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Les Relacions Internacionals de Catalunya

Les Relacions Internacionals de Catalunya | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

El periodista Martí Anglada, ex-corresponsal a Brussel·les, Berlín i els Estats Units (per TV3), corresponsal a l’Orient Mitjà, Itàlia i el Regne Unit (per La Vanguardia) i amb llarga experiència com a comentarista de política internacional ha fet una conferència a Bellaterra el dijous 15.11.2012, organitzada per Bellaterra per la Independència i centrada en observacions personals al llarg de la seva carrera periodística.

En Martí Anglada considera que Catalunya ha de tenir relacions internacionals sempre i en tot moment. De fet, la base de les relacions internacionals és tenir amics. I en els moments actuals si no hi ha amics és difícil la independència...

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First Scotland, Now Spain - Bloomberg

First Scotland, Now Spain - Bloomberg | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Why won't the Spaniards let the Catalans have a referendum on independence?

 

Like the Scots, the Catalans want a referendum on independence. Unlike the British, the Spaniards aren’t inclined to let them have it. This is a mistake, and Spain's leaders need to show some unwonted statesmanship by making a vote possible -- even as they campaign for union.

 

Catalonia's local government has scheduled a referendum for Nov. 9, but on Tuesday Spain's Constitutional Court suspended it. This is the same court that issued a ruling four years ago -- in a case also brought by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party -- that gutted a 2006 Spanish law granting Catalonia more autonomy.

 

Catalonians have been bitter ever since, and the Popular Party has made the situation worse by stonewalling Catalan demands and engaging in other provocations. (An education minister once issued a call to "Hispanicize" Catalan children.) Support for independence in Catalonia has grown to more than 50 percent, according to several recent polls, from as little as 15 percent in 2007 -- and it's unlikely to fall with yesterday's ruling. The drive for independence has not been stopped.

 

To avoid a potential spiral of civil disobedience or even violence, Rajoy should go to Catalonia and acknowledge, in person, the mistakes his party has made. For the next steps, he need only look across the sea to the north. He should offer a fresh start to negotiations on greater autonomy for Catalonia and more control of its tax revenues. As U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron might tell him, Rajoy will probably have to make these concessions anyway to keep his country together.

 

Rajoy should also be open to constitutional reform that would decentralize powers and include a procedure to allow Spain's regions to vote on secession. This wouldn't necessarily have to be on the extraordinarily generous terms that Cameron agreed to for Scotland, but it would have to create a potential route for Catalans to conduct at least a nonbinding referendum on their status. Even engaging in such negotiations may lead Catalonians to abandon their referendum for now, if they believe a legal route to vote on independence will eventually become available...

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Catalans rally for independence vote after setback - BBC

Catalans rally for independence vote after setback - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Thousands of pro-independence campaigners take to the streets of Barcelona after the Catalan government says it remains "determined" to hold the vote.

 

About 5,000 people took to the streets of the regional capital Barcelona to demand their right to vote on Tuesday.

 

Earlier, the Catalan government said it was halting its publicity campaign for the referendum while it sought to overturn the court's ruling.

 

The vote was suspended after a request from the Spanish central government.

 

The court said it needed time to consider arguments about whether the 9 November vote breached the country's constitution.

While the court studies the appeals, all campaigning must stop until it makes a ruling...

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Catalonia independence: Spanish government acts to halt referendum - The Independent

Catalonia independence: Spanish government acts to halt referendum - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Spanish government has filed appeals at the country's top court to try and halt the powerful north-eastern region of Catalonia from staging an independence referendum.

 

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the November 9 referendum called by Catalan regional leader Artur Mas represented "a grave attack on the rights of all Spaniards", who under the 1979 Spanish Constitution are the only ones who can vote on issues of sovereignty.

 

He stressed the constitution "was based on the indissoluble unity of the Spanish state" and that while the charter could be amended in the future, right now the government's priority is to defend it. He spoke after a special cabinet meeting called to discuss the crisis.

He said the government is challenging both the referendum call and a law passed by the Catalan government that allowed Mr Mas to call the vote...

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Spain court blocks Catalonia vote as standoff escalates - Bloomberg

Spain court blocks Catalonia vote as standoff escalates - Bloomberg | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Spain’s Constitutional Court temporarily blocked Catalan government plans to hold a vote on independence, raising the stakes in the central government’s standoff with the regional administration in Barcelona.

 

Catalan president Artur Mas signed a decree on Sept. 27 calling for a Nov. 9 ballot as a non-binding consultation on independence for the region of about 7.5 million people in northeastern Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy denounced the vote as unconstitutional and said yesterday that his government had filed a lawsuit to block it.

 

The suit was admitted for consideration, effectively blocking the Catalan decree and vote until the court makes a further ruling on the government’s legal action, a Madrid-based official at the court said last night by phone...

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Madrid calls on court to block Catalan referendum - FT

Madrid calls on court to block Catalan referendum - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Madrid has called on Spain’s constitutional court to strike down a planned independence referendum in the region of Catalonia, and issued a stern warning to political leaders in Barcelona to abandon their campaign for a historic break with the rest of the country. 

The move marks the latest blow in a rapidly escalating conflict between the Spanish state and one of its most prosperous regions. Catalonia has seen rising support for secession in recent years, but the government in Madrid insists the country’s constitution leaves no room for an independence plebiscite, let alone for secession itself.

 

The appeal to Spain’s constitutional court means the decree is suspended for a period of up to five months – casting severe doubts over the Catalan government’s declared referendum schedule. Artur Mas, the Catalan president, signed an official decree over the weekend calling a non-binding independence referendum in the region on November 9...

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Catalonia independence: Spanish government to lodge appeal against 'illegal' referendum set to take place on 9 November - The Independent

Catalonia independence: Spanish government to lodge appeal against 'illegal' referendum set to take place on 9 November - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Two days after Catalan President Artur Mas approved a referendum on independence on 9 November, Spain’s ruling PP government is to lodge a legal appeal against it, which will result in the referendum being suspended. At that point, after years of rumbling conflict between Madrid and Spain’s richest region, the two sides’ political gloves will be off.

 

What could be one of the shortest-lived pieces of legislation in Spanish history was solemnly signed off by Mr Mas on Saturday. The ceremony took place against a backdrop almost groaning under the weight of Catalan-flavoured symbolism, starting with the location for the signing, a stone-lined hall in Barcelona where the former nation’s government met in medieval times...

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Catalonia leader calls referendum on independence from Spain - video - The Guardian

Catalonia leader calls referendum on independence from Spain - video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The president of Catalonia, Artur Mas, calls for a referendum on independence of the north-eastern region of Spain from the rest of the country. Mas signed the decree on Saturday to call a vote on 9th November. The central government has called the vote illegal and vows to block the process. The region accounts for around a fifth of Spain's economy, and has its own languag.

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Catalonia sets independence referendum for 9 November – but Spain says vote is illegal - The Independent

Catalonia sets independence referendum for 9 November – but Spain says vote is illegal - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
A determined Catalonia has formally called an independence referendum and has set the date for 9 November, putting it on a collision course with the Spanish government.

 

Catalan President Artur Mas signed the decree in a ceremony at the regional government’s headquarters in the city of Barcelona today.

 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to chair an emergency cabinet meeting in Madrid on Monday to discuss a blocking of the vote via Spain’s Constitutional Court...

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Catalonia calls independence referendum - ITV

Catalonia calls independence referendum - ITV | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The president of Spain's Catalonia region, Artur Mas, signed a decree on calling an independence referendum on November 9.

The central government has said the vote would violate the constitution and has promised to block it.

 

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called an special cabinet meeting to challenge the vote in the constitutional court.

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Catalan leader signs decree for independence referendum - The Telegraph

Catalan leader signs decree for independence referendum - The Telegraph | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Catalan leader Artur Mas formally calls for an independence referendum to break away from Spain

 

The president of Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia on Saturday formally called an independence referendum, the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state of recent years.

 

The Spanish government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insists the referendum, planned for Nov. 9, is illegal and won't take place.

Catalan leader Artur Mas signed the decree to call the referendum in a solemn ceremony in the regional government headquarters in Barcelona, flanked by most of the region's political leaders, who support the vote.

 

"Like all the nations of the world, Catalonia has the right to decide its political future," said Mr Mas. "We want to vote and we want to decide and now we have to means to do so."

Mr Mas made the long-expected announcement as Mr Rajoy was flying back from China...

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Catalonia leader calls referendum on independence from Spain - The Guardian

Catalonia leader calls referendum on independence from Spain - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
President of region announces vote for November but Madrid government hopes court will deem it illegal

 

The president of Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia has called an independence referendum in the latest secession push in Europe, and one of the most serious challenges to the state government in recent years.

 

The conservative Madrid -administration insists the referendum, planned for 9 November, is illegal and will not take place.

The Catalan leader, Artur Mas, called the referendum on Saturday. An emergency cabinet meeting is to be held on Saturday afternoon to address the issue.

 

It plans to challenge a recently-passed Catalan law permitting the referendum before the constitutional court, which it hopes will suspend the motion and halt the vote.

The announcement comes a week after Scotland voted against breaking away from the UK.

 

A long-standing pro-independence movement in Catalonia has gathered momentum during recent years of economic hardship.

Spain’s constitution doesn’t allow referendums on sovereignty that don’t include all Spaniards, and experts say the constitutional court would rule the vote illegal...

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Catalonia president signs independence referendum decree - BBC

Catalonia president signs independence referendum decree - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has signed a decree calling for a referendum on independence.

 

Artur Mas wants Catalonia to hold a Scottish-style vote on 9 November, but does not have the backing of the central government in Madrid.

 

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has said he will block any referendum.

Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, is one of Spain's richest and most highly industrialised regions, and also one of the most independent-minded.

 

On 19 September Catalonian lawmakers voted by a margin of 106 to 28 in favour of authorising the referendum, known locally as a "consultation".

 

Mr Rajoy and the Spanish government believe any vote would be illegal.

The prime minister is expected to take action at a special cabinet meeting early next week, and is likely to take the dispute to the country's Constitutional Court.

 

However, Mr Mas says he can use local laws to hold a vote in a matter of weeks.

 

The BBC's Tom Burridge in Madrid says the focus of attention now will be on how far the Spanish government is prepared to go in order to stop a referendum.

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Luis Suárez scores twice for Barcelona against Indonesia Under-19s - The Guardian

Luis Suárez scores twice for Barcelona against Indonesia Under-19s - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez scored twice as Barcelona B side beat Indonesia’s under-19 team 6-0 on Wednesday

 

Luis Suárez scored twice as Barcelona B side beat Indonesia’s under-19 team 6-0 on Wednesday.

The former Liverpool striker still has a month of his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup to run but played the full 90 minutes at the club’s training ground.

“Good game with Barca B, thanks to the team and the coach for the opportunity. Now to help my teammates,” Suárez said on Twitter...

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Xavi Hernández, the football romantic, set to make Champions League history - The Guardian

Xavi Hernández, the football romantic, set to make Champions League history - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Sid Lowe: Sixteen years after making his Champions League debut – the man who defined his football by saying ‘That’s what I do: I look for spaces. All day’ – is set to make a record 143rd appearance

 

“When I was a kid I used to watch him on the television. Playing alongside him today was a pleasure.” Saturday evening at the Camp Nou and the Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto is talking about team-mate Xavi Hernández. It is no exaggeration. When Xavi made his debut in the Champions League against Manchester United in September 1998, Sergi Roberto was six. Tonight in Paris both men will probably begin on the bench. If Xavi does get on, it will be his 143rd appearance in the competition, taking him one ahead of Raúl.

 

From Old Trafford to the Parc de Princes, Xavi will have played more Champions League games (not including qualifiers) than anyone else in history. He will be a substitute tonight and he was a substitute back then, coming on in the 67th minute. It was 3-2 to United; three minutes later Barcelona got the equaliser with a Luis Enrique penalty. Luis Enrique is now Xavi’s manager. That night, Louis Van Gaal was his manager. And although Van Gaal’s time in Catalonia is not always looked back upon with the fondness that he, certainly, thinks it deserves, the Dutchman is proud of his legacy. Xavi is central to that.

 

Xavi defines himself as a “romantic”. Even he admits that he watches too much football: any game at any level in any league. Talk to him and it doesn’t take long for that to come through. He’ll talk Barcelona and Madrid but he’ll talk Portsmouth and Oviedo too. Matt LeTissier once joked that he was thinking of getting a t-shirt made up with a slogan on the front that said: “Xavi’s idol.” And Xavi’s eyes light up when he is asked about Paul Scholes, against whom he played that opening night in September ‘98...

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Catalonia independence referendum halted by Spain’s constitutional court - The Guardian

Catalonia independence referendum halted by Spain’s constitutional court - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Campaigning brought to halt after just two days as court agrees to hear central government’s challenge to vote

 

Spain’s constitutional court has suspended the planned referendum in Catalonia , halting all campaigning and preparations for the vote on independence just two days after it was formally called by the Catalan leader, Artur Mas.

 

In a special meeting on Monday evening that lasted just over an hour, the court unanimously agreed to hear the central government’s court challenge to the referendum. The decision automatically suspends the referendum, as well as the law that allowed the regional government to call the vote, for up to five months.

The court’s announcement came hours after the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, described the referendum as an affront to the rights of all Spaniards.

 

Calling the vote “anti-democratic,” he said the country’s constitution prevented any region from unilaterally making decisions that affected all Spaniards. “We can’t allow the will of a few to deprive everyone else of their rights,” he said...

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Spain blocks Catalonia referendum on independence - Telegraph

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Constitutional Court suspends Catalonia's Scottish-style referendum planned for November 9 following appeal by Spanish prime minister

 

Spain’s Constitutional Court on Monday blocked a Scottish-style referendum called by Catalonia, after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed to defend the “sovereignty” of his country.

 

The court said it would suspend the region’s planned independence vote while it considered a request from Mr Rajoy’s conservative government that the vote be declared unconstitutional.

That process is likely to take up to five months, meaning the referendum, due to take place on November 9, seems certain to be declared illegal if it goes ahead.

 

Rather than follow the lead of David Cameron and allow a vote on independence, Mariano Rajoy said on Monday that legal action would be taken by his government to block the regional plebiscite.

“It’s false that the right to vote can be assigned unilaterally to one region about a matter that affects all Spaniards,” Mr Rajoy said in a statement following an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday morning. “It’s profoundly anti-democratic.”...

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Spain court suspends Catalonia vote - BBC

Spain court suspends Catalonia vote - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended Catalonia's planned independence referendum.

 

The court said it first needed to consider arguments whether the 9 November vote breached the country's constitution.

It acted on a request from the Spanish central government in Madrid.

 

The leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed a decree on Saturday calling for the referendum. Many in the wealthy north-eastern Spanish region back him.

 

But Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters that the vote was not "compatible with the Spanish constitution".

"Nobody and nothing will be allowed to break up Spain."

He was speaking in a televised statement to the nation after holding an emergency cabinet meeting.

 

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans joined a protest in Barcelona recently, calling for their right to vote.

 

Unhappy at Spain's refusal to give Catalans more powers, protesters have been energised by Scotland's recent independence referendum, and many also waved the Scottish flag.

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Spain government asks court to declare Catalonia vote illegal - Reuters

Spain government asks court to declare Catalonia vote illegal - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - The Spanish government on Monday formally asked the constitutional court to declare illegal Catalonia's planned vote on independence from Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a televised statement.

 

"Neither the object nor the proceedings of the vote are compatible with the Spanish constitution," Rajoy said after the president of the Spanish northeastern region on Saturday called the vote for Nov. 9. (Reporting by Julien Toyer; Editing by Paul Day)

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Separatism after Scotland: Where the dream lives on - The Economist

Separatism after Scotland: Where the dream lives on - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

SILVIA CATALÀ, a publisher in Barcelona, used to live in Glasgow. On September 18th her social-message apps filled up with photographs from Glaswegian friends of the red and gold Catalan flag being waved by activists from the north-eastern Spanish region, visiting for Scotland’s referendum on independence. Back in Barcelona the Loch Inn, a Scottish bar, showed its support by serving haggis with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes).

 

Even forlorn and far-flung separatist hopes were briefly fanned: in the run-up to the Scottish vote the Texas Nationalist League said it was “paving the way” for the secession of Texas from the United States. Catalonia is not the only place where die-hards have found inspiration even in Scotland’s eventual No. Separatists in Quebec, who have twice lost referendums, and where the Parti Québécois (PQ), the main separatist party, has recently suffered a crushing defeat in a provincial election, have started to hope again, too. And the wording of the Scottish vote, the response of national governments to the possibility of defeat and the differing fortunes of the three nations’ separatists hold lessons for governments and independence movements around the world...

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Artur Mas: Catalan helmsman on voyage for independence - AFP

Artur Mas: Catalan helmsman on voyage for independence - AFP | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

A great lover of the sea, Catalonia's president Artur Mas is riding a wave of pro-independence feeling in the region, where nationalists want to break away from Spain.

 

The storm of separatist sentiment has transformed the 58-year-old economist from a moderate nationalist into the unlikely helmsman on Catalonia's voyage for statehood.

 

His critics elsewhere in Spain have accused him of flirting with sedition and even the left-wing parties with whom he is allied in the Catalan parliament have voiced mistrust of him.

Those who know him say these are all calculated risks.

Mas keeps in his office a ship's wheel given to him by his father, inscribed with nautical advice: "Cool head, hot heart, firm grip, feet on the floor."

 

Observers say it is this typically Catalan blend of passion and calculation that brought him to the head of the independence movement at its most crucial point in decades.

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Catalonian leader orders referendum on independence from Spain - Reuters

Catalonian leader orders referendum on independence from Spain - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The president of Spain's Catalonia region signed a decree on Saturday calling for a referendum on independence to be held on Nov. 9, putting the local government on a collision course with Madrid, which says such a vote is illegal.

 

The wealthy northeastern region, which accounts for around a fifth of Spain's economy, has its own language and distinct culture and has long fought for self-rule.

 

A large majority of Catalans want to hold a referendum on independence, polls show, and have been encouraged by the close result in this month's binding referendum in Scotland...

 

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Defiant Catalonia calls referendum - The Courier

Defiant Catalonia calls referendum - The Courier | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The president of Spain's powerful north-eastern region of Catalonia has formally called an independence referendum, the latest secession push in Europe and one of the most serious challenges to the Spanish state of recent years.

 

The Spanish government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insists the referendum, planned for November 9, is illegal and will not take place.

 

Catalan leader Artur Mas signed the decree to call the referendum in a solemn ceremony in the regional government headquarters in Barcelona today, flanked by most of the region's political leaders, who support the vote.

"Like all the nations of the world, Catalonia has the right to decide its political future," said Mr Mas. "We want to vote and we want to decide and now we have to means to do so."

 

He made the long-expected announcement as Mr Rajoy was flying back from China.

 

The premier is expected to hold an emergency cabinet meeting on the issue within days. The Spanish government plans to challenge a recently-passed Catalan law permitting the independence referendum before the Constitutional Court, which it hopes will suspend it and halt the vote...

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Catalans defy Spanish government and call independence vote - The Observer

Catalans defy Spanish government and call independence vote - The Observer | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Artur Mas signs decree authorising a 9 November poll and puts wealthy region on collision course with Madrid, writes Ashifa Kassam

 

The Catalan leader, Artur Mas, formally called a November referendum on independence on Saturday, in a show of defiance that puts the wealthy north-east region of Spain on a collision course with the central government in Madrid.

 

Mas's signature on a decree allowing the vote to go forward came one week after the Catalan parliament passed a law paving the way for non-binding consultations in the region. As the solemn signing ceremony took place yesterday yesterday morning, government officials crowded around the document, excitedly snapping photographs on their mobile phones.

 

"Catalonia has the right to decide its political future," said Mas. "We know that democracy is the most civilised way to resolve difficulties between nations." The 9 November referendum would see two questions put to Catalans: whether Catalonia should be a state and, if so, whether it should be an independent state...

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Catalan ally said to push Mas to defy Spanish court on vote - Bloomberg

Catalan ally said to push Mas to defy Spanish court on vote - Bloomberg | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Catalan President Artur Mas is being pressured by his allies to stage a show of defiance should Spain’s Constitutional Court block his plans for a vote on independence, according to two people briefed on the conversations.

 

Oriol Junqueras, leader of the Esquerra Republicana group that is supporting the push for a vote on secession, wants Mas to up the ante in his standoff with the Spanish government, said the people, who asked not to be named because the conversations are private. Even if he eventually backs away from holding the ballot, by publicly rejecting the court’s authority, Mas will put the onus back onto Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, they said.

 

Mas is aiming to follow Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond in holding a vote on independence 300 years after Catalonia was brought under closer control by Madrid at the end of the War of Succession. Whereas the U.K. government endorsed this month’s Scottish referendum, which Salmond’s “yes” campaign lost by about 10 percentage points, Rajoy has declared Mas’s plan unconstitutional and vowed to block it...

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Catalonia to vote on independence - The Times

Catalonia to vote on independence - The Times | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The Catalan nationalist leader will today sign the order for a non-binding referendum on independence in defiance of the Spanish government which has branded the vote illegal.

 

Inspired by the Scottish referendum earlier this month, Artur Mas, the regional Prime Minister, is expected to sign a decree to bring into force a law passed in region’s parliament which allows a “consultation” on breaking away from Spain on November 9.

 

Voters will be asked two questions: Do you want Catalonia to be a state? For those who tick yes, there is another question: Do you think it should be independent?...

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