• Independence referendum details to be unveiled on July 4

    Independence referendum details to be unveiled on July 4

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The government will visit more than 200 towns to inform that the legal framework safeguards all the democratic guarantees as well as the legal safety of all people involved in the vote

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  • Spain’s Constitutional Court bans Romeva’s chancellery from using ‘Foreign Affairs’ title

    Spain’s Constitutional Court bans Romeva’s chancellery from using ‘Foreign Affairs’ title

    ARA – The Spanish court rules that it could be "mistaken" with Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Catalan government had already changed the office’s original title to the Ministry of Transparency and Foreign and Institutional Relations and Affairs

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  • Catalan police exclusion from Europol ‘can compromise’ European security, warns Eurocop

    Catalan police exclusion from Europol ‘can compromise’ European security, warns Eurocop

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Eurocop's President says that agents "do not understand" why the Catalan police is treated differently when it comes to accessing Europol information

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  • First Civil War mass grave exhumed in Catalan government initiative

    First Civil War mass grave exhumed in Catalan government initiative

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The Catalan government’s 2017-2018 mass grave plan contemplates the exhumation and the genetic identification of the victims

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  • Constitutional Court rules against ‘Foreign Affairs’ designation of Catalan ministry but endorses external action

    Constitutional Court rules against ‘Foreign Affairs’ designation of Catalan ministry but endorses external action

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The designation is no longer used because the Catalan government had already changed the name of the ministry so as to avoid the conflict with Madrid

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  • Romeva tells consular corps: “It’s impossible until someone does it”

    Romeva tells consular corps: “It’s impossible until someone does it”

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - The statement was made in the Priorat region, whose landscape is a candidate to be designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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  • Ministers urge Spanish government to help Catalonia host refugees

    Ministers urge Spanish government to help Catalonia host refugees

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The Catalan initiative comes less than 100 days before the expiration of the UE deadline for the relocation of migrants

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  • Local Socialist leader says Catalonia ‘has no right to self-determination’

    Local Socialist leader says Catalonia ‘has no right to self-determination’

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – Although she declared that Catalonia is "undoubtedly" a nation

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  • Court admits case against Catalan minister for ballot box purchase

    Court admits case against Catalan minister for ballot box purchase

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The decision comes after the prosecution of the Catalan Parliament President Carme Forcadell and former Catalan President Artur Mas, who was banned from office for organizing a symbolic vote on independence in 2014

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  • Spain excludes Catalan police from Europol while granting access to Basques

    Spain excludes Catalan police from Europol while granting access to Basques

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - No bilateral meetings have been held since 2009, although the Catalan government has requested them since then

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About Catalonia

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Catalan history in 15 episodes

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Between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees

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Who says what?

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

Two time Latvian president

“It’s the human point of view of the identity of people and how they identify with a nation state. If at some point they feel that the central government does not represent their interests and that they have an identity that they want to defend, according to the principle of self-determination, one should allow for a referendum because a referendum is an expression of people’s choice and people’s opinion.” 23.02.14

Timeline

  • 31 October 2003

    After 25 years of unsatisfactory interpretations of the 1979 Statute and a continued failure to implement it properly, Catalan political parties propose to set out definitively the political status of Catalonia within Spain.

  • 16 November 2003

    Parties supporting a new Statute of Autonomy obtain 88% of seats and the popular vote in the Catalan elections.

  • 30 September 2005

    The Parliament of Catalonia passes its proposal for a new Statute of Autonomy.

  • 1 February 2006

    The Spanish People’s Party starts a campaign against the new Catalan Statute.

  • 10 May 2006

    The Spanish Parliament approves a watered-down version of the Statute.

  • 18 June 2006

    The resulting Statute is ratified by the people of Catalonia via a referendum.

  • 28 June 2010

    Almost four years after it became law, the Spanish Constitutional Court rewrites 14 articles of the Catalan Statute and reinterprets 27 others.

  • 10 July 2010

    As a response to the Court’s sentence, a huge protest under the slogan ‘We are a nation. We decide!’ is organized.

  • 20 November 2011

    General elections in Spain result in a new absolute majority for the People’s Party.

  • 11 September 2012

    On Catalonia’s National Day, 1.5 million people attend a demonstration in Barcelona with ‘Catalonia: Next State in Europe’ as its slogan.

  • 20 September 2012

    Another “No” from Madrid.

  • 25 November 2012

    Elections are held in Catalonia. The result is that 80% of MPs in the new Parliament of Catalonia support the right to self-determination.

  • 13 March 2013

    A vast majority (77%) of the Catalan Parliament requests the Catalan President to start negotiations with the Spanish Government so as to hold a self-determination referendum in Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2013

    About 2 million Catalans hold hands to form a human chain covering 400 km from the north to the south of Catalonia calling for independence.

  • 16 January 2014

    The Parliament of Catalonia makes a formal petition asking the Spanish Government to transfer the necessary powers to hold the referendum (as Westminster did with Scotland).

  • 8 April 2014

    The Spanish Parliament votes against transferring referendum powers to Catalonia.

  • 11 September 2014

    1.8 million people take to the streets of Barcelona to celebrate Catalonia’s National Day and ask to vote on 9 November.

  • 19 September 2014

    The Catalan Parliament approves the Law on Non-Binding Popular Consultations with 79% of MPs in favour.

  • 27 September 2014

    The President of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signs the decree calling a popular consultation on 9 November.

  • 29 September 2014

    The Spanish Government urges the Constitutional Court to temporarily suspend Catalonia’s popular consultation.

  • 4 October 2014

    97% of the municipalities of Catalonia (920 out of 947) pass motions in favour of the popular consultation.

  • 14 October 2014

    Due to the Constitutional Court’s suspension of the scheduled consultation, President Mas announces a new vote through a ‘public participatory process’.

  • 4 November 2014

    The Spanish Constitutional Court suspends the public participatory process five days before the date of the event.

  • 9 November 2014

    Despite the impediments of the Spanish government and the state’s judicial bodies, over 2.3 million Catalans vote in the participatory process: 80.76% vote for independence, 4.54% for the status quo and 10.07% for a “devo-max” or “third way solution”.

  • 12 November 2014

    Three days after the 9 November informal vote, Spanish PM Rajoy makes an official statement on the subject. He says that “it was not a democratic vote, but an act of political propaganda and a useless farce”.

  • 21 November 2014

    The Spanish State Prosecutor files a complaint and seeks criminal charges against President Mas, as well as the Catalan Vice-President and the Minister of Education, because they “did not prevent” the 9 November vote.

  • 25 November 2014

    President Artur Mas defends the right of the Catalan people to hold a legally-binding vote on independence.

  • 29 November 2014

    Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy visits Barcelona for the first time since the 9 November vote and strongly criticizes Catalonia’s self-determination plans in a People’s Party meeting.

  • 14 January 2015

    Catalonia will have a de facto independence referendum via early elections on 27 September.

  • 3 August 2015

    Catalan President officially calls elections for 27 September.

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