self-determination

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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Alternative left wins Barcelona, Catalonia faces political changes

Marc Sanjaume's picture

The results of the local elections in Catalonia could be a turning point for Catalan politics with some important implications. The local elections occurred in a context of polarisation over the Catalan self-determination process, with Catalan elections on the horizon (unofficially called for the next September 27th), but also in one of indignation against the ruling parties in Madrid and Barcelona due to the effects of the economic crisis and austerity plans. The defeat in Barcelona of the ruling party CiU by Barcelona en Comú, a coalition of post-communists, social movements, and the new state-wide political force Podemos inspired by the Indignados Movement means a historical result for the alternative left that is now in position to rule the city and will probably need the support of the leftist secessionists of ERC and CUP.

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Is Catalonia’s bid a fad or a fixture?

Toni Strubell's picture

Just recently I have read about and been in contact with a number of English, American and European observers of the Catalan sovereignty issue who seem confused. They are not sure if they are faced by a momentary fad, fever or frenzy that time will “cure” or by a prospect of severe and lasting change. In some cases I have been able to politely suggest that the comfortable pro-independence majority in the Catalan Parliament might be indicative of quite a solid phenomenon, as are the seven or eight years of massive street marches which, incidentally, are showing no signs of flagging. Be it as it may, I think that some fresh on-the-spot views on the Catalan issue might be welcomed here and there.

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Some considerations on the EU membership of Catalonia

Francina Esteve's picture

Regarding the Catalan elections on the 27thof September, one of the issues that the different political parties, the media and the entire citizenry will debate, will be whether a hypothetical independent Catalonia would stay inside or outside the EU. The Advisory Council for the National Transition (CATN) has analysed this issue, knowing that, at that moment, a definitive answer cannot be given. That issue would need political negotiation and no decision would be automatic.

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Catalonia towards self-determination in Europe

Marc Sanjaume's picture

The results of the European elections in Catalonia have several diverse implications for Catalan politics at a key moment for the country. First of all, the left-wing independence ERC's historical victory (23.7%), ahead of the governing centre-right CiU (21.9%), consolidates the referendum on Catalonia's political future scheduled for 9th of November next, which does not have the Spanish Government's support at this moment. Parties in favour of Catalonia's right to self-determination, the ERC (23.7%), CiU (21.9%), Green Socialists ICV (10.3%) and the alternative left party Podemos (4.7%), has now reached 61% of the vote, with a majority of left-wing parties within this block. Moreover, the ERC's victory has been achieved by overtaking the CiU, the governing party in Catalonia, which can now ask the left-wing independence and republic supporters for a further engagement.

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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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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 Catalan Way towards independence

Carme Forcadell's picture

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) is a wide-reaching and inclusive civil society organisation that brings together people from the right, from the left and from the centre; people of various political parties, and people who have never been involved in politics. However, they all share the same wish that Catalonia will become a new state in Europe.

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The Gartner Hype Cycle of Catalan Independence

Liz Castro's picture

Ever since the unexpected results of the Parliamentary elections in November last year, there has been a decided change in the atmosphere around Catalan independence. Even though it was obvious that some Madrid exultations that the sovereignty question was over in November were clearly premature, it is also undeniable that the euphoria felt in Catalonia during the previous two months was dealt a severe blow, and which to date has only just begun to recover.

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Sant Jordi! (Saint George)

Anna Amigó and Jordi Juanós's picture

We are commemorating 300 years since the signing of the treaties of Utrecht, which left Catalonia's aspirations blatantly abandoned by its European allies. This is one of the meanest pages of the continent's modern history, failing to spare Catalans from deathly aftershocks.

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