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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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Chelsea 2-2 Barcelona: Chelsea show their stuff in the shootout to edge past Barcelona - The Guardian

Chelsea 2-2 Barcelona: Chelsea show their stuff in the shootout to edge past Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Eden Hazard scores the opener before Gary Cahill equalises with minutes to go in an entertaining game at FedEx Field in Wasington
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Ex-Hearts manager claims he was sacked for not picking owner against Barcelona - The Guardian

Ex-Hearts manager claims he was sacked for not picking owner against Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Anatoly Korobochka has claimed that he was sacked from Hearts after he refused to play the club’s owner, Vladimir Romanov, in a friendly against Barcelona
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Chelsea must now try to emulate Barcelona, says Cesc Fàbregas - The Guardian

Chelsea must now try to emulate Barcelona, says Cesc Fàbregas - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Cesc Fàbregas takes on Barcelona on Tuesday night urging his Chelsea team-mates to emulate the European champions, and his former team, and bring the Champions League trophy back to Stamford Bridge...
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Stoke announce signing of former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay - The Guardian

Stoke announce signing of former Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The 29-year-old Dutchman has signed a two-year contract with the Premier League club and will link up with his new team-mates in France
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Manchester United v Barcelona: pre-season friendly (as it happened) - The Guardian

Manchester United v Barcelona: pre-season friendly (as it happened) - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Two European powers face off in a pre-season friendly at Levi’s Stadium. Who’ll come out on top? Follow the action live with Bryan Graham
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Barcelona council removes bust of former king of Spain from city hall - The Guardian

Barcelona council removes bust of former king of Spain from city hall - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Officials in separatist Catalan city take down sculpture of Juan Carlos to assert republican traditions as heir King Felipe VI weighs in on independence debate The empty space, roughly the size of a cereal box, is barely noticeable amid the rich decor of Barcelona city hall’s main chamber. But this small area has become a focal point across Spain after the newly elected leftist government in the city took down the bronze bust of former king Juan Carlos, just hours after his son, King Felipe VI, weighed in on Catalan independence.
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Barcelona fined by Uefa for pro-Catalan banners at Champions League final - The Guardian

Barcelona fined by Uefa for pro-Catalan banners at Champions League final - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Uefa has fined Barcelona €30,000 (£21,250) after fans displayed pro-Catalan independence flags at last month’s Champions League final in Berlin
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La Liga and Champions League Barcelona say summer spending is over - The Guardian

La Liga and Champions League Barcelona say summer spending is over - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says that his club’s squad for the new season is now ‘closed’
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Beyond the Premier League: the biggest transfers of the off-season so far - The Guardian

Beyond the Premier League: the biggest transfers of the off-season so far - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Premier League clubs have accounted for most of the big-money moves in July but some of their continental counterparts have also been splashing their cash
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Luis Suárez goal helps Barcelona defeat Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy - The Guardian

Luis Suárez goal helps Barcelona defeat Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The record Rose Bowl crowd of 93,226 largely wore scarlet and blue, chanting and cheering on mighty Barcelona’s solid season-opening performance against the LA Galaxy
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10 of the best ways to enjoy Barcelona … on a budget - The Guardian

10 of the best ways to enjoy Barcelona … on a budget - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Savour the Catalan capital by avoiding the pricey and the touristy in favour of favourite local hangouts, from outdoor cinema to great beaches and vermut bars
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Kobe Bryant swaps shirts with Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta (video) - The Guardian

Kobe Bryant swaps shirts with Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta (video) - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant gives Barcelona a signed shirt at a training session on Monday ahead of their match against LA Galaxy on Tuesday
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Barcelona football legend to stand in Catalan poll - FT

Barcelona football legend to stand in Catalan poll - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
When voters in Catalonia go to the polls in September, one name on the list of candidates pushing for independence from Spain will be familiar to football fans around the world: Barcelona legend Pep Guardiola. On Monday, Ramon Tremosa, a European parliament member from the pro- independence CiU party, published a tweet confirming that Mr Guardiola, who won a string of titles first as a player and then as coach of Barcelona’s hugely successful football team, would be the final name on the list of 135 pro-independence candidates in the election on September 27...
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Chelsea 2-2 Barcelona (Chelsea win 4-2 on penalties) (as it happened) - The Guardian

Chelsea 2-2 Barcelona (Chelsea win 4-2 on penalties) (as it happened) - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Chelsea win another pre-season friendly on penalties, beating Barcelona 4-2 in the shootout after an entertaining 2-2 draw in Washington
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Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao fans in trouble for booing the King - The Telegraph

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao fans in trouble for booing the King - The Telegraph | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
UEFA and Spanish authorities set to punish clubs for dissenting supporters. The clubs, from the seperatist regions of Catalonia and the Basque Country ... the famously pro-Catalan club, while Bilbao could be fined the slightly lower ... support lending added weight to calls for independence in Catalonia...
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Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao fined for fans booing Spanish national anthem - The Guardian

Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao fined for fans booing Spanish national anthem - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Spain’s anti-violence commission hasfined Barcelona €66,000 (£47,000) after the Catalan club’s fans booed the national anthem before the Copa del Rey final in May...
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Louis van Gaal on right track as Manchester United beat Barcelona - The Guardian

Louis van Gaal on right track as Manchester United beat Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Wayne Rooney gave Manchester United the perfect start and his early goal was the catalyst in 3-1 win over Barcelona
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Louis van Gaal can spark Manchester United glory, says Barça president - The Guardian

Louis van Gaal can spark Manchester United glory, says Barça president - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Josep Maria Bartomeu has hailed Louis van Gaal’s Camp Nou record before the European champions face Manchester United in a San Francisco friendly...
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Manchester United yet to bid for Barcelona forward Pedro - The Guardian

Manchester United yet to bid for Barcelona forward Pedro - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Manchester United have yet to lodge a bid for Barcelona’s Pedro, with the La Liga champions only willing to do business if the forward’s £22m release clause is met
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King threatens Catalans over breakaway plan -The Times

King threatens Catalans over breakaway plan -The Times | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
King Felipe of Spain warns Catalonia to respect the law as separatists threaten to unilaterally declare independence if they win elections in the autumn
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Sergio Busquets hints Pedro may leave Barcelona for Manchester United - The Guardian

Sergio Busquets hints Pedro may leave Barcelona for Manchester United - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Sergio Busquets has hinted that his team-mate Pedro, a target for Manchester United, could leave Barcelona for more game-time
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Gabon denies paying Barcelona’s Lionel Messi £2.5m for Ali Bongo visit - The Guardian

Gabon denies paying Barcelona’s Lionel Messi £2.5m for Ali Bongo visit - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Gabonese government have denied claims that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was paid €3.5m (£2.5m) to visit the country to take part in a ceremony at one of the venues for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
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Next Euro Crises: Portugal Elects Radical Government While Spain Falls to Pieces - Breitbart

Next Euro Crises: Portugal Elects Radical Government While Spain Falls to Pieces - Breitbart | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
While Eurozone leaders scramble to find a new bailout deal for Greece to put off the country’s inevitable exit from the euro for another few months, they may find two new crises about to hit them.
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Catalan separatist leaders vow to unilaterally declare independence from Spain - The Telegraph

Catalan separatist leaders vow to unilaterally declare independence from Spain - The Telegraph | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Powerful pro-independence coalition says it will start secession process after September local elections, in defiance of government in Madrid
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Catalan separatist leaders have vowed to make a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain after local elections in September, putting themselves firmly on a collision course with the central government in Madrid...
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Pep Guardiola runs on Catalan independence ticket - BBC News

Pep Guardiola runs on Catalan independence ticket - BBC News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Former Barcelona football manager Pep Guardiola is to stand as a pro-Catalan independence candidate in Spanish elections.
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However, it is thought to be a symbolic gesture as he has been named last on the candidate list. Barring a landslide, he will not gain office. He is an icon of the city having won 14 titles in four years at the club. Last year he returned to Barcelona for a non-binding referendum in which 80% of voters backed leaving Spain. Now managing Bayern Munich in Germany, Mr Guardiola is standing for a coalition of two pro-independence parties.
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