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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Will an independent Catalonia join NATO?

Alex Calvo's picture

Catalonia's quest to recover independence has prompted governments world-wide to focus on two issues: the possibility of a Spanish default, and Catalan security and defence policies. Barcelona-based think-tank CIDOB held a round table on the 4th of June to discuss the latter. The day before, President Artur Mas had publicly confirmed in Parliament that Catalonia would be seeking direct membership in NATO, and the Military Studies Society (SEM) had published an unofficial white paper on defence budgets. After an introduction by one of the think tank's researchers, Marc Gafarot, in charge of the event, Barcelona University Professor F. Xavier Hernández Cardona and myself spoke.

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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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