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Coalition waters down draft bill on Catalan vote

Coalition waters down draft bill on Catalan vote | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

THE wording of a resolution on independence has again been watered down as Catalonia’s political leaders attempt to win wider support when the issue is debated in the regional parliament next week.

The word “independence” and the aspiration to be a “new European state” have already been dropped from the draft which now simply calls on the Generalitat to ratify the right of Catalans to decide their own political future and commits to a referendum by 2014.

The declaration also includes a clause committing to mobilise and organise a popular movement in favour of self-determination, including “civil disobedience if obstacles are placed before the will of the people”.

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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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Defiant Catalans push ahead for independence referendum - Daily Telegraph

Defiant Catalans push ahead for independence referendum - Daily Telegraph | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Catalonia’s government vows to defy Spanish state by holding referendum on independence, expressing regret that Scotland did not set a separatist precedent for the European Union

 

The Spanish government faces a major constitutional crisis in the coming weeks as Catalans set on breaking away from Spain push ahead for their own referendum on self-rule.

 

Artur Mas, the president of the Catalonia’s regional government in Barcelona, insisted on Friday that the Catalans would fight the full weight of Spanish state to hold their own “consultation” after the Scottish vote has "shown the way"...

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Scottish Independence: Catalonia Pledges Allegiance at Holyrood During Voting Time - IBT

Scottish Independence: Catalonia Pledges Allegiance at Holyrood During Voting Time - IBT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
IBTimes TV caught up with Catalans which flew to Scotland to support Scots

 

Scots have only a few more hours until polling stations close but for separatists from Catalonia, the process of having an independence referendum is merely a dream at the moment.

 

In a bid to support Scots, who are voting for or against independence, many flew to Scotland for just a few days, to pledge allegiance to fellow unionists.

 

Speaking to IBTimes TV, Sergi, 21, Josep, 23, and Tomas, 24, revealed their hopes for Catalonia breaking away from Spain.

They said that if Scotland breaks the 307-year old union with Englad, it may foster more support from the European Union to help their plight for independence.Catalonia is an industrial and commercial titan in Spain and pays far higher taxes than any other regional community.

 

It accounts for over 20% of Spain's GDP, and only 8% is ploughed back into it by the state...

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Scotland chose best option, says Spain's PM as Catalan campaign continues - The Guardian

Scotland chose best option, says Spain's PM as Catalan campaign continues - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Mariano Rajoy says Scotland avoided 'serious consequences' of separation, but Catalans say they want chance to vote

 

Scotland has avoided the "serious consequences" of separation, the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has said, hours before Catalan MPs are to vote on an independence referendum stridently opposed by Madrid.

 

In a video statement that avoided any mention of Catalonia, Rajoy expressed his content with the outcome in Scotland and took aim at the Scottish independence movement. "With their decision, Scots have avoided the large economic, social, institutional and political consequences that separation would have brought," he said.

"Yesterday they chose between segregation and integration. Between isolation and being open. Between stability and uncertainty. And they chose the best option for everyone – for themselves and for Europe."

 

The remarks come on a key day in the push for Catalan independence. On Friday afternoon, MPs in the region will pass a law to allow a non-binding vote on independence to take place as planned on 9 November. The central government has repeatedly insisted that any kind of vote on independence in the region would be illegal...

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This year's National Day of Catalonia was one big independence blowout - Vice

This year's National Day of Catalonia was one big independence blowout  - Vice | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Everyone's hyped ahead of November's (illegal) referendum.

 

It’s Thursday morning and I feel horrendous. Last night, on the eve of the National Day of Catalonia, we joined revellers watching the 17th-century music and dancing (as well as some weird street theatre) in Barcelona’s Gothic and Ribera districts. I drank quite a lot, as you tend to do when there’s music and dancing going on around you, and now have dim recollections of attempting to teach my local friends the lyrics to “Three Lions”, perhaps swept up in the patriotism of the occasion. 

 

I’d expected to spend the early hours of today trying to counter my intermittent bouts of alcohol sweats with slurps from the tap. Instead, I was woken at what felt like sunrise by my friend Anna: “Come on – it’s La Diada…”

 

As we wander through the crowds, looking for a place to watch the parade, there seems to be only one means of coping with the situation. I reach into my bag and grab an Estrella. “It's 10 in the morning,” says Victor, one of our group, disapprovingly. Ignoring his advice, I try to offer some cans around. Everyone gives me the kind of look I'd expect to see at the beginning of an intervention. “It’s not that kind of festival,” whispers Anna...

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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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Catalonia approves independence vote - BBC

Catalonia approves independence vote - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Catalonia's parliament votes to give its leader the power to call a secession consultation, a move the Spanish government has criticised.

 

Catalonia's parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving its regional president the power to call an independence "consultation".

Spain's government opposes the Catalan "consultation" vote and is taking the dispute to the Constitutional Court.

 

The move comes a day after Scotland voted against independence from the United Kingdom.

Catalan President Artur Mas said Scotland's referendum had "shown the way" for Catalonian independence.

 

He is preparing Catalonia for a similar vote on 9 November, with large-scale support for independence from Spain.

Catalonian lawmakers voted by a margin of 106 to 28 in favour of authorising the consultation...

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Catalonia call independence vote despite Scottish 'no' - Reuters

Catalonia call independence vote despite Scottish 'no' - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region said on Friday he would defy Madrid to hold a non-binding independence vote in less than two months, saying his people deserved the same right to determine their future as Scots who voted to stay in Britain.

With its own language and culture, and a long-standing pro-independence movement that has gathered momentum in recent years of economic hardship, Catalonia has sought a referendum on independence similar to the one held in Scotland on Thursday.

 

Unlike London, which allowed the Scottish vote, Madrid says even a non-binding referendum would violate the Spanish constitution and has pledged to block it in the courts.

 

Spanish political leaders, including centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Socialist opposition leader Pedro Sanchez, hailed the Scottish "no" vote and said the outcome demonstrated the value of unity for Spain.

 

The government opened the door on Friday to revising how Spanish regions are financed but said any such move would not be linked to the Catalan independence movement...

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Catalan president says will sign decree to call independence vote - Reuters

Catalan president says will sign decree to call independence vote - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - The president of the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, Artur Mas, said on Friday he would sign a decree law to call a Nov. 9 vote on independence from Spain, in a move vigorously opposed by Madrid.

 

"I will sign the decree for the consultation in Catalonia, in fact I will call this consultation for Nov. 9 as agreed some months ago with the majority of Catalan political forces," he said, adding the Scottish 'no' vote was not a setback for Catalonia.

 

(Reporting By Sonya Dowsett, Editing by Sarah White)

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Fact and friction in Catalonia’s quest for independence - FT

Fact and friction in Catalonia’s quest for independence - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lines have been drawn, imaginary or not, in a sham debate in which neither side hears the other I’m in a Scottish-themed bar in Barcelona, staring at the tartan-patterned chairs, listening to an old Phil Collins tune and waiting for Javier Cercas. There are just days until the Scottish referendum and the Spanish writer has suggested Bar Escocés to talk about Catalonia’s own secession plans. I am wondering if his choice is deliberate, whether he’s creating a scene from one of his novels...
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