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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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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Independent Voices

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Many people in Scotland (or Alba as we call it in my language) are fascinated by the vigour of the independence movement in Catalunya and, if we were called upon to lay a bet on which country might achieve independence first, we would be hard-put to know where to place our money. Putting a million people on the streets of Barcelona last year was a phenomenal achievement, and certainly not one that could be copied (even at a smaller scale) in Scotland. If our country’s drive to independence seems to be lukewarm currently, there is more than just economic uncertainty to blame.

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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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The importance of medieval Catalonia to contemporary culture

Karen Stöber's picture

In an edition of the journal Sàpiens, readers were asked to choose the twelve greatest heroes in Catalan history. Interestingly, no fewer than five of the elected were medieval men (and a woman), among whom Jaume I (d.1276) and Ermessenda, countess of Barcelona (d.1058) were judged to be the greatest (and second greatest) of all Catalonia’s heroes, beating men like Francesc Macià and Antoni Gaudí into third and eleventh place respectively. Judging by this result, the medieval past of Catalonia still looms large in the popular conscience of the modern country.

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