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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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Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen may need surgery to resolve knee problem - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen may need surgery to resolve knee problem - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona are concerned about the former defender who cost £15m from Arsenal but has yet to play
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Lionel Messi's hat-trick breaks La Liga record as Barcelona beat Sevilla - The Guardian

Lionel Messi's hat-trick breaks La Liga record as Barcelona beat Sevilla - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi became La Liga’s record goalscorer, with 253, after hitting a hat-trick for Barcelona in their 5-1 defeat of Sevilla at the Camp Nou

 

Lionel Messi set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals with his latest hat-trick, as Barcelona brushed aside Sevilla. The previous mark has been held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which marked the end of the Spaniard’s 15-year career with the Basque club. Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277 appearances while Argentina captain Messi needed 289 games.

 

“We are all very happy and of course also for Leo,” Xavi, the Barça captain, said. “He has achieved an amazing and historic record.”

 

Messi, 27, equalled the record in the 21st minute with a typically breathtaking effort, curling a left-footed free kick around the wall and past Sevilla goalkeeper Beto. He struck again from close range in the 72nd minute and scored a third goal six minutes later with a powerful low drive from the edge of the penalty area...

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Lionel Messi happy at Barcelona, says manager Luis Enrique – video - The Guardian

Lionel Messi happy at Barcelona, says manager Luis Enrique – video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique, says he is sure striker Lionel Messi is happy at the Catalan club
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Lionel Messi may leave Spain over tax jail threat - The Guardian

Lionel Messi may leave Spain over tax jail threat - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Sources close to Barcelona football star say he feels he is being singled out by having to stand trial over undeclared income

 

Lionel Messi, hailed by many as the greatest footballer of all time, may leave Spain after continuing to fall foul of the tax authorities, sources have said.

 

The player, who earlier this year agreed a new €50m (£40m) salary with Barcelona, has complained that he is being singled out for special treatment compared with other elite sports players in Spain with disputed tax affairs...

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What next for independence movements in Europe? - Future of the UK and Scotland

What next for independence movements in Europe? - Future of the UK and Scotland | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
One can imagine that the European Commission breathed a collective sigh of relief when the results of the Scottish independence referendum were announced on 19 September 2014.
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Prosecutors in Spain to charge Catalonia leader Mas - BBC

Prosecutors in Spain to charge Catalonia leader Mas - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Spanish prosecutors are to file criminal charges against Catalan President Artur Mas in response to a 9 November unofficial independence vote.

 

The non-binding vote went ahead despite fierce opposition by the Spanish government and a ruling by Spain's constitutional court.

Catalan officials say more than 80% of those who voted backed independence.

 

Charges will also be laid against Mr Mas's deputy, Joana Ortega, and Catalan Education Minister Irene Rigau.

 

The three politicians face accusations ranging from disobedience and perverting the course of justice to misuse of public funds.

When the Spanish government appealed against the autonomous north-eastern region's plans for a referendum, Spain's constitutional court suspended the vote and ordered a ban on campaigning...

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Spain files suit against Catalonia head over secession vote - Reuters

Spain files suit against Catalonia head over secession vote - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's state prosecutor will sue Catalan leader Artur Mas for defying a court ruling and holding a symbolic vote on the regions's independence from the rest of the country.If successful,...

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Let them vote - The Economist

Let them vote - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

SECESSION is a nasty business. A century and a half ago, America fought a civil war to prevent it.

 

Yet there are both principled and pragmatic reasons why the government should permit a vote. On the first, it is right to be cautious about breaking up countries, but when a region is a recognisable cultural, ethnic or linguistic entity, outright refusal to allow a vote is perverse. It would have been wrong to force Slovakia to remain in Czechoslovakia or Kosovo in Serbia, just as it was wrong for Britain to fight Irish independence. It would be just as wrong to make Flanders remain Belgian, Quebec stay Canadian or Scotland continue to be British, if a clear majority of voters preferred independence.


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But the government should let the Catalans have a referendum'

'the issue now is whether Mr Rajoy wants to treat voters as grown-ups who can be trusted to decide sensibly about their own political future. By refusing even to contemplate a referendum for Catalonia on independence, he is failing to do that.

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Catalans who want independence are being thwarted by a flawed Spanish constitution - The Independent

Catalans who want independence are being thwarted by a flawed Spanish constitution - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
These are tough times for Spanish politicians. The established parties in Madrid are mired in a corruption scandal for which Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has already been forced to apologise. And now they face a serious challenge ahead of next year’s general election from Podemos, a left-wing grassroots political start-up that was formed only in January, and that already threatens to dismantle many of the country’s political conventions.
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Catalan president facing prosecution after independence vote - The Guardian

Catalan president facing prosecution after independence vote - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Spain expected to charge regional leader Artur Mas with disobeying court order and misuse of government funds.

Public prosecutors in Spain are expecting to press charges against the president of Catalonia, Artur Mas, in the coming days after he held a vote on secession from Spain in defiance of a court injunction, court sources have said.

 

The symbolic referendum, in which 2 million people voted, was described as “a deep failure” by Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, on Wednesday...

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Catalonia calls for 'permanent dialogue' on independence, economy - Reuters

Catalonia calls for 'permanent dialogue' on independence, economy - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - The head of Catalonia's regional government Artur Mas proposed on Tuesday that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy establish a permanent dialogue over Catalan independence and raft of measures to boost its economy.

 

His proposal came after close to 2 million Catalans voted on Sunday in favour of breaking away from Spain in a symbolic consultation organised after the Spanish state blocked in courts a more formal - albeit still non-binding - referendum.

 

"I sent today a letter to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Its first objective is to invite the Spanish government to establish the conditions of a permanent dialogue," Mas told a televised news conference following a meeting of his regional government...

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Spanish yields fall as ECB bets overshadow Catalonian vote - Reuters

Spanish yields fall as ECB bets overshadow Catalonian vote - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Spanish bond yields dipped on Monday as investors shrugged off a symbolic vote on independence in the wealthy Catalonia region, focusing instead on prospects for central bank stimulus.

 

Market sentiment in the rest of Europe was broadly positive on bets that euro zone data this week would support the case for the European Central Bank to expand its asset purchases to government bonds.

 

This has fuelled risk appetite for low-rated, high-yielding debt -- even in Spain where millions of Catalans turned out to participate in Sunday's "consultation of citizens"...

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Catalan independence poll: what happens next? - The Guardian

Catalan independence poll: what happens next? - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Guardian readers in Spain on both sides of the Catalan independence debate on the unofficial independence poll - and what they think should happen next

 

Over 2.3 million Catalans took part in a symbolic independence poll on Sunday. The poll, watered down after exhaustive legal wrangling with the Spanish government, was not an formal vote, but pro-independence supporters hope that it will increase the pressure on Spain’s government to allow one.

The poll’s validity has been dismissed by the Spanish government, with the justice minister calling it “a day of political propaganda” in an official statement.

 

Here are a selection of views from Guardian readers in Spain and Catalonia, on the vote itself and and what its likely impact on the constitutional process will be...

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The best goals of the week: Lionel Messi, Hulk and Jérémy Ménez - The Guardian

The best goals of the week: Lionel Messi, Hulk and Jérémy Ménez - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Featuring a screamer from the seventh division in Poland, a team goal from Milan and a swift counter-attack from Iran
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Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum - The Guardian

Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Artur Mas has been charged with disobedience and misuse of public funds among other crimes by attorney general

 

The Spanish attorney general has charged Catalan president Artur Mas with disobedience, perverting the course of justice, misuse of public funds and abuse of power in relation to the unofficial referendum on independence held on 9 November.

 

The unofficial poll was called after the referendum scheduled for the same day was ruled illegal by Spain’s constitutional court. The court then also outlawed the unofficial vote but it went ahead anyway. Poll booths were staffed by volunteers and no civil servants were directly involved, a strategy Mas hoped would circumvent the ban...

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Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal as a teenager, says Arsène Wenger - Guardian

Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal as a teenager, says Arsène Wenger - Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Arsène Wenger has said that Lionel Messi could have joined Arsenal from Barcelona as a teenager along with Cesc Fàbregas and Gerard Piqué

 

Messi, the Argentina captain, developed into one of the world’s greatest players, but was considering a switch to England when he was 15 years old in the Barcelona academy La Masia...

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Letter from Barcelona: Inside the battle for Catalan independence - New Statesman

Letter from Barcelona: Inside the battle for Catalan independence - New Statesman | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
This crisis could have been avoided. In recent years, Madrid has run a masterclass in how not to handle breakaway nationalism.

 

Barcelona is a city draped in flags. Only a handful of windows surrounding my rented apartment in El Born – a fashionably ramshackle district close to the harbour – are flag-free. From the rest hang Esteladas, the distinctive blue-and-white-starred symbol of Catalan national sovereignty.

 

Catalonia has become increasingly polarised in recent years as requests for enhanced autonomy – consistently rejected by Madrid – have hardened into demands for outright independence from Spain. Polls suggest as many as 45 per cent of Catalans support secession, while 25 per cent favour federalism and a further 20 per cent support the constitutional status quo...

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Tossa de Mar cracks down on rowdy stag and hen parties - The Guardian

Tossa de Mar cracks down on rowdy stag and hen parties - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Tossa de Mar has banned such festivities during the August high season, and imposed strict regulations for the rest of the year

 

Tossa de Mar on Catalonia’s Costa Brava boasts beautiful beaches, seafront restaurants and a walled old town, but another increasingly common sight is exercising authorities - hordes of drunk and scantily-clad tourists celebrating stag and hen parties.

 

The town is cracking down on such festivities, banning them completely during August and slapping strict regulations on them during the rest of the year. “They come here and do what ever they want. It can’t be like that,” said the mayor, Gisela Saladich Parés...

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Lionel Messi sends mixed messages over his Barcelona future - The Guardian

Lionel Messi sends mixed messages over his Barcelona future - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Argentina captain Lionel Messi has given the strongest hint yet he could consider leaving Barcelona, saying “things can change a lot in soccer”
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Peret: Singer known as 'The King of the Catalan rumba' who worked with Manu Chao, Tom Jones and David Byrne - The Independent

Peret: Singer known as 'The King of the Catalan rumba' who worked with Manu Chao, Tom Jones and David Byrne - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The singer and guitarist Peret was known as the King of the Catalan rumba, the fusion of flamenco with South American rhythms that became a favourite of Barcelona high society at the end of the 1950s and was rediscovered by the jet set when the Gipsy Kings revived the genre in the '80s. An instrumentalist comparable to fellow gypsies Django Reinhardt, José Reyes and Manitas de Plata, he was credited with pioneering the rhythmic strumming combined with the guitar body slamming that are the trademarks of the Catalan rumba...

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Voting in their hearts - The Economist

Voting in their hearts - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

MANUEL MOLINS remembers being called a “Catalan dog” after Spain’s civil war in the 1930s. But the 93-year-old had his revenge on November 9th, when he voted for the region’s independence in Lleida, one of Catalonia’s four provincial capitals. “Catalonia is important for Spain, but they treat us badly. If they didn’t, I might think differently,” he said. Mr Molins’ vote brought no consequences. He was one of 1.9m Catalans (out of 6.3m who were eligible) to vote for independence at a mock referendum called by the region’s president, Artur Mas. The turnout of 37% was hailed as a triumph by Mr Mas and a resounding failure by his opponents....

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The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course - President Mas - The Guardian

The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course - President Mas - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Following the Catalans’ overwhelming backing for independence, Spain needs to listen and give us an official Scottish-style referendum 

On Sunday, 2,305,290 people voted at 1,317 polling stations across Catalonia, in addition to 13,573 Catalans who voted worldwide. This was a similar turnout to May’s European elections. A cross-party international delegation of observers, which included members of different European and national parliaments, stated that the vote was “conducted successfully in challenging circumstances” and they emphasised the calm that dominated every aspect of the vote.

Up to 80.7% of the voters chose “yes-yes” in answer to the two-part question of “Do you want Catalonia to be a state?” and, if so, “Do you want that state to be independent?”. Another 10% voted “yes” to Catalonia being a state but “no” to that state being independent, while 4.5% voted a clear “no” to Catalonia being a state at all.

 

The Spanish government refused all of our requests for dialogue, and instead of seeking a political solution to a political problem opted for legal tactics to block every way we tried to hold a democratic vote on Catalonia’s future. We sought to have an authorised referendum like Scotland and Quebec, and the Spanish parliament refused that. The constitutional court then suspended our call for a non-binding consultation. When we then moved to a non-binding participatory process, they likewise tried to suspend that.

 

But a huge majority of Catalans, whether in favour of independence or not, just wanted to express their wishes at the ballot box having given my government and the Catalan parliament a mandate for that in the last parliamentary elections in November 2012. Therefore, despite constant threats from the Spanish government, we were not intimidated and went ahead with our vote. If the Spanish public prosecutor is looking for someone to blame, that person should be no one else but me...

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Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano at career peaks for Upton Park return - The Guardian

Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano at career peaks for Upton Park return - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Marcela Mora y Araujo: Eight years after arriving at West Ham the two players team up again in England having forged memorable journeys in European football
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Fitch: Catalan result exacerbates independence tensions - Reuters

Fitch: Catalan result exacerbates independence tensions - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) 


Fitch Ratings' Report: Catalonia: Stalemate between Region and Central Government Creates Uncertainty here


LONDON/BARCELONA, November 10 (Fitch) The Catalan government is likely to use the result of Sunday's non-binding consultative vote to push its agenda for reform and a formal referendum, Fitch Ratings says. But fierce opposition from the central government means the process and outcome are unpredictable. About 90% of votes were in favour of a Catalan state, with around 80% in favour of an independent state. The non-binding and disputed nature of the process meant turnout was lower than it would have been for a referendum, at around 40% of eligible voters, compared with around 70% at a general election and 85% in the recent Scottish referendum on independence. We have analysed three possible scenarios for this issue in our report Catalonia: Stalemate between Region and Central Government Creates Uncertainty, published today. The most likely is that the central and Catalan governments negotiate further devolution. The precedents for this are the Basque Country and Navarre, which have large tax-setting powers and keep most of the tax they collect. The impact on Spain's sovereign credit profile would be mildly positive because it would have eased one source of political risk over the medium term - provided any eventual settlement does not compromise its fiscal strategy at general government level. We would also expect an increase in Catalonia's fiscal revenues as it is a net contributor to the central government.


This, combined with an increase in fiscal powers, would be credit positive and at least stabilise the region's rating. We believe it would address some of the structural problems resulting from the underfunding of essential public services and the reliance on cyclical fiscal revenues such as taxes on property transactions, and could be credit positive. The less likely scenario of full Catalan independence would most likely have negative consequences for Spain's sovereign rating. Even an orderly breakup of the country would pose risks to the national economy; much more so a disorderly breakup. In a disorderly breakup, in which Catalonia gained independence at the cost of leaving the European Union and eurozone, risks to both Spain and Catalonia would be exacerbated. The third scenario is a continuation of the current stalemate and uncertainty. This protracted tension could trigger some near-term deposit outflows, particularly affecting Catalan banks, increase the cost of funding and drive corporates to reduce capex in the region as a protective measure.

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Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling good enough to play for Barcelona, says Xavi - The Guardian

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling good enough to play for Barcelona, says Xavi - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling has what it takes to play for Barcelona in the future, according to the midfielder Xavi
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