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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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Champions League draw: group-by-group breakdown | Andy Hunter - The Guardian

Champions League draw: group-by-group breakdown | Andy Hunter - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces first club Malmo, Manchester United may feel as if they have never been away and Chelsea’s José Mourinho is given Porto reminder
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Commuting from Barcelona: a London worker who makes it pay - The Guardian

Commuting from Barcelona: a London worker who makes it pay - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Sam Cookney makes the five-and-a-half hour trip to the British capital several times a month, and financially is still ahead..
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Pedro says goodbye to Barcelona following move to Chelsea (video) - The Guardian

Pedro says goodbye to Barcelona following move to Chelsea (video) - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Chelsea’s new signing Pedro said farewell to his former Barcelona team-mates at a press conference in the Spanish city on Monday
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Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona: La Liga – as it happened - The Guardian

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona: La Liga – as it happened - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
A fine volley by Luis Suarez was enough for Barcelona to claim a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in their first game of the Spanish season at San Mames
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Pedro signs for Chelsea after £21m move from Barcelona (video) - The Guardian

Pedro signs for Chelsea after £21m move from Barcelona (video) - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Spain forward Pedro has agreed to join Premier League champions Chelsea from Barcelona
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La Liga 2015-16 may lack novelty but will not be short on attraction | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

La Liga 2015-16 may lack novelty but will not be short on attraction | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
As the new season looms, many starring roles will be repeated – Messi versus Ronaldo is still Messi versus Ronaldo – but there is time for more signings
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Pedro: Chelsea sign Spain forward from Barcelona - The Guardian

Pedro: Chelsea sign Spain forward from Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Premier League champions Chelsea sign Spain forward Pedro from La Liga side Barcelona for £21m.
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Cesc Fàbregas and José Mourinho calls key to Pedro choosing Chelsea - The Guardian

Cesc Fàbregas and José Mourinho calls key to Pedro choosing Chelsea - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Pedro was swayed towards joining Chelsea instead of Manchester United after talking to former Barcelona team-mate
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Pedro: Barcelona’s lucky charm who has finally tired of life on the bench | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

Pedro: Barcelona’s lucky charm who has finally tired of life on the bench | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Chelsea look to have secured the signing of a player who was a talisman during an astonishing career at the Camp Nou, even if he was rarely first choice...
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Chelsea set to sign Pedro after triggering £21.2m Barcelona buy-out clause - The Guardian

Chelsea set to sign Pedro after triggering £21.2m Barcelona buy-out clause - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Chelsea expect to complete the signing of Pedro from Barcelona within the next 24 hours
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Pedro: Chelsea agree deal for Barcelona winger - BBC News

Pedro: Chelsea agree deal for Barcelona winger - BBC News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Chelsea agree to sign Barcelona winger Pedro, who had been a Manchester United target, in a deal worth £21m.
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The Roca brothers' Costa Brava: Gourmet Getaways - The Telegraph

The Roca brothers' Costa Brava: Gourmet Getaways - The Telegraph | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The three brothers behind the world's best restaurant - El Celler de Can Roca in Girona - explain what makes the region's food so special
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Valverde delighted with Bilbao win against Barcelona (video) - The Guardian

Valverde delighted with Bilbao win against Barcelona (video) - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde praises his team after the 5-1 result against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup on Monday
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Barcelona or Bayern could lie in wait for English clubs in Champions League draw - The Guardian

Barcelona or Bayern could lie in wait for English clubs in Champions League draw - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Chelsea could face Real Madrid in the group stages of the Champions League while the Premier League’s other qualifiers could potentially be paired with either Bayern Munich or Barcelona
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Chelsea showed more interest than Manchester United or City, says Pedro - The Guardian

Chelsea showed more interest than Manchester United or City, says Pedro - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Spain winger said: ‘I saw my situation wouldn’t change’ at Barcelona and added that ‘Chelsea is a club that, like Barça, are fighting for titles’
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Athletic 0-1 Barça: Barcelona’s Luis Suárez avenges Super Cup defeat by Athletic Bilbao - The Guardian

Athletic 0-1 Barça: Barcelona’s Luis Suárez avenges Super Cup defeat by Athletic Bilbao - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez scored the goal in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga to avenge Barcelona’s humiliating 5-1 aggregate defeat in the Super Cup
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Neymar tells Manchester United he is open to joining from Barcelona - The Guardian

Neymar tells Manchester United he is open to joining from Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Neymar is open to moving to Manchester United from Barcelona although there is a recognition the transfer is unlikely to occur before the current window closes
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Pedro completes £21.1m transfer to Chelsea from Barcelona - The Guardian

Pedro completes £21.1m transfer to Chelsea from Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Pedro has joined Chelsea on a four-year deal, and the Spanish winger’s arrival could see Juan Cuadrado leave the club
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Slaven Bilic confident Alex Song will pass medical to finalise West Ham move - The Guardian

Slaven Bilic confident Alex Song will pass medical to finalise West Ham move - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Slaven Bilic believes Alex Song’s quality means West Ham will not be taking a risk by signing him, even though the Barcelona midfielder is yet to pass a medical following ankle surgery
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Alex Song: West Ham agree deal to sign Barcelona midfielder - BBC News

Alex Song: West Ham agree deal to sign Barcelona midfielder - BBC News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
West Ham agree a deal to re-sign Barcelona's Cameron international midfielder Alex Song, subject to a medical.
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West Ham agree deal to sign midfielder Alex Song from Barcelona - The Guardian

West Ham agree deal to sign midfielder Alex Song from Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
West Ham said they will sign Alex Song from Barcelona if the midfielder can pass a medical
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Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué banned for four games for rant at assistant referee - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué banned for four games for rant at assistant referee - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Gerard Piqué will miss the start of the season in La Liga after being banned for four matches for his outburst in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup final..
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Pedro: Why the Barca man should be a good match for Chelsea - BBC News

Pedro: Why the Barca man should be a good match for Chelsea - BBC News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Wholehearted and humble, fast and versatile - why the signing of Pedro from Barcelona would be great news for Chelsea.
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The Great Songbook - BBC Radio 4

The Great Songbook - BBC Radio 4 | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Cerys Matthews visits Barcelona to rummage through Spain's varied songbook. In a country of autonomous regions and different languages, is there such a thing as a 'Spanish songbook'? Cerys Matthews travels to the capital of Catalonia to meet people who live, breathe and sing some of Spain's complex legacy of popular songs. The discussion ranges from Civil War songs such as 'Ay, Carmela' to Franco-era copla ballads, to Beatles-inspired pop songs. She discovers one Catalan protest song that started life in the Franco era; it was subsequently taken up by protesters in Poland, and then more recently in Tunisia, before returning to the streets of Barcelon
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Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué faces up to 12 weeks out for rant at assistant referee - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué faces up to 12 weeks out for rant at assistant referee - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Gerard Piqué was sent off for his outburst during the second leg of the Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao, but the exact wording used has been disputed by his team-mate Sergio Busquets
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