Montserrat Guibernau

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    Understanding Euroscepticism: How British hostility to the EU contrasts with opposition elsewhere in Europe

Understanding Euroscepticism: How British hostility to the EU contrasts with opposition elsewhere in Europe

The UK’s referendum on EU membership may well be one of the main stories of 2016, with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, recently suggesting that it could be held as early as the summer. Montserrat Guibernau writes on how we can conceive of Euroscepticism in both the UK and other EU countries. She writes that understanding Euroscepticism requires […]

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    Catalonia has taken the first step toward becoming a new nation in the EU

Catalonia has taken the first step toward becoming a new nation in the EU

What does the result of the Catalan elections on 27 September mean for the future of Catalonia and Spain? Montserrat Guibernau argues that the election result grants the legitimacy required for pro-independence parties to bring about a legally binding referendum on Catalan independence. Nevertheless she writes that the independence movement will face a number of challenges in implementing their […]

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    The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future

The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future

A non-binding consultation on Catalan independence was held on 9 November, with over 80 per cent of those voting indicating that they would like Catalonia to be independent. Montserrat Guibernau argues that while there is still some uncertainty over what the legal consequences of the vote will be, the people of Catalonia have made it clear that they should […]

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    Should Catalonia hold an independence referendum? Four responses from EUROPP contributors

Should Catalonia hold an independence referendum? Four responses from EUROPP contributors

A demonstration in support of Catalan independence from Spain was held on 11 September to coincide with the National Day of Catalonia. With no agreement between the Catalan and Spanish governments over whether a proposed referendum on independence should be held in November, we asked four of EUROPP’s contributors to give their views.

Francesc Trillas: “Catalonia should find a better […]

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Unless Catalan parties can work together, there is a danger that Catalonia could soon become ungovernable.

The issue of independence has received widespread attention in the aftermath of Sunday’s elections to the Catalan Parliament; however Catalonia is also facing significant economic problems. Montserrat Guibernau argues that pro-independence parties may be reluctant to enter into a coalition with the incumbent CiU due to the risk of being blamed for unpopular spending cuts. Nevertheless, the seriousness of the […]

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Calls for independence in Catalonia are part of an evolution of Spain’s democracy that the country’s constitution may have to come to accommodate.

Elections are due to be held in Catalonia in November, with President Artur Mas also promising to hold a referendum on Catalan self-determination. Montserrat Guibernau assesses the prospects for the referendum, noting that the Spanish constitution currently prevents any direct vote on the issue. Despite this, she asks whether the EU could ignore the results of such a referendum given […]

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The rise of secessionism in Catalonia has emerged out of the will to decide the region’s political destiny as a nation

Will Catalonia secede from Spain? Montserrat Guibernau explores why many Catalonians now hope that it might. She argues that Catalonia’s subsidization of less affluent regions, which leaves the region worse off, is a major root of discontent. With 23% unemployment (rising to 40% among young people), the deepening of the economic crisis is hitting Catalans hard. Resentment against the Spanish […]

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