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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...

Artur Mas, on Sunday in Lleida (by S. Miret)

13 January 2014 02:06 PM

Catalan President “demands” a self-determination vote in ‘New Europe’

Artur Mas, President of the Catalan Government, signed an article published in New Europe’s special edition ‘Our world in 2014’, explaining why Catalans want to hold a self-determination vote on the 9th of...

Huw Evans at the Centre Maurits Coppieters of Brussels (by L. Pous)

09 January 2014 08:49 PM

Brussels think tank: denying self-determination “undermines the Spanish political system’s legitimacy”

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s refusal to negotiate and allow the Catalans a consultation vote on independence “undermines the legitimacy of the Spanish political system” and is a violation of Catalonia’s...

The frontpage of the last edition of 'Politique Étrangère' journal (by IFRI / Polítique Étrangère)

09 January 2014 07:31 PM

French study backs EU membership of independent Catalonia and Scotland

The former Chief of Staff of the French Minister for European Affairs and current member of the Conseil d’État, Yves Gounin, argues that the independence of Catalonia, Scotland or Flanders would not cause their immediate...

Barroso (left) and Mas (right) meeting in Brussels in 2011 (by ACN)

08 January 2014 08:57 PM

Barroso: “it is not the Commission’s role to express an opinion” on Catalonia

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durao Barroso, has responded to the letter sent in December by Artur Mas, the President of the Catalan Government. Mas had informed Barroso and the leaders of the EU Member States...

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