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Catalonia, state of the European Union?, by Carles Boix

Catalonia, state of the European Union?, by Carles Boix | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

As part of its electoral campaign based on fear and threats, the Spanish government insists that Catalonia would be automatically excluded from the European Union as soon as it became a sovereign state. The Rajoy government grounds its position on two articles of the EU Treaty. In the first place, article 4.2, which states that "the Union shall respect the essential functions of [the member states], including ensuring the territorial integrity of the State." In the second place, article 20, which states that "any person holding the nationality of a Member State shall be a citizen of the Union."

Article 20 of the Treaty is certainly irrelevant to the issue at hand. It develops an important principle when it states that European citizenship derives from and overlaps with the original state citizenship and that, therefore, the EU remains committed to protect the human rights of all its citizens (even against Member States if necessary)...

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Sergio Busquets says Pep Guardiola could tempt him to Manchester City - The Guardian

Sergio Busquets says Pep Guardiola could tempt him to Manchester City - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said he could be tempted by Pep Guardiola to join Manchester City
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Barcelona say Lionel Messi to have tests after recurrence of kidney problems - The Guardian

Barcelona say Lionel Messi to have tests after recurrence of kidney problems - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to have tests after recurrence of kidney problems that kept him out of Club World Cup semi-final in December
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Valencia’s Gary Neville seeking positives from humiliating Barcelona defeat - The Guardian

Valencia’s Gary Neville seeking positives from humiliating Barcelona defeat - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Valencia manager Gary Neville insists his side are not under any extra pressure to secure a good result on Sunday following their 7-0 loss to Barcelona in midweek
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Spain confirms its first case of Zika virus in a pregnant woman - The Independent

Spain confirms its first case of Zika virus in a pregnant woman - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Spanish officials have confirmed a pregnant woman is one of seven people in the country who have been infected with Zika.  The Health Ministry said in a statement that the woman had travelled to Colombia and was presumably infected during her...
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Luis Suárez hits four, Lionel Messi three as Barcelona rout Valencia - The Guardian

Luis Suárez hits four, Lionel Messi three as Barcelona rout Valencia - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi hit hat-tricks as Barcelona routed 10-man Valencia in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at the Nou Camp
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Neymar under investigation in Brazil after tax evasion allegations - The Guardian

Neymar under investigation in Brazil after tax evasion allegations - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Brazilian prosecutors filed a formal complaint against Neymar and his father on Tuesday for tax evasion and providing false information
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Gary Neville readies Valencia for season-defining visit to Barcelona - The Guardian

Gary Neville readies Valencia for season-defining visit to Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Gary Neville’s chances of taking Valencia to the Copa del Rey final hinge on them remaining competitive in the first leg in Barcelona
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Pep Guardiola to succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss - BBC News

Pep Guardiola to succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss - BBC News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Pep Guardiola is to become the manager of Manchester City next season, replacing Manuel Pellegrini.
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Gary Neville’s Valencia to face Barcelona in Copa del Rey semi-finals - The Guardian

Gary Neville’s Valencia to face Barcelona in Copa del Rey semi-finals - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The holders Barcelona will meet Valencia in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, with Sevilla taking on Celta Vigo in the other last-four tie
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Real Madrid made ‘three failed bids’ for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, says report - The Guardian

Real Madrid made ‘three failed bids’ for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, says report - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Real Madrid have tried three times in the last five years to sign Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, according to a report in Spain
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Luis Suárez insists Premier League return would only be for Liverpool - The Guardian

Luis Suárez insists Premier League return would only be for Liverpool - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez has said he would only play for Liverpool if he were ever to return to the Premier League
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Catalonia seeks foreign support for breakaway from Spain - FT

Catalonia seeks foreign support for breakaway from Spain - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The new Catalan government will press ahead with its plan to form a breakaway state from Spain over the next 18 months, and is looking to foreign governments, the EU and financial markets to raise the political pressure on Madrid. Oriol Junqueras, the regional finance minister and deputy president, told the Financial Times in an interview that his government had a mandate from the Catalan people to push for secession. But he also insisted that the campaign to create an independent Catalan republic had implications far beyond the region and the Spanish state — and pointed in particular to the “challenge” posed by Madrid’s towering public debt load. “We are convinced that this process is neither unilateral nor bilateral,” Mr Junqueras said. “This is not just between the Catalan republic and Spain, or between the Catalan Republic, the EU and Spain. There are also many elements that have a private character . . . The management of Spain’s debt load is a challenge. Public debt is currently around €1,000bn and economic growth continues to be funded by high public deficits.”
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Javier Mascherano sentenced to jail for tax fraud but unlikely to serve time - The Guardian

Javier Mascherano sentenced to jail for tax fraud but unlikely to serve time - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano has been handed a one-year prison sentence for not properly paying taxes in Spain but is not expected to serve any time in jail
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Spain power bid by Socialist Sanchez a fight for survival - BBC News

Spain power bid by Socialist Sanchez a fight for survival - BBC News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Spanish Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez faces a monumental task in trying to form a coalition with other parties that have one eye on fresh elections.
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Luis Suárez strikes late to seal fortunate Barcelona win at Levante - The Guardian

Luis Suárez strikes late to seal fortunate Barcelona win at Levante - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The forward scored in injury time to help a disappointing Barcelona beat Levante 2-0 and go back to the top of La Liga
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A political stalemate that Spain can ill-afford - FT

A political stalemate that Spain can ill-afford - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Spain is in the throes of a prolonged political crisis with few, if any parallels, since the death of Franco.
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Valencia’s Gary Neville refuses to resign after thrashing by Barcelona - The Guardian

Valencia’s Gary Neville refuses to resign after thrashing by Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Gary Neville said three times he will not resign as Valencia coach after they lost their Spanish Cup semi-final first leg 7-0
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Filipe Luís suspended for three games for dangerous foul on Lionel Messi - The Guardian

Filipe Luís suspended for three games for dangerous foul on Lionel Messi - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Filipe Luís has been suspended for three games for a dangerous foul on Lionel Messi in Atlético Madrid’s 2-1 defeat by Barcelona on Saturday
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Bell tower of 300-year-old Spanish church collapses into rubble - Daily Mail

Bell tower of 300-year-old Spanish church collapses into rubble - Daily Mail | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The bell tower of 300-year-old Sant Pere church in Rosselló, Catalonia collapsed last week shortly after cracks had been sighted and nearby residents evacuated. No one was injured.
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Atlético Madrid deserve praise but Barcelona won: the end (Sid Lowe) - The Guardian

Atlético Madrid deserve praise but Barcelona won: the end (Sid Lowe) - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Diego Simeone’s side did not so much shoot themselves in the foot with two red cards but blow it to bits with a blunderbuss, although Barça were ahead by then and have had their best January since the six-trophy season of 2009...
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Barcelona hold off nine-man Atlético Madrid to climb clear in La Liga - The Guardian

Barcelona hold off nine-man Atlético Madrid to climb clear in La Liga - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez gave Barça a 2-1 win against an Atlético Madrid side subsequently hampered by the sendings off of Filipe Luís and Diego Godín
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Catalonian Politics - The Economist

Catalonian Politics - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Letters are welcome via e-mail to letters@economist.com Cultural dissonance Ayaan Hirsi Ali has long and rightly complained of the West’s dual standards in the way...
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Barcelona survive Athletic Bilbao scare to ease into Copa del Rey semi-finals - The Guardian

Barcelona survive Athletic Bilbao scare to ease into Copa del Rey semi-finals - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 with goals from Luis Suárez, Gerard Piqué and Neymar securing a 5-2 aggregate win in their Copa del Rey quarter-final
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Analysis: Catalonia's rebellious Penedès region - Harpers

Analysis: Catalonia's rebellious Penedès region - Harpers | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
In Catalonia, a region that has been actively trying to secede from Spain for the last 300 years, Catalans are nothing if not determined to shake up the staus quo..
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Lionel Messi winner against Málaga sends Barcelona back top of La Liga - The Guardian

Lionel Messi winner against Málaga sends Barcelona back top of La Liga - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Talismanic Argentinian striker scores in second half to secure hard-fought 2-1 victory at the Rosaleda Stadium
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