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Either Democracy or Democracy

Oriol Junqueras's picture

There are just two alternatives for Catalonia: either democracy or democracy. While all of the Spanish State's shameful secrets come to light little by little, with a huge scandal played by the Minister of the Interior on center stage, they've started recommending that we invest privately because the social security system is teetering; meanwhile, they're setting the stage to delay retirement age while they rapidly drain the reserve retirement funds. And they're not spending it on hospitals and schools.

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Democracy must be defended everywhere

George Kerevan's picture

Democracy is indivisible in Europe and must be defended everywhere. That is why members of the UK Parliament, from four political parties, have signed a motion in solidarity with the President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, criticising her prosecution by Spanish authorities for allowing a debate on an independence referendum in Catalonia. Our motion, supported by SNP, Labour, Welsh and Northern Ireland MPs, calls on the Madrid government to reconsider Ms Forcadell’s prosecution and instead seek a democratic dialogue with Catalan representatives.

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Spanish Government doesn't respect Franco's victims

Josep Cruanyes's picture

76 years ago, in 1939, Franco’s troops occupied Catalonia and carried out a massive requisition of documents of the Catalan Government and Parliament, political parties, trade unions, civil society organisations and citizens. The goal was to obtain information about people’s names and ideologies in order to carry out the large-scale political repression that followed. It was an operation oriented and inspired by the Nazi regime’s policies.

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Now is time for democracy

Muriel Casals's picture

Today, the National Day of Catalonia, we will live through a new historic day of citizen mobilisation to demand our right to decide. Thousands of Catalans will express our firm will to go to the polls on the coming November the 9th via a huge human mosaic in the heart of Barcelona. A unique and spectacular image that will display to the world our determination to vote.

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Catalonia: the conflict is democratic, not nationalistic

Eduardo Reyes's picture

In the last five years we have seen that the pro-independence movement in Catalonia, one of the most productive regions of Spain, has grown in a significant way. Some claim to see this as a sign of a lack of solidarity or of nationalistic selfishness, not understanding the real reasons which have brought us to this situation.

Catalonia has always led democratic reforms in Spain, and has contributed in a big way to solidarity with the rest of Spain's regions with its efforts. However, in 2010, after the verdict of the Constitutional Court against our self-government, it became evident that it was impossible to continue progressing towards a quasi-federal model within the current Spain

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Catalonia's and Barcelona's role within the new UfM

Enric Olivé's picture

The role of Catalonia and Barcelona within the new political landscape of the Union for the Mediterranean

At the present time, nobody doubts anymore that peace and global stability have their Achilles’ heel in the situation in the Mediterranean. What happens in Palestine-Israel, the Maghreb or Mashrek; between Islam and the Muslim world and West-United States of America, has an influence on Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. We could say indeed that peace begins and ends on the shores of the Mediterranean.

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A new dawn for the Mediterranean

Jordi Vaquer's picture

The Arab democratic spring: a new dawn for the Mediterranean

 

It is a little known fact that Barcelona sits about the same distance from Algiers than from Madrid. The Arab revolts are big news for the world and bigger news for Europe, and they might become a defining moment for southern Europe and the Mediterranean project.  

The close links between southern European countries and their neighbours across the sea had their darkest side exposed by the Arab upheavals: the scandalous holidays of France’s elite at the expense of their corrupt hosts, Malta and Italy’s business dependence on the murderous Gaddafi family, Spain’s uncritical alignment with the Moroccan regime, all have been revealed to a great extent by the events of winter 2011.

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Power alternation experiences

Albert Caramés's picture

In Autumn 2010, Catalonia experienced an alternation in Government after the regional election on the 28th of November. The results saw Catalan citizens make a decision to alter the power and install a new Cabinet. The transition was made, as agreed in all the statements, and was based on a model way in order to preserve the decision of the citizenship and the enhancement of the institutions.

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Pending transitions

Ignasi Centelles's picture

Even if the Spanish transition to democracy has been considered a successful example of a peaceful and consensual road towards a democratic regime for a long time, its actual development is somehow proof that there is still a lot of work to be done. In Madrid in 1975, the elites in power agreed to make the necessary steps forward towards democratisation after the dictator’s death. The process was conditioned to a high degree of tolerance towards fascist institutions, administration structure, the State and amnesty for those ruling Franco’s regime.

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