Luis Moreno

Catalonia: The end of the independence road?

With the Spanish government now implementing direct rule of Catalonia from Madrid, despite the Catalan parliament making a declaration of independence, what lies ahead for both Catalonia and Spain? Luis Moreno explains that the results of the new Catalan elections that have been proposed for 21 December could be key to determining the outcome of the crisis, but other […]

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    What Catalonia’s suspended declaration of independence means for Catalonia and Spain

What Catalonia’s suspended declaration of independence means for Catalonia and Spain

Catalonia’s President, Carles Puigdemont, has proposed a suspended declaration of independence to allow negotiations to be pursued between Catalonia and Spain. Luis Moreno argues that there are several ways to read Puigdemont’s position and it is impossible to make a clear prediction about where Catalonia is now headed. However, the situation opens up an opportunity for those parties that […]

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Experts react: Catalan elections

Catalonia held elections on 27 September, with the poll being framed by several parties as a de facto vote on Catalan independence. The final result produced a majority of seats in the Catalan Parliament for pro-independence parties, with these parties securing 47.8 per cent of the votes cast. We asked some of EUROPP’s contributors for their reaction to the […]

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    The ‘ages of welfare’: why Europe’s welfare states are at risk of terminal decline

The ‘ages of welfare’: why Europe’s welfare states are at risk of terminal decline

Has the financial crisis fundamentally weakened Europe’s welfare states? Luis Moreno assesses the development of welfare states in Europe in the post-war period. He writes that three distinct ‘ages’ of welfare can be identified: a ‘Golden Age’ which ended in the mid-1970s, a ‘Silver Age’ which ran from the 1970s until the financial crisis, and a ‘Bronze Age’ in […]

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    An increase in those in Catalonia with an exclusive Catalan identity has strengthened claims for secession from Spain

An increase in those in Catalonia with an exclusive Catalan identity has strengthened claims for secession from Spain

The Spanish and Catalan governments have been engaged in a dispute over a proposal to hold a referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain on 9 November. Luis Moreno writes on the social attitudes underpinning the debate in Catalonia. He notes that against the backdrop of the financial crisis and the opposition of the central Spanish authorities to holding a […]

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    Scotland’s support for EU membership could be a defining factor in the campaign for Scottish independence

Scotland’s support for EU membership could be a defining factor in the campaign for Scottish independence

Scotland is due to hold a referendum on independence from the UK on 18 September. Luis Moreno writes on the European dimension to the referendum, noting that Scotland has a more pro-EU outlook than the rest of the country. He argues that the issue of the EU may not only have an impact on the Scottish campaign, but that […]

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    The Catalan independence movement has been more ‘emotionally’ driven than its Scottish equivalent

The Catalan independence movement has been more ‘emotionally’ driven than its Scottish equivalent

Scotland is due to hold an independence referendum in September 2014, while independence supporters in Catalonia recently held a mass demonstration in favour of the territory’s independence from Spain. Luis Moreno compares the two independence movements, noting that while the Scottish referendum campaign has been dominated by practical issues such as the economic impact of independence, the Catalonian debate has […]

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