Catalonia voted on
1 October 2017

  • Attacks on journalists and Catalan police reported during anti-independence demonstrations

    Attacks on journalists and Catalan police reported during anti-independence demonstrations

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Incidents also include intimidation of transport workers and damage of TV station van and radio station front door

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  • ‘We can’t recognize the coup d’état against Catalonia,’ vice president Junqueras says

    ‘We can’t recognize the coup d’état against Catalonia,’ vice president Junqueras says

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - The Economy minister writes in an article that 'the president of the country is and will be Carles Puigdemont'

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  • 300,000 rally in Barcelona to reject the independence declaration

    300,000 rally in Barcelona to reject the independence declaration

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - ‘Puigdemont, to prison,’ among the chants heard in the demonstration

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  • Granting Puigdemont asylum ‘not unrealistic’, Belgian minister says

    Granting Puigdemont asylum ‘not unrealistic’, Belgian minister says

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Theo Francken questions that the Catalan president “would get a fair trial” in Spain

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  • Catalan police chief resigns following Madrid’s orders

    Catalan police chief resigns following Madrid’s orders

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Josep Lluís Trapero steps down and asks police officers to stay loyal to his successors

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  • Spanish vice president to lead attempt to impose direct rule over Catalonia

    Spanish vice president to lead attempt to impose direct rule over Catalonia

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Madrid orders the removal of the Catalan police chief Josep Lluís Trapero

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  • Catalan president calls people to “democratically oppose” Madrid takeover

    Catalan president calls people to “democratically oppose” Madrid takeover

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Puigdemont does not accept the Spanish government’s suspension of the Catalan government

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  • First international reactions to independence

    First international reactions to independence

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Germany, US and UK refuse to recognize the new Catalan Republic while Belgium calls for a "peaceful solution"

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  • Thousands take to the streets to celebrate independence declaration

    Thousands take to the streets to celebrate independence declaration

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - Some 6,000 independence supporters gathered in front of the Catalan government headquarters

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  • Rajoy dismisses full Catalan cabinet and calls elections for December 21

    Rajoy dismisses full Catalan cabinet and calls elections for December 21

    CATALAN NEWS AGENCY - The Spanish president says he will close all Catalan delegations abroad except in Brussels

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About Catalonia

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Language

About 10 million people speak Catalan

EconomyEconomy

Economy

One of the Four Motors for Europe

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Political Institutions

A country with ancient institutions

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Education and Research

Internationally recognised universities

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Sports

The country of Barça, Pau Gasol and Marc Márquez

HistoryHistory

History

Catalan history in 15 episodes

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Territory

Between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees

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Culture

The spirit behind the country

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Basic Data

Catalonia in numbers

Who says what?

Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary General United Nations

Asked about Catalonia: “The United Nations has a firm and principled position that human rights should be upheld and protected. All the pending issues between countries and among countries should be resolved through peaceful means and through dialogue, respecting the genuine aspirations of the people concerned.” 02.04.13

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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