catalan independence referendum

Greens-EFA co-president and MEPs meet Catalan President to discuss referendum

May 12, 2017 06:11 PM | ACN

The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, accompanied by the Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, met the co-president of the Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA), Ska Keller, and other MEPs from this party on Friday to discuss the political situation in Catalonia. The meeting, which took place at the seat of the Government of Catalonia and the Presidency of the Generalitat, also included the presence of the co-president and the Secretary General of the European Green Party, Monica Frassoni and Mar García; and the MEPs Ernest Urtasun, Bodil Valero, and Josep Maria Terricabras. During the meeting, President Puigdemont and the Minister Romeva met with the MEPs and analyzed the current political situation in Catalonia and the cornerstones of European politics.

Puigdemont asks Spanish politicians for “courage” to “negotiate a referendum”

May 27, 2016 02:52 PM | ACN

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, regretted in a speech on Friday in Madrid that so far the Spanish political class has behaved as if it was “not concerned” by the pro-independence movement going on in Catalonia. Puigdemont urged the politicians that will need to form a new government in Spain to have “courage” in order to negotiate a referendum. According to him, “Catalans’ patience is not infinite”. “We won’t sit still with folded arms eternally”, he warned, asking Madrid to engage in “dialogue” with the Catalan administration. In another event, on Thursday in front of members of the business community, Puigdemont said that his government will never disobey the law while following the path towards independence. “I know that some people use the word ‘disobedience’. I won’t use it nor will my government”, said the Catalan President.

UDC ministers quit Catalan government over independence row

June 17, 2015 08:56 PM | ACN

Tensions over the issue of independence between the two parties forming the CiU coalition have caused a government crisis in Catalonia. Three ministers from the Christian-Democrat party UDC, the smaller party within the CiU, have left government after their allies of 37 years, CDC, presented them with an “ultimatum”. The governing council of UDC decided on Wednesday, with 16 votes in favour, 10 against and 2 abstentions, that Vice-president Joana Ortega, Minister of Agriculture Josep Maria Pelegrí and Minister of Home Affairs Ramon Espadaler, who is also the secretary general of UDC, should quit Artur Mas’ government. UDC voted on Sunday by a slim majority in favour of an ambiguous stance on the issue of independence, in which the party supported the right to self-determination but fell short of stating whether or not Catalonia should actually vote ‘yes’ to full independence from Spain. Following the result, the Liberal party CDC, led by Mas, urged their coalition partners to state clearly whether or not they are for independence. Elections to the Catalan Parliament are expected to be held on the 27 of September, and may be considered a plebiscite on independence. Tensions between CDC and UDC over the reluctance of the latter to clearly support independence make it unlikely that they will run together, although UDC has said it will still provide parliamentary support to CDC in the coming months and won’t split the coalition at local level.