September 2015

We will vote for democracy

Raül Romeva's picture

‘Junts Pel Sí’ (‘Together for Yes’) is an unprecedented electoral candidature for an unprecedented moment in Catalan politics. It brings together people with very different ideas but who share a common goal: obtaining the essential tools and mechanisms to ensure a better life for everyone in Catalonia. 

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Sense, our flag

Ramon Espadaler's picture

On the 27th of September next, the eleventh elections to the Catalan Parliament after the reestablishment of democracy in Spain are being held.

All the elections are important; however these are probably the most important in the recent history of this old European nation that is Catalonia. There is a candidacy that has set them up to be a ‘de facto’ plebiscite through which a result in favour of his own list implies following a roadmap that leads to a Unilateral Declaration of Independence.

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A true democratic lesson from the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom, as other important players of the international scene, has had to adopt a muted position with regards to the peaceful bottom-up movement that has been rising in Catalonia in the last few years. But nobody should deceive himself into believing the UK sanctions the way Spain has handled this issue. This silent neutrality is a necessary consequence of having to keep healthy diplomatic relations with Spain.

However, in a country of nations with an ancient democratic tradition such as the UK, people’s voices are not disregarded: they are listened to with sympathy.

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A valid interlocutor

Inés Arrimadas's picture

“Which is the difference between not having patience for anything and wasting your time?” wondered Pablo Neruda. I think there’s none. Because waiting for nothing to happen is the same as wasting time and that’s exactly what has happened in Catalonia during Mas’ and Republican Left of Catalonia’s management. Because separatism not only divides society in sides, but it makes us waste money, opportunities and a lot of time.

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Catalan self-determination process arrives in Washington DC

Andrew Davis's picture

It has been a busy start to the fall for Catalonia’s political process here in Washington DC. To the extent that one can write that sentence without it being an utter exaggeration is remarkable in and of itself and shows the extent to which Catalonia is now fully and squarely on the radar here.

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A way out of the mess

Miquel Iceta's picture

I am a candidate for the Presidency of Catalonia and for this reason I head an electoral list. I believe that when one aspires to the chief executive position of our country it should not be done in any other manner.

I want to work to find solutions to the problems of our citizens, not to increase the problems we have as a country.

In short, I want to find a way out of the mess – or as some like to call it, the process.

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A bid for reconciliation

Xavier García Albiol's picture

Catalonia is at a crossroads. In the next election, Catalans have the opportunity to choose between two paths. One is the path of those who say they will proclaim independence in two years. It’s a path disguised by epic tones but which can be very dangerous. The other path is that of the realistic reform that we want to lead. It has been hard for all of us to build the contemporary Spain that we have today, a space for plurality, liberty and progress. It has been hard to overcome the economic crisis.

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Political dialogue to honour EU’s democratic tradition

Amadeu Altafaj's picture

In recent years, Scotland and Catalonia have reactivated the debate on independentism and multilevel sovereignty in the EU. While London and Edinburgh showed last year how self-determination claims can be dealt with in a democratic, mutually agreed way, the Catalan case highlights the fragilities of a relatively young democracy which seems chronically unable to tackle some of its most critical challenges and shortcomings.

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The Eyes of the World Are Upon Us

Roger Albinyana's picture

Several days ago, the Parliament of Uruguay held a session of its International Affairs Commission to discuss the political events currently unfolding in Catalonia. I myself had the honor of leading the Catalan delegation and was able to observe first-hand the positive outcome of that meeting in which the Uruguayan legislators showed their support for the right to self-determination.

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