VILAWEB – Article by Catalan journalist and writer Francesc-Marc Álvaro
Spain’s political heavyweights have locked themselves into a secession face-off that could tear apart the country
DIPLOCAT – European academic experts and politicians belonging to a wide ideological spectrum (christian democrats, socialists, liberals and greens) participated today afternoon in a debate on the Catalan referendum process. The debate was held in Utrecht and it was organized by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia and the University College Utrecht.
The head of Spain’s largest pharmaceutical company, Grifols, on Thursday became one of the first executives of a major corporation to back a Catalan leader seeking a referendum on independence for Catalonia.
La ciudadanía catalana nos plantea a todos un dilema democrático. Nos hacen un favor a todos, ya es hora de hablar de lo que es verdaderamente la democracia y la libertad
Artur Mas, the head of the autonomous Catalan government in Spain, is at the forefront of a campaign to hold a referendum on independence from Spain on November 9
Spanish MPs have voted overwhelmingly to reject a request by the Catalan authorities to hold a referendum on independence on 9 November.
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.
Catalonia has a distinctive culture. Its people deserve to vote on self-determination
EUROPEAN COMMISSION – The European Commission has awarded the European Capital of Innovation (“iCapital”) prize to Barcelona (Spain) “for introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens”
VILAWEB – The plan is to build Catalan human towers in seven European capitals: Paris, Brussels, London, Lisbon, Geneva, Berlin, and Barcelona
ARA – Article by Catalan writer and academic Ferran Sáez Mateu