May 2014

Catalonia will vote

Josep-Maria Terricabras's picture

We have many problems in Catalonia. Among others: high unemployment rates, social exclusion and few opportunities for our youngsters. Catalan citizens have mobilised themselves strongly to look for solutions from different ideological stances. The greater part of Catalan society has organised itself in order to allow us to decide on our future as a country by voting. We want to decide whether we want to become an independent State. We want to vote to provide ourselves with the necessary tools to govern ourselves and solve our own problems.

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The European Union, a necessity

Javier Nart's picture

Without any doubt, what decides our participation in the European Parliament elections is our clear pro-Europe vocation. At C's we think that the European Union is a necessity, a political project that has stalled today but that needs to be reactivated and stimulated, because in the globalisation era only a united Europe will be able to continue being economically, politically and socially relevant. Divided, by 2050 not even Germany would be in the G20.

We think that a European project that guarantees its Member State citizens peace, democracy, economic prosperity and social welfare is a capital asset that is too valuable to be abandoned or to be put in the hands of Euro-sceptics and anti-Europeans.

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Catalonia's process: an opportunity for the EU

Ramon Tremosa's picture

On 8 April, the Spanish Congress rejected a bill that would have transferred the authority to call a referendum on self-determination to the Catalan regional parliament. Contrary to the constructive attitude of UK Prime Minister David Cameron towards Scotland, the attitude of Spanish political forces continues to be a 'no' to everything.

Unfortunately, Madrid doesn't seem to understand the Catalan desire for freedom and to be able to choose our own path. It is not just a caprice; it is a deep rooted and growing sentiment across Catalan society.

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The Future is what is at stake

Santi Fisas's picture

The next European Parliament elections, to be held on the 25th of May, are essential. We will decide the position we want Spain to occupy in Europe, and the Europe we want for Spain. This 25th of May recovery is what is at stake, because Spain cannot go back to the bailout and budget cut threats. People can prioritise continuing on the growth path or having the PSOE's policies back, those who hid the crisis, who ruined Spain and who put the country to the edge of bankruptcy and bailouts.

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For our rights and dignity as citizens

Ernest Urtasun's picture

From Catalonia, a small nation in southern Europe integrated within the Spanish State, and from ICV-EUiA, a Green Left political party, we are running in these elections with one central idea: to put an end to the neo-liberal policies that are damaging the dream of a prosperous and socially fair Europe.

In the face of the democratic hijack of European institutions by financial power that ended in deregulation and a dismantling of the Welfare State, it is absolutely necessary to reclaim Europe for its citizens, and to reassert the sovereignty of the people in the process of building Europe. Without democracy there is no progress.

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Recover the European dream

Javi López's picture

The upcoming European elections will define the direction of the continent for years to come. Citizens from Barcelona to Bucharest have the chance to vote for business as usual or for a change in direction.

Europe is currently governed by conservative technocrats. They have prescribed a combination of austerity (cuts to public services) and internal devaluation (cuts to wages) that have led to a significant increase in poverty and unemployment, especially against young people. Inequality has increased between the rich and the poor, between the old and the young, and between the north and the south. Citizens across the union are understandably upset, not just at what decisions have been made, but also how they have been made.

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