Posts tagged ‘catalonia’

June 6, 2014

“Saving Spain From Catalan Split Is Felipe VI’s First Task”

  I think the first thing he will do is trying to convince people he is a democrat that has nothing to do with General Franco, like his father did nearly fourty years ago. And then, living la vida loca with our taxes! Nobody believes this guy is gonna move a finger for democracy in Catalonia

Americans For Catalonia

To this article we say: Letting Catalans Choose Their Own Destiny is Felipe VI’s First Task

Article published at: Bloomberg BusinessWeek – June 3rd.

Among the new Spanish monarch’s most pressing challenges will be holding his kingdom together.

Crown Prince Felipe, 46, who will become Felipe VI after his father Juan Carlos completes the abdication process set in train yesterday, takes the throne just as 7.6 million of his subjects in the region of Catalonia – the first contributor to Spain’s gross domestic product – prepare for a vote on independence this year. Polls suggest the result hangs in the balance.

“The prince needs to talk of integration,” Jose Antonio Gomez Yanez, a professor at the Carlos III university in Madrid, said in a telephone interview. “He has been trying but so far his message hasn’t had much resonance — his position has been secondary to the king’s.”

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June 5, 2014

Catalan leader Pujol defends shift in favour of independence

That’s what he should have done when he was in the Government, not supporting the Spanish regime

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Article published at Global Post – June 1st.

Jordi Pujol, long-time former President of Catalonia: “I’ve always been anti-independence, for 60 or more years of my life. And now at the end of it all I see that the conditions in which they want us to live in the Spanish state do not allow us to maintain our identity.” 

For decades Jordi Pujol was the foremost champion of Catalan nationalism, who boosted the powers of the region even as he argued it should remain a part of Spain.

Now the former head of the regional government of Catalonia campaigns vigorously for outright independence, mirroring a shift in mood in the northeastern region of Spain.

“I’ve always been anti-independence, for 60 or more years of my life. And now at the end of it all I see that the conditions in which they want us to live in the Spanish state…

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May 26, 2014

Pro-independence parties win european elections in Catalonia

   ERC, the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party which has been leading the democratic transition in Catalunya from Spain to democracy, won yesterday the european election in Catalunya. The pro-independence party doubled their last results and it’s again, since 1936, the first political force in the country. ERC leaders have declared that this should be interpreted as support for a democratic vote on self-determination and proof of the pro-European will of the majority of Catalans, with EU membership for an independent Catalonia in mind. These results also mean that the poll that will be celebrated next November is a necessary step for Catalan transition to democracy,because despite the several menaces from the Spanish regime,people in Catalonia want to decide theit future in peace. While Spanish nationalists parties have lost thousands of votes in Catalonia, the parties who actively support the democratic transition to make Catalunya another european state have clearly won this election. Citizens were mobilised and have significantly increased the low 36.94% turnout registered in 2009.

Catalan people say it loud and clear: “Catalunya don’t fear spanish menaces”

   The EU membership of Catalonia after the creation of a free catalan state has become the decisive argument that could stop the growth of independence support. The European Commission has sent contradictory messages in the past two years regarding the independence of Catalonia, the Basque Country or Scotland, their right to hold a vote on self-determination and their potential EU Membership, but the truth is that  several EU experts have stated that an automatic expulsion of any new state born inside an already european member would be a political decision rather than a legal one. Therefore, EU institutions, by siding with the Spanish Government and not supporting Catalonia’s right to self-determination, have taken sides on the issue, thereby making independence an EU topic.

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Spanish nationalists have used fear and hate as an electoral weapon, accusing supporters of Catalan independence of “creating tension” and “hate”, despite the self-determination movement in Catalonia being entirely peaceful. The PP has been insisting on this for some months already, in a clear strategy to link Catalan independence and violence.

February 5, 2014

Rajoy insists: “Catalonia is not allowed to vote”

  Rajoy reiterated that, as Prime Minister of the Government of Spain, he guarantees “the poll will not take place – that is beyond discussion and not up for negotiation”.

  Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, already under pressure from his European counterparts to clean up Spain’s banks and public finances,reiterated today that his position with respect to the sovereignty debate is clear and allows no nuances, and he warned the Catalan institutions that it’s impossible to negotiate when they are out of the Spanish laws. The will not be any democratic referendum in Catalonia because the Spanish laws don’t allow it, end of story.

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 “I am going to focus my efforts to ensure that the people of Catalonia, who have always formed a fundamental and much-loved part of Spain, are not harmed by the consequences of that initiative”, Rajoy said. Rajoy concluded his speech by calling for responsibility from the President of the Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas, and appealing to the political commitment assumed by him not to violate the laws of the Kingdom of Spain.In response to questions from the media, Rajoy said that he and the leader of the Spanish opposition party are in full agreement on the Catalonia issue.

“Spain is not UK; and Catalonia is not Scotland”:
With respect to Scotland, Rajoy referred to a report from the British government on the matter and warned that Scotland will not be a part of ‘the EU, the United Nations, nor any of the international treaties to which it was a party as a member of the United Kingdom’. In addition, according to Rajoy, in the event that they choose to use the euro, they would also be excluded, and thus would not have the protection of the European Central Bank, and would suffer the economic consequences. ‘That is fact, not opinion,’ he said.

January 17, 2014

Why does Catalonia want to become independent?

Since catalans have the right to vote, catalan nationalist parties have always won every election, but nearly fourty years after the death of Franco, Catalonia is still occupied by the Spanish regime, which denies any kind of democratic solution to the conflict.

January 11, 2014

Spain threatens Catalonia: there won’t be any democratic referendum like in Scotland

 Catalonia will hold a referendum on independence next November, its president recently announced, setting it on a collision course with the oficial regime in Madrid which has vowed to block it. Catalan democratic parties in the northeastern region finally agreed the wording of the plebiscite which will be held on November 9, 2014. Artur Mas, President of Catalonia, said two questions will be asked: “Do you want Catalonia to be a state?” and “Do you want that state to be independent?” demonstrator-jaume-sant

   But Spain’s justice minister was quick to insist that no such vote would be allowed to take place because it would violate the Spanish constitution and many Spanish laws. People in Scotland will have the right to decide if they want to keep their actual british status or they don’t, but people in Catalonia will no see any democratic solution to the Catalonia/Spain conflict because Spanish laws don’t allow it. Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said “the poll will not be held,” minutes after Mr Mas announced that an agreement had been reached among all democratic parties for the wording and date of the referendum.

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The Catalan independence movement has gained strength as Spain became mired in economic crisis with many in the traditionally wealthy region smarting at austerity measures imposed by the regime sited Madrid.

September 13, 2012

A mature reflection on Catalonia independence by Xabel Vegas

   Asturian musician Xabel Vegas writes today in his personal blog a very weighted reflection about the future of Catalonia in Europe without the Spanish imposition. Just click in his picture to read it.(text is written in spanish).

September 12, 2012

Nearly 2 million people demonstrated in Barcelona for democracy and independence in Catalonia

“just over my corpse”

   “Catalonia will be the next state in Europe” was the slogan of the demonstration. Some Spanish soldiers have already threatened to the democracy in Catalonia, as Colonel Alaman, who said he would only let Catalonia be independent, literally, “over his corpse“. This is no Scotland(UK) or Quebec(Canada) where everybody can make a referendum. This is Spain, where everybody remains spaniard until they die (except the people from Venezuela, Netherlands, Cuba, Philippines, Gibraltar, Colombia, Portugal, Chile, Puerto Rico, Andorra, Guinea, Mexico, Ecuador  etc etc..they all managed to defeat the Spanish Regime and be free..will Catalonia be next?)