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From left to right: Núria Ventura, Marina Geli and Joan Ignasi Elena (by P. Francesch)

16 January 2014 07:50 PM

The Catalan Socialist Party breaks due to the self-determination vote

3 MPs of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) have voted ‘yes’ to the bill requesting the transfer of the powers to organise referendums to the Catalan Government, and have thereby gone against the party’s leadership. The PSC ran...

The Catalan Parliament voting the bill (by A. Moldes)

16 January 2014 06:50 PM

Catalonia requests the Spanish Parliament to transfer powers to organise referendums

The Catalan Parliament has approved a resolution to formally request the Spanish Parliament to transfer the powers to organise referendums to the Catalan Government, following Article 150.2 of the Constitution. This mechanism will allow the...

Angel Ros announcing his decision to quit the Catalan Parliament (by A. Moldes)

15 January 2014 07:34 PM

Earthquake among the Catalan Socialists for the self-determination vote

The Mayor of Lleida, Angel Ros, announced he was quitting the Catalan Parliament since he rejects voting against self-determination on Thursday, as imposed by the leadership of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC). 4 other MPs might break from the...

The Spanish Justice Minister, Alberto Ruíz Gallardón, a few weeks ago (by ACN)

14 January 2014 09:28 PM

Spanish Government “will appeal against” the self-determination call “the very next minute”

The Catalan Government accuses Madrid of continued “prejudices” since “appealing against” a measure “the very next minute” after it is announced “does not leave time to fully analyse it” and...

The Spanish Parliament's main door (by ACN)

14 January 2014 08:38 PM

People’s Party rejects the Socialists’ territorial reform to better fit Catalonia

The People’s Party (PP), which runs the Spanish Government and holds an absolute majority in the Parliament and Senate, closed the door on launching a broad debate on Spain’s territorial organisation and on reforming the...

The Catalan Government's Spokesperson, Francesc Homs (left) at this Tuesday's press conference next to the Catalan Home Affairs Minister, Ramon Espadaler (by P. Mateos)

14 January 2014 08:17 PM

Catalan Government: “we must be the most international domestic issue in the wide world”

The Catalan Government Spokesperson, Francesc Homs, has ironically stated that the situation in Catalonia “must be the most international of political domestic issues in the wide world”, if the Spanish PM Mariano...

Mariano Rajoy and Barack Obama at the White House on Monday evening (by Moncloa)

14 January 2014 01:47 PM

Obama avoids commenting on whether Catalonia’s independence would be a risk for Europe’s growth

Next to the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (who went to the White House), the President of the United States, Barack Obama, did not talk about Catalonia despite being asked about it directly by a journalist. Obama did not repeat the...

One of the signature collecting stands in Barcelona's Sants neighbourhood (by J. Bataller)

13 January 2014 07:50 PM

Grassroots platform collects signatures for Catalonia’s independence

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC), the grassroots organisation that organised the two massive demonstrations for Catalonia’s independence in 2012 and 2013, is working on another initiative to allow Catalan citizens to hold a...

Pere Navarro (left) and Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba (right), last week in Barcelona (by P. Solà)

13 January 2014 07:13 PM

Spanish Socialists propose a “territorial reform” to better fit Catalonia

The Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, sent a letter to the President of the Spanish Parliament, Jesús Posada, asking him to create “a parliamentary body to talk about the...

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