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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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A Parallel Catalan Universe

A Parallel Catalan Universe | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

I read John McTernan’s latest Scotsman column – an account of a recent trip to Barcelona – in a state of wide-eyed disbelief. According to McTernan, Spain’s economic crisis is acti...

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Spain rejects referendum request for Catalan independence -

Spain rejects referendum request for Catalan independence - | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has rejected a referendum request from the Catalan leader regarding the northeastern region’s independence from the country.
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Spain has let Catalonia down, now it must let it go

Spain has let Catalonia down, now it must let it go | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Francesc Homs: The government in Madrid stands in the way of an independent Catalonia. We march on our national day for a referendum
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Letters from Catalonia: Part 1 | National Collective

Letters from Catalonia: Part 1 | National Collective | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

If Scotland ignores the Catalan process we will miss out on a story from which we have so much to learn. Worse, we would be ignoring our friends in their time of need.

If Scotland ignores the Catalan process we will miss out on a story from which we have so much to learn. Worse, we would be ignoring our friends in their time of need. - See more at: http://nationalcollective.com/2013/09/10/letters-from-catalonia-part-1/#sthash.Ro37AMSg.dpuf
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Spain: human chain for Catalonia independence referendum

Spain: human chain for Catalonia independence referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, AUGUST 23 - A 400-km human chain reaching from northern to southern Catalonia will be formed to call for a referendum on the region's independence, on the initiative of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC).


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Catalonia is Not Spain - and it is Not Scotland Either

Catalonia is Not Spain - and it is Not Scotland Either | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Spain's richest region deserves independence - and comparisons between Glasgow and Barcelona do no-one any favours, say Nuria Biosca and Cristina Cots.
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SCOTLAND AND CATALONIA

SCOTLAND AND CATALONIA | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
There's a little church and it's in one of Barcelona's many pretty little squares. Like many historic building in central Barcelona the walls are pock-marked with the many bullets that were dischar...
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Attorney general moves to fire Catalonia’s chief prosecutor for referendum remarks

Martín Rodríguez Sol said sovereignty vote was legitimate but it lacked any recognized legal framework
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Kim Evans's curator insight, March 7, 2013 9:47 PM

chief prosecutor fired for referendum remarks

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54.7% of Catalans would support independence from Spain in a referendum according to a poll

54.7% of Catalans would support independence from Spain in a referendum according to a poll | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The latest political poll issued by the Catalan Survey Centre (CEO), published every three months, shows that 54.7% of those interviewed would vote “yes” in an independence referendum, while 20.7% would vote “no” and 17.0% would abstain.

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Wings Over Scotland | On Catalonia and Scotland

This is a letter sent to the Scotsman this week, as yet unpublished by the newspaper, in response to this. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission.

    SIR – I have read David Maddox’s article on Scotland and Catalonia (19th February 2013). As a Catalan that has lived and worked in Scotland for many years and also as a former Representative of the Government of Catalonia to the UK, I was surprised by the contents of the article.

    The relations between Scotland and Catalonia have traditionally been excellent and since devolution they have become even better. How would you otherwise explain the lessons learnt from the Catalan political system when designing the devolution settlement for Scotland?; or the Scottish and Catalan governments Protocol of Cooperation signed in 2002?; or the symbolism associated with the fact that the Scottish Parliament was built by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles?; or even the extremely successful visit of the First Minister Salmond to Catalonia just a few years ago? These are powerful statements of friendship between two countries.

    Catalans, and the rest of the world, know that Scotland is at the most important crossroads of the last 300 years. Now it is time for Scots to decide the future of its nation. We wish Scotland and its people well and we are very pleased to see that Scotland’s future is in the best possible hands.

    Xavier Solano i Bello
    Tiltman Place
    London

Peter A Bell's insight:

Another wee slap for The Scotsman.

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White House responds to request for support of Catalan referendum on independence from Spain

White House responds to request for support of Catalan referendum on independence from Spain | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The White House responded on Saturday to a petition that asked Washington to support the right of the people of Catalonia to decide on what future “is best for
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Catalonia leader decided on referendum

Catalonia leader decided on referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The leader of Spain’s Catalonia has expressed his determination to hold referendum on nationhood.
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Madrid threatens to block Barcelona’s ‘illegal’ independence bid

Madrid threatens to block Barcelona’s ‘illegal’ independence bid | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Madrid has warned Catalonia that it has the sufficient means to block the fugitive region’s “illegal” plans for a self-determination referendum, as two Catalan political giants unite to pursue their battle for independence.
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The Scottish media and half-truths about Scotland, Catalonia and the EU

The Scottish media and half-truths about Scotland, Catalonia and the EU | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

On Tuesday the Scotsman newspaper reported that Joaquin Alumnia, vice-president of the European Commission, had warned that an independent Catalonia would be forced out of the EU and would have to re-apply for membership, the paper implied this would also apply to Scotland.

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David Macgille-Mhuire's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:00 PM

"Half-truths"? A polite euphemism for out-right lies and pro-unionist distortions.

Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, September 18, 2013 4:35 PM
Can I add blatant fibs!?
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Parallel journeys

Parallel journeys | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, as many as 1.6 million Catalans formed a 250-mile-long human chain stretching from Catalonia's northern border with France to its southern periphery.
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Catalan News Agency - “Plebiscite” election in 2016 if Spain refuses to allow a referendum in Catalonia

Catalan News Agency - “Plebiscite” election in 2016 if Spain refuses to allow a referendum in Catalonia | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Catalan President, Artur Mas, argued on Thursday that “plebiscite-style” elections should be held in 2016 – when the current term finishes – if the Spanish government does not allow the independence referendum to take place next year. In an interview with Catalan radio, Mas said he aims to finish the term and would prefer not to have to call early elections. Mas is waiting for an answer from the Spanish government about the possibility of organising a referendum next year.


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Exclusive - Catalonia may hold indy ref days before Scotland votes

Exclusive - Catalonia may hold indy ref days before Scotland votes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The ERC (Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya - Republican Left of Catalonia), the second largest in the coalition of pro-independence parties governing Catalonia, is urging that the date of the country's independence referendum be brought forward to the first fortnight in September 2014.


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Spain asserts constitutional differences between Catalonia and Scotland

Spain asserts constitutional differences between Catalonia and Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Spanish foreign minister José Manuel García-Margallo has reasserted the constitional differences between Scotland and Catalonia and has again stated that Spain would refuse to recognise any unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalans.


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Catalonia may hold its indy referendum before Scotland

Catalonia may hold its indy referendum before Scotland | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The ERC, the second party in the pro-independence coalition governing Catalonia, is urging its coalition partners the CiU to bring forward the date of Catalonia's independence referendum.

 

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Madrid fights Catalan independence vote

Madrid fights Catalan independence vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The Spanish government said on Friday it planned to challenge a bid by the Catalonia region to hold a referendum on breaking away from Spain.
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Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014

Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014 | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Catalonia took a step towards independence last month, announcing plans for a referendum on the region’s status within Spain.
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David Maddox: SNP wins no friends by snubbing the underdogs

David Maddox: SNP wins no friends by snubbing the underdogs | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
THERE was a sense of betrayal among some of the guests at the annual dinner held by the Catalan Delegation in London last month.
Peter A Bell's insight:

We do not, of course, expect impartiality from David Maddox. But if we may not feel entitled to hope that his analysis might at least be rational then surely his employers have a right to expect that much. They must be feeling rather cheated today.

The leaders of the various independence movements referred to in the article are not the petulant children that Maddox evidently takes them for. They are, for the most part, hard-headed political operators well aware of the realities of the world in which they move. Not being intellectually crippled by British nationalist fervour, they will readily recognise the reasons for Salmond's caution.

Not being blinded by the rosy mist of a pseudo-religious faith in British exceptionalism, they will clearly see the danger in allowing their opponents the resort of facile comparisons between different independence movements. Comparisons in which the strengths of one case will inevitably be portrayed as the weakness of another, and the susceptibilities of any argument be represented as a common defect.

There is strength in unity. But the price may be vulnerability. It is important that diverse independence movements, in Europe and beyond, be as one in upholding the fundamental principle of self-determination. Beyond that, each must be mindful of its own circumstances and develop arguments appropriate to its history, its present condition and current constitutional status.

While all these independence movements are heading for the same destination, they are not all starting from the same place. Each will have to travel its own path. Alex Salmond certainly recognises this. I see no reason to suppose that Xavier Solano i Bello, Pauline Marois and others are not similarly aware.


Which leaves David Maddox.


But perhaps I'm being overly charitable in assuming that the observational and analytical deficiencies of this article are explained by the benign if, from an employer's perspective, inexcusable inadequacies of its author. Perhaps what we see here is an ambitious attempt by David Maddox to drive a wedge  between the Scottish and the Catalan independence campaigns, as well as others. If so, we have to wonder at the monumental arrogance of some rent-a-hack on a newspaper in a state of terminal decline imagining that his puny, puerile scribblings might affect the course of international affairs in any way at all.

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Catalonia declares intent to hold independence referendum

Catalonia declares intent to hold independence referendum | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
The unilateral law passed by Catalonia’s parliament today in effect embarks the Spanish region on a path to independence from Madrid.
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Catalonia to Create Institutions for Independence Before 2014

Catalan President Artur Mas pledged to create the institutions needed for an independent state next year as he prepares for a referendum on secession from Spain.

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