• Madrid admits independence process has no impact on foreign investment in Catalonia

    Madrid admits independence process has no impact on foreign investment in Catalonia

    ARA - Spain’s Deputy Trade Minister, María Luisa Poncela, also acknowledged that being the country’s capital gives Madrid an edge, but stated that “there are no deviations”

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  • Puigdemont at Harvard: “Our struggle is a reflection of the fight for American civil rights”

    Puigdemont at Harvard: “Our struggle is a reflection of the fight for American civil rights”

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Catalan president says that "putting out a ballot box has been a cause of political debarment" in Catalonia

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  • ERC admits having “few expectations” regarding Rajoy’s promises

    ERC admits having “few expectations” regarding Rajoy’s promises

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - The long-awaited Mediterranean Railway Corridor, central issue

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  • The Mediterranean Railway Corridor, a key and long-awaited infrastructure

    The Mediterranean Railway Corridor, a key and long-awaited infrastructure

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - The delays in the construction of the Corridor are affecting private investment

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  • Catalan government assigns team of top officials to prepare referendum

    Catalan government assigns team of top officials to prepare referendum

    ARA - The Catalan executive opens the first contract to supply envelopes and ballot slips for bidding

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  • “Unacceptable” says Catalan President about Spain’s use of favors to force international opposition

    “Unacceptable” says Catalan President about Spain’s use of favors to force international opposition

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Former Spanish FA Minister confirmed Catalan Government’s claims

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  • Mas former right hand man also banned from public office over independence vote

    Mas former right hand man also banned from public office over independence vote

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - He has been banned for 13 months and fined 30.000 euros

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  • Margallo affirms that Spain owes favours to other countries for secret agreements against Catalonia

    Margallo affirms that Spain owes favours to other countries for secret agreements against Catalonia

    VILAWEB - The former Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs says that there were secret negotiations and "no one knows the favours we owe to a lot of people for making the declarations they made"

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  • Fined 601 euros for speaking in Catalan to Spanish police at Barcelona El Prat airport

    Fined 601 euros for speaking in Catalan to Spanish police at Barcelona El Prat airport

    VILAWEB - He has been fined for an offence of disobedience to authority

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  • Supreme Court bars Francesc Homs from office for 13 months over 9-N

    Supreme Court bars Francesc Homs from office for 13 months over 9-N

    ARA - Homs joins Mas, Ortega and Rigau in being acquitted of neglect of duty

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Catalan history in 15 episodes

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“The will of the people has to be respected. Why not do the same in Catalonia as in Scotland?” 16.02.16

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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