VILAWEB – Rajoy leaves no options open for negotiation on the referendum as PP, PSOE and UPyD join forces against the Catalan sovereignty process
ACN – The day after the Spanish Parliament’s debate about Catalonia’s self-determination vote, the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, asked the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, to “set a day and a time” to start talking about a negotiated way out to the current political situation. Yesterday Catalan representatives explicitly asked for the same thing in Madrid, stressing their offer “to talk about everything”, including the organisation of a self-determination vote. In addition, in the Government control session at the Catalan Parliament, Mas urged the People’s Party (PP) – which runs the Spanish Executive – to present the Constitutional reform that Rajoy mentioned on Tuesday during Wednesday’s debate.
VILAWEB – The debate and vote in the Spanish Congress on Catalonia’s ability to hold a referendum were widely reported by the international media. The principal papers of the world contained extensive coverage.
Spanish Parliament to reject one of the legal ways for an agreed self-determination vote in Catalonia
CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – The Catalan Parliament is formally requesting the Spanish authorities to transfer the power to organise referendums to the Catalan Government, using Article 150.2 of the Constitution in order to organise an agreed self-determination vote in Catalonia. The Spanish Parliament, where the governing People’s Party (PP) holds an absolute majority, will reject the petition on Tuesday, closing the door to one of the current legal paths to hold such a vote. It is expected the “no” to be backed by 86% of the Chamber. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (PP) and the opposition leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, from the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), are expected to unite to reject Catalonia’s petition, which is backed by almost two thirds of the Catalan Parliament and by some 75% of the Catalan population according to polls. Three representatives from the Catalan Parliament – Jordi Turull, Marta Rovira and Joan Herrera – will emphasise that authorising a self-determination vote is not a legal problem but a matter of political will. In fact, legal experts have identified up to 5 different legal ways to organise a self-determination vote in Catalonia, one of them being the transfer of referendum powers using the current Constitution, a similar formula to the one used for Scotland’s independence referendum.
ARA – Article by Catalan writer and academic Ferran Sáez Mateu
VILAWEB – On Thursday, Irene Rigau, the Catalan Minister for Education, announced that Catalonia will participate in the working group created to analyze how to better implement the Spanish Government’s Education Reform. However, she also stated that the results of such a working group will have to be assessed before implementing the Education Reform. On Wednesday, after a meeting that Rigau refused to attend, the Spanish Government said that the Reform will be implemented “one way or the other” in September 2014 throughout Spain, including Catalonia.
CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – On Tuesday evening the Spanish Parliament rejected a motion to transfer to the Catalan Government the power to organise a specific non-binding self-determination referendum, using Article 150.2 of the Constitution. 86% of all Spanish MPs rejected a motion presented by the Catalan Parliament to this effect, which was backed by some two-thirds of Barcelona’s Chamber. The People’s Party (PP) – which runs the Spanish Government and holds an absolute majority at Madrid’s Parliament -, the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) – including the MPs from the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) -, and the minority populist and Spanish nationalist party Unión Progreso y Democracia (UPyD) voted against the motion. The remaining MPs, mostly representing parties from Catalonia, the Basque Country, Galicia, the Canaries and the alternative left, backed it.
VILAWEB – Mas: The President of the Catalan Government made a late-night speech thanking the representatives of the Catalan Parliament for their speeches yesterday before the Spanish Congress
VILAWEB – Article by Catalan journalist and writer Francesc-Marc Álvaro
VILAWEB – The plan is to build Catalan human towers in seven European capitals: Paris, Brussels, London, Lisbon, Geneva, Berlin, and Barcelona
CATALAN NEWS AGENCY – According to a poll issued on Tuesday by the Centre of Opinion Studies (CEO), run by the Catalan Government, 59.7% of Catalans would agree with Catalonia becoming “a new European State”; 29.7% would be against this idea and 6.8% “do not know”. Furthermore, 87.3% of the interviewees affirm they would accept the result of a self-determination referendum while 9.3% state they would not accept it.
VILAWEB – Xavier Trias is number 46 on the list