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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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    With uncertainty over independence, Catalonia is set for its most significant National Day demonstration since Spain’s transition to democracy

With uncertainty over independence, Catalonia is set for its most significant National Day demonstration since Spain’s transition to democracy

The Catalan government has announced its intention to hold a referendum on declaring independence from Spain on 9 November. However, with the Spanish government opposing the referendum, it is unclear what form such a vote would take, or even if it will be held at all. Sebastian Balfour writes on the emergence of a proposal by the Catalan government […]

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    Podemos and the Spanish left risk alienating their own support base if they ally with independence movements in Catalonia

Podemos and the Spanish left risk alienating their own support base if they ally with independence movements in Catalonia

The Government of Catalonia has announced its intention to hold a referendum in November on whether to declare independence from Spain. Enric Martínez-Herrera and Thomas Jeffrey Miley write on the role of the financial crisis in the Catalan independence movement, and how parties on the Spanish left such as Podemos have positioned themselves in the debate. They argue that […]

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    The Pujol scandal might weaken the Catalan government, but it is unlikely to derail the campaign for Catalan independence

The Pujol scandal might weaken the Catalan government, but it is unlikely to derail the campaign for Catalan independence

Jordi Pujol, the former president of the Catalan government between 1980 and 2003, has faced a corruption scandal in recent months. Alejandro Quiroga writes on the potential impact the affair might have on the campaign for Catalonia’s independence from Spain. He argues that while the scandal may have undermined attempts to draw a distinction between corruption in the Spanish […]

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    The Spanish government must find a positive message for Catalonia if it is to reduce support for Catalan independence

The Spanish government must find a positive message for Catalonia if it is to reduce support for Catalan independence

In April, the Spanish parliament rejected a request by Catalan authorities to hold a referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain, which had been proposed for November this year. Diego Muro and Martijn Vlaskamp argue that the Spanish government requires a more positive message for the people of Catalonia if it is to reduce public support for independence.

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    Scotland and Catalonia would face very real challenges in making a seamless transition to EU membership after independence

Scotland and Catalonia would face very real challenges in making a seamless transition to EU membership after independence

Independence campaigners in both Scotland and Catalonia have advocated retaining their EU membership post-independence. Merijn Chamon and Guillaume Van der Loo assess the legal basis on which subnational entities could maintain EU membership after declaring independence. They write that while the EU treaties make no explicit reference to this situation, it would be difficult for a seamless transition to take […]

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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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