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Iñigo Méndez de Vigo addressing the audience in front of Viviane Reding (by ACN)

26 February 2014 08:56 PM

Spanish Deputy Minister for the EU told Commissioner Reding “what is going on in this country”

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy disclosed on Tuesday evening that the Spanish Deputy Minister for EU Affairs, Iñigo Méndez de Vigo had travelled to Barcelona on Sunday “to talk with” Viviane Reding and tell...

Mariano Rajoy addressing the Spanish Parliament on Tuesday (by Álvaro Hurtado)

25 February 2014 07:47 PM

“Unity is a greater value” than “dialogue”, states Rajoy on Catalonia’s claims

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, did not announce any new plan to handle Catalonia’s self-determination claims during the State of the Nation Debate at the Spanish Parliament. On the contrary, Rajoy stiffened his stance on the...

The debate on Catalonia's self-determination took place in the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (by P. Mateos)

25 February 2014 03:01 PM

“The Europe of integration” would end if the EU expels an independent Catalonia, states the Catalan Government

The Catalan Minister for the Presidency and Spokesperson for the Executive, Francesc Homs, warned that “if a political solution cannot be reached” to keep Catalonia within the EU if it becomes independent from Spain, it would be...

From left to right: Reding, Mas and the Spanish Public Works Minister, Ana Pastor (by P. Francesch)

24 February 2014 09:10 PM

The European Commission asks for dialogue to keep Catalonia within Spain

The Spanish Government replies that dialogue can only take place “within the law” and respecting “the national sovereignty”, “two red-lines” that cannot be questioned. The Catalan Government said the...

The Scottish Parliament's building in Edinburgh (by Scottish Parliament)

21 February 2014 08:51 PM

Two experts state the EU will not block admission of independent Scotland

“An independent Scotland would have a right to become a Member of the EU” as “territorially [it] is part of the EU […] and the Scots are European citizens”. Such were the words of Jim Currie, the former European...

A picture from 'The Economist' website featuring the article 'Homage to Caledonia' (by The Economist)

21 February 2014 07:17 PM

‘The Economist’: “it is wrong to insinuate” that Scotland and Catalonia “could never join the EU”

The prestigious publication reacted to the speculations on the inclusion of independent Catalonia and Scotland in the EU. “It is wrong to insinuate that newly independent states could never join the EU”, stated ‘The...

The Catalan President, Artur Mas (centre), on Wednesday, at the second meeting of the National Alliance for the Right to Self-Determination (by R. Garrido)

20 February 2014 10:36 PM

Extreme right organisation files a criminal complaint against Catalan President for sedition and rebellion

Manos Limpias, a Spanish extreme right-wing organisation, presented on Wednesday before Catalonia’ Hight Court (TSJC) a criminal complaint against the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, for the charges of...

20 February 2014 09:33 PM

Catalonia’s Tax Administration is launched to guarantee self-government

The new Tax Administration of Catalonia (called ‘Tributs de Catalunya’) has been launched on Thursday in a ceremony chaired by Artur Mas, the President of the Catalan Government. Mas highlighted that “all of this is not...

The Spanish Parliament's plenary room (by ACN)

20 February 2014 01:32 PM

Spanish Parliament “strongly rejects” Catalonia’s “secessionist plan” with the PP, PSOE and UPyD votes

The Spanish nationalist party UPyD (Unión, Progreso y Democracia) has managed its motion against Catalonia’s self-determination to get the support of the governing People’s Party (PP) and the main opposition group, the...

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