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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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Thousands of Catalans crowd Barcelona to call for early elections - Reuters

Thousands of Catalans crowd Barcelona to call for early elections - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
MADRID (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona on Sunday calling for early regional elections after plans for a Nov. 9 referendum on independence from Spain were declared illegal
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Spain gets some breathing space over Catalonia - FT

Spain gets some breathing space over Catalonia - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
It was an interesting week to visit Spain. On Tuesday, I interviewed Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, on stage at an FT conference in Madrid. We spoke, just as dramatic news was emerging from Cataloniathat the regional government there was calling off its independence referendum.

 

Rajoy was understandably pleased. He pronounced that this was “excellent news”. But just as the Spanish prime minister was leaving the stage, so Artur Mas – the head of the devolved Catalan government – was beginning a press conference in Barcelona. His contribution muddied the waters.

Mas confirmed the referendum was off, but said Catalans would still get the chance to vote in an informal popular consultation held on the same day as the planned plebiscite. Some of the pro-independence supporters crowed that Rajoy had spoken too soon. But a couple of days later when the dust had settled, it seems to me that Rajoy was more right than wrong.

 

The Catalan government does seem to have taken a step back, in response to a ruling from the Spanish constitutional court to suspend the referendum. That said, while I think that the Rajoy government has won some breathing space, the Catalan issue is still a huge challenge...

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Pep Guardiola keen on one day becoming Manchester United manager - The Guardian

Pep Guardiola keen on one day becoming Manchester United manager - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Pep Guardiola has revealed he wants to manage Manchester United at some point in his career, according to reports in a new book that chronicles his title-winning campaign at Bayern Munich last season.

 

In Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich, written by his close friend and journalist Marti Perarnau, the former Barcelona manager admits to being seduced when watching Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2011, saying: “I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.”

 

Guardiola took charge of Bayern Munich for the 2013-14 season – that which Perarnau chronicles – but had already agreed a move to the Allianz Arena in December 2012, before Ferguson had announced he would be leaving Old Trafford...

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Barcelona’s Luis Suárez given Golden Shoe trophy by Kenny Dalglish - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Luis Suárez given Golden Shoe trophy by Kenny Dalglish - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Luis Suárez has been presented with the Golden Shoe trophy by his former Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish, at a ceremony in Barcelona.

 

Suárez, who signed for Barcelona in the summer, receives the award having finished last season – along with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo – as scorer of the most league goals in Europe.

 

The pair each scored 31 times, Suárez’s goals coming for Liverpool.

The 27-year-old Uruguay striker said on receiving the trophy from Dalglish, whom he had reportedly requested be involved in the ceremony: “I want to thank all the most important people in my life, my wife and my children. And of course everyone at Liverpool – all my colleagues, not just last year but over the whole three and a half years I was at the club...

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The Guardian view on Catalonian independence: heading for a crash - The Guardian

The Guardian view on Catalonian independence: heading for a crash - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Spain has a complex and contradictory tradition as a multinational state. On the one hand there is the older legacy of a polity originally united by dynastic alliances, where the monarch ruled differently in his various territories, observing the prevailing local rights and customs. On the other there was a powerful centralising tendency under the Bourbon kings and, later, under Franco which sought to iron out diversity, instil obedience to Madrid and limit if not abolish autonomy. To complicate matters further, the absolutism of the centre was often countered by the intransigence of the Basque and Catalan movements, creating a situation in which neither had any inclination to compromise...

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Catalonia presses ahead with symbolic Spain secession vote - BBC

Catalonia presses ahead with symbolic Spain secession vote - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The head of Spain's Catalonia's region has said a non-binding vote on independence will go ahead on 9 November, in defiance of Madrid.

 

The "consultation" vote called by Artur Mas was suspended by the Constitutional Court last month after a challenge by the central government.

 

However, Mr Mas said he could use a different legal framework to proceed.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy had earlier welcomed reports that the vote was being called off.

The government has portrayed the vote as an actual referendum and argues that it cannot be held without the consent of the Spanish state.

Economic and cultural grievances have fuelled Catalan nationalism.

The wealthy region of 7.5 million people contributes more to the Spanish economy than it gets back through central government funds.

 

Like other Spanish regions, it enjoys a degree of autonomy but campaigners accuse Madrid of recently seeking to undermine Catalan in favour of Spanish as the main language of instruction in schools...

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Catalan leader calls off independence referendum - FT

Catalan leader calls off independence referendum - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Artur Mas, the Catalan president, has called off his government´s controversial plan to hold an independence referendum on November 9, but vowed to push ahead with an alternative, less formal popular consultation on the same date. 

“The referendum cannot take place in accordance with the decree that I signed,” Mr Mas told a press conference in Barcelona on Tuesday, signalling the first significant climbdown by a leading actor in the long-simmering political conflict between the prosperous northern region and the government of Spain.

 

His move follows days of fierce debate among political leaders in Catalonia, which has been rocked by rising calls for a historic break with the rest of the country. Mr Mas and his allies were hoping to emulate the example of Scotland, and offer regional voters a referendum on independence. But his plan has faced firm opposition from the central government in Madrid and was suspended by Spain´s constitutional court late last month...

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Catalonia to hold unofficial poll instead of independence referendum - The Guardian

Catalonia to hold unofficial poll instead of independence referendum - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Catalan leader Artur Mas announces unofficial poll on the same day in place of vote, which Spanish government called illegal

 

Catalonia will push forward with a planned November vote on independence, leader Artur Mas said on Tuesday, but in a modified way in an attempt to skirt restrictions imposed by the Spanish courts.

 

The poll will be open to Catalans aged 16 and over and organised by volunteers, without any formal electoral roll. Mas touted it as an alternative means for Catalans to express their opinion after Spain’s constitutional court suspended all campaigning and preparations for a planned referendum.

 

“On November 9 there will be a consultation, there will be ballots and ballot boxes,” said Mas. Unlike the planned referendum, which was originally made possible by a decree passed in the Catalan parliament, the poll would be held under “pre-existing frameworks” that allowed for citizen participation, he said.

 

The referendum was suspended after the court decided unanimously to hear a challenge by the central government. Caught between defying the court’s order and pro-independence parties pushing for the vote to go ahead regardless of its legality, Mas initially vowed to push forward...

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Luis Suárez: I was not racist and I was accused without evidence - The Guardian

Luis Suárez: I was not racist and I was accused without evidence - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez has once again protested his innocence in his spat with Patrice Evra in 2011, claimed there was no evidence against him and insisted allegations of racism were not true
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Catalonia looks for alternatives after cancelling independence referendum - The Guardian

Catalonia looks for alternatives after cancelling independence referendum - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Regional government decides not to hold vote, challenged in court by Madrid, and moves to announce an alternative process
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Catalonia calls off independence referendum from Spain, will hold 'consultation' - Reuters

Catalonia calls off independence referendum from Spain, will hold 'consultation' - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia has dropped plans to hold a referendum on independence from Spain next month but will instead hold a consultation of citizens, the region's head said on Tuesday.The Spanish
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Barcelona continue to back vote for Catalonia’s secession from Spain - The Guardian

Barcelona continue to back vote for Catalonia’s secession from Spain - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona still supports Catalonia’s push to vote on secession from the rest of Spain despite warnings that independence would mean the club’s exclusion from La Liga.

 

Barcelona “was one of the first institutions to declare it was in favour of the right to decide,” the club said in a statement on Friday.

Catalonia’s regional government wants to hold a non-binding referendum on independence on 9 November. A Spanish court has suspended the vote to rule on its legality.

On Tuesday, the president of the Spanish football league, Javier Tebas, said Barcelona and the other football clubs in the north-east region would be excluded from Spanish competitions if Catalonia became a separate state.

 

Tebas said the country’s sports law entitles only one non-Spanish territory Andorra to legally participate in the league or other official competitions. If Catalonia were to gain independence, the law would have to be altered to let Catalan clubs, including Espanyol and the second division teams Girona and Sabadell, back in...

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Kenny Dalglish to present Luis Suárez with European Golden Shoe - The Guardian

Kenny Dalglish to present Luis Suárez with European Golden Shoe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez will be presented the European Golden Shoe by former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish
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Mas observation - The Economist

Mas observation - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

CATALONIA’S referendum on independence, planned for November 9th, will not now happen. Or might it, after all? On October 14th the Catalan president, Artur Mas, admitted that, with the referendum officially suspended by Spain’s constitutional court, it would have to be scrapped. But, he added, some other sort of public consultation will still happen on that day—and it will involve ballot boxes.

 

Mr Mas refused to provide details. He claimed that he did not want to give the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, too many clues about his plans. Given the legal obstacles, even Mr Mas may not be sure how to proceed. Catalonia’s more radical and leftist separatists were angered by his decision to obey the court while calling for a watered-down, pseudo-referendum. They want an early election in this rich and populous region of north-east Spain. Mr Mas is trying to deflect the separatists’ claims of cowardice by ramping up the war of words. “The Spanish state is the adversary,” he declared...

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Pep Guardiola: all I do is look at opponents and try to demolish them - The Guardian

Pep Guardiola: all I do is look at opponents and try to demolish them - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

In the summer of 2013 Pep Guardiola, recently appointed as the manager of Bayern Munich, granted Martí Perarnau, a friend and journalist, full behind-the-scenes access to his new club for a year. He shadowed the Spaniard on and off the pitch through the highs and lows of his title-winning campaign, gaining unique access to his staff and players to unveil the secrets of the man and his methods. The only condition was that nothing could be published – until now.

Here, the Guardian takes two extracts from Pep Confidential showing Guardiola’s personal side post-match and also the extraordinary lengths he goes to in preparing for a match.

I look at the footage of our opponents and then try to work out how to demolish them

Munich, 31 January, 2014

As a rule, Guardiola gives three team talks before each match, each of them about 15 minutes long. He uses images to clarify his points, usually video footage that doesn’t last more than seven minutes. The three talks follow the same pattern...

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Barcelona's Luis Suárez awarded Golden Shoe – video - The Guardian

Barcelona's Luis Suárez awarded Golden Shoe – video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona striker Luis Suárez is presented with the Golden Shoe award by former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish after being the Premier League's top scorer last season with 31 goals. Suárez says he is hoping to make his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid on Saturday. He also thanks his former club Liverpool for supporting him and his family during 'tough times'.
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Lionel Messi had nothing to do with own tax affairs, his father insists - The Guardian

Lionel Messi had nothing to do with own tax affairs, his father insists - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi had nothing to do with his own tax affairs and should not be included in an investigation into an alleged fraud, his father, Jorge, has insisted.

Messi and his father have been accused of defrauding the Spanish state of more than €4m by filing incomplete returns for the years 2007 to 2009. They both deny any wrongdoing.

 

Income from Messi’s image rights was allegedly hidden using a web of shell companies in Uruguay, Belize, Switzerland and Britain...

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Catalans have as much in common with the Spanish as with each other - FT

Catalans have as much in common with the Spanish as with each other - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Nationalists love their ideals of exalted uniformity. They love to enact them, in their highly subsidised mass rallies. And some would dearly like to create independent states that would enshrine them, too. Many people in Catalonia are impatient these days, flying flags for independence and dreaming up future borders with (the rest of) Spain. Yet real countries – and the real citizens within them – rarely conform to the types cast for them by nationalist narratives...
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Catalonia’s independence movement - The Economist

Catalonia’s independence movement - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

THE regional government of Catalonia, a wealthy and populous north-eastern region of Spain, was planning to hold a non-binding referendum on independence on November 9th. But the plans were put on hold when Spain's Constitutional Court suspended the vote. The Court is pondering the legality of the referendum, which it is expected to declare unconstitutional some time in the next five months. But Catalonia is undeterred. On October 14th the Catalan prime minister, Artur Mas, announced that some form of "consultation", involving "ballots and ballot boxes", would go ahead anyway on November 9th, regardless of the Court's decision. What does this mean for Catalan independence?

 

Although Catalonia had moments of separatist enthusiasm during Spain's troubled early 20th century, support for the idea only surged again a few years ago. Polls now show around half of Catalans prefer independence to the status quo, under which they already enjoy a high degree of self-government, with administrative powers over education, health, policing and many other matters. The two motors of the new wave of separatism are Spain's economic woes and a 2010 Constitutional Court decision to strike out part of a renewed charter of self-government that had been approved at referendum. Many Catalans, who speak their own language as well as Spanish, believe their taxes pay for poor, lazy southerners to live off government hand-outs.

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Doubts emerge over Catalan independence vote - FT

Doubts emerge over Catalan independence vote - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Artur Mas, the Catalan president, seemed on the verge of calling off a controversial independence referendum planned for November in the prosperous Spanish region, in a bid to avoid an all-out clash with the government in Madrid. 

Mr Mas is due to outline the regional government’s stance in a press conference on Tuesday, after yet another round of meetings with leaders from other Catalan parties that support the independence referendum.

 

The Catalan government insists that voters in the region should be given the right to decide Catalonia’s political future. But it has faced strong opposition from the government of Mariano Rajoy in Madrid, which says that such a regional plebiscite is not allowed under the Spanish constitution. Late last month, the regional law and presidential decree that were supposed to serve as the legal basis for the referendum were suspended by Spain’s constitutional court – dealing another setback to the Catalan campaign...

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Independence vote: Catalonia's quarrel with Spain - BBC

Independence vote: Catalonia's quarrel with Spain - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Independence fever is gripping Spain's richest region, Catalonia, but the government in Madrid is determined to ban any Scottish-style vote.

 

Before the economic crisis of 2008, fewer than 20% of Catalans favoured independence, opinion polls suggested, yet polls this autumn indicate opinion is pretty evenly split.

 

Regional President Artur Mas is pressing ahead with a non-binding vote on independence for 9 November, saying he will use a legal framework which gets around a suspension of the poll imposed by the country's highest legal body, the Constitutional Court.

 

The court acted in September after the government in Madrid challenged plans for the "consultation" (as the Catalan government calls the vote), which it regards as a de facto referendum.

The idea that Catalans would be denied a vote antagonised even opponents of independence and the "caged ballot box" has become a powerful symbol of the "N9" movement.

 

While there has been none of the separatist violence which traumatised Spain for decades over the Basque Country, uncertainty clouds the future of this vibrant part of north-eastern Spain...

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Catalonia independence: ‘There will be ballots’, says Catalan leader despite Madrid court ruling to suspend referendum - The Independent

Catalonia independence: ‘There will be ballots’, says Catalan leader despite Madrid court ruling to suspend referendum - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Catalan President Artur Mas has announced new plans for an alternative, non-binding, vote on independence from Spain – in what appeared to be a last-ditch attempt to outflank a Madrid court ruling that had suspended next month’s referendum on exactly the same question.
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Catalan independence: November referendum 'called off' - BBC

Catalan independence: November referendum 'called off' - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The Catalan regional government has called off plans to push ahead with a contested independence referendum, Spanish media says.

A spokesman for Catalan President Artur Mas said he would be holding a news conference at 08:00 GMT on Tuesday.

 

Spain's government said the 9 November vote was unconstitutional but Catalan's leaders had vowed to hold it.

Support for independence has increased among the 7.5 million Catalans following Spain's economic crisis.

On 19 September, the regional parliament voted by 106 to 28 in favour of granting Catalan's president the power to hold a referendum.

 

Spain's central government protested against the move and the Constitutional Court agreed to hear their case against the referendum - a process that could take years...

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Thousands rally in Barcelona against Catalonian independence - The Guardian

Thousands rally in Barcelona against Catalonian independence - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, Spain’s national day, to oppose moves to make Catalonia an independent state...

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Human towers of Tarragona – in pictures - The Guardian

Human towers of Tarragona – in pictures - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The tradition of building human towers, or castells, dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where teams compete to build the tallest and most complicated towers
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