier Olivas On 9 June 2017, the Catalan government announced a self-determination referendum to be held on 1 October 2017. Two days later, next to a big banner with the slogan ‘Love Democracy’ and in front of 40,000 … Continue reading

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Sep 28 2015

A bitter victory for Catalan pro-independence nationalists

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By Jose Javier Olivas This time the polls got it right. The nationalist pro-independence coalition Junts pel Sí (‘Together for Yes’) won the elections. But arguably this has been a bitter victory. Their 62 seats are insufficient to rule the … Continue reading

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Sep 15 2014

Foreign Reactions to the referendum in Scotland

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By William Walker All eyes are on Scotland as the referendum nears. Governments, the media, financial institutions and hosts of groups and individuals are glued to the debate and wondering how it will end. Amidst concern there is fascination in … Continue reading

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Sep 11 2014

Is an independence referendum the appropriate political tool to address the Catalan problem?

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By Jose Javier Olivas The question whether Catalonia should be allowed to hold an independence referendum can be approached from different angles. In addition to important legal and procedural issues, the organisation of this referendum is highly problematic from both … Continue reading

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Jul 24 2014

The Spanish government has to engage constructively with a rising Catalan secessionist movement

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By Diego Muro and Martijn Vlaskamp The Catalan secessionist movement may fail in bringing about the political independence of Catalonia, but it has already succeeded at one thing: getting their supporters’ hopes up. Within the pro-independence campaign there are many … Continue reading

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Apr 22 2014

Language rights in Catalonia

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By Sonia Sierra and Mercè Vilarrubias Catalonia’s independence project has given rise to the most serious constitutional crisis Spain has seen in recent times. The Catalan regional government has called a referendum on independence on November 9 that has no … Continue reading

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Mar 11 2014

Catalan Separatism, a European Problem

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By Marcus Pučnik Both Catalonia and Scotland are looking towards a referendum on independence later this year, Scotland on September 18 and Catalonia on November 9.  If independent, they both would like to join the European Union, yet the official … Continue reading

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Dec 6 2013

On the “right to decide”

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By Sonia Sierra and Jose Javier Olivas As we have seen with regard to other dimensions of the Euro Crisis, the discussion about the Catalan independence in Spain has also brought to the fore an interesting struggle over the framing … Continue reading

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Nov 8 2013

Europe Says “No” to Artur Mas

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By Víctor Andrés Maldonado Diplomacy has its own codes. It is imperative to know these in detail to avoid being exposed to difficult situations and putting one’s credibility at risk when defending one’s interests. Apparently simple things, such as having … Continue reading

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