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Pro-independence parties would clearly win the Catalan elections but the governing CiU would lose support (by P. Solà)

25 November 2012 10:11 PM

Pro-independence parties would clearly win the Catalan elections but the governing CiU would lose support

According to the exit polls, the parties supporting independence would obtain between 58% and 64% of the seats in the Catalan Parliament in the elections with the highest voter turnout ever. The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU)...
Catalans will vote for the next Catalan Parliament, which will elect the next President of the Catalan Government (M. Amengual)

24 November 2012 12:04 AM

Catalans vote on Sunday focusing on the independence process after a tense campaign

Nobody doubts that the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) will win the elections again, but it is not clear if it will obtain an absolute majority or even lose some MPs. However, these elections are not so much about parties but they...
CiU's candidate Artur Mas, who is always with an EU flag to stress Catalonia's identification with the EU project (by P. Mateos)

23 November 2012 10:11 PM

Party Review – the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) asks for an “exceptional majority” to back self-determination

The incumbent President of the Catalan Government and the main CiU candidate, Artur Mas, is asking for massive support in order to have the strength to negotiate the organisation of an independence referendum. The CiU is focusing the re-election...
Pere Navarro in a campaign rally (by R. Garrido)

22 November 2012 11:53 PM

Party Review – the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) likely to plummet and be overtaken by smaller parties

For the last 30 years, the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) and the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) have been Catalonia’s two main political forces, running the main public institutions and getting electoral results far higher than...
Sánchez-Camacho (left) together with the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria (by A. Recolons)

21 November 2012 10:32 PM

Party Review – the Spanish Nationalist People’s Party (PP) focuses on stopping the “independence delirium”

As opposed to the rest of Spain, the PP is a small party within Catalonia. In the last Catalan elections, they got their best results ever, increasing from 14 to 18 seats in the 135-seat Catalan Parliament and obtaining 12.37% of the votes. In the...
Joan Herrera in a recent campaign rally (by M. Bélmez)

20 November 2012 11:15 PM

Party Review – the Catalan Green Socialists and Communists (ICV-EUiA), the most vocal opposition to budget cuts

With 10 MPs and 7.37% of the votes in the last Catalan elections, the Catalan Green Socialist and Communist Coalition (ICV-EUiA) has been the most vocal opposition to the Catalan Government’s austerity measures, despite being the fourth largest...
ERC's leader, Oriol Junqueras, with the campaign's motto: "A new country for everybody" (by A. Moldes)

19 November 2012 09:56 PM

Party Review – the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC) might be the second largest party

ERC, now led by Oriol Junqueras, is facing the next Catalan elections aware they will significantly increase their number of MPs and knowing that they are likely to play an essential role in Catalonia’s politics in the next term. After...
López Tena in Friday's campaign rally (by M. Fernández Noguera)

16 November 2012 11:32 PM

Party Review – Solidaritat (SI), the radical Catalan independence party

Solidaritat per la Indepedència (SI) started in 2010, defending a fast track towards independence and profiting from the crisis of the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC). SI grew around the magnetic Joan Laporta, former President of FC...
Albert Rivera addressing the audience in a campaign rally (by P. Solà)

15 November 2012 11:01 PM

Party Review – Ciutadans (C’s), the anti-Catalan nationalism and left-wing party

With 3.39% of the votes in the last elections and 3 MPs in the Catalan Parliament, polls indicate that the number of Ciutadans’s MPs could double in the next elections, resulting in between 6 and 8 MPs, and forming its own parliamentary group...
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