• Novembers 9 vote

    On the 9th of November, Catalans were called to participate and give their opinion about independence from Spain. After the ban from the Spanish authorities of the original consultation vote that was agreed on among a wide majority of the Catalan Parliament, the Catalan Government launched an alternative participation process that replaced the original one, although it also took place on November 9 and offered Catalans the chance to answer the original question.  The two-part question was "Do you want Catalonia to become a State? If yes, do you want to become an independent State?" By answering with a double "yes" to the question, citizens back independence from Spain. Those voting "yes" to the first part and "no" to the second back a Catalan State within a federal or confederated Spain. Finally, those voting "no" oppose going beyond the current Autonomous Community model and therefore they support the current 'status quo' or they want recentralisation.

'Democràcia i Llibertat's MP and former Catalan Government's spokesman, Frances Homs, testified before Catalonia’s Supreme Court (by ACN)

14.03.16 - 18:56

The Catalan Government sees as “very worrying” the decision to send the 9-N case to the Spanish Supreme Court

The Catalan Vice president and Government Spokeswoman, Neus Munté, told CNA that the case against the celebration of the 9-N participatory process should already be “closed”. “It is a political trial”, she criticised after the Catalan...
A table collecting signatures backing the international complaint on 9 November (by ACN)

19.01.15 - 23:50

1.4 million Catalans signed international complaint against Rajoy for banning self-determination vote

The document will be sent to the United Nations, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The Spanish Government “violates the Catalan...

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, assessing the Executive's work during 2014 (by R. Garrido)

13.01.15 - 17:46

Catalan President: the self-determination process has “to continue and end well”

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, assessed on Tuesday the Executive’s work during 2014, which he found to be “positive” overall, although he admitted there are still many people in great need and many social...

Artur Mas (left) and Oriol Junqueras after a meeting they had in the Catalan Parliament in December (by ACN)

09.01.15 - 21:43

Catalan President proposes 3 electoral scenarios to left-wing independence leader

The President of the Catalan Government and leader of the centre-right pro-Catalan State coalition CiU, Artur Mas, has sent a letter to the President of the opposition left-wing pro-independence party ERC, Oriol Junqueras, in which he has...

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, holding his conference at Columbia University in New York (by M. Belmez)

09.04.15 - 22:24

Catalan President hopes EU countries will convince Spanish PM to negotiate split, says Bloomberg

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, is on a visit to the United States to talk with think tanks, investors and media. Mas held a conference at Columbia University on Wednesday evening in which he stressed the democratic...

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, a few weeks ago (by La Moncloa / ACN)

15.01.15 - 21:37

Rajoy: early elections in Catalonia show the Catalan President’s “failure”

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, who is also leader of the conservative and Spanish nationalist People’s Party (PP), strongly criticised the announcement of early elections made by the Catalan President, Artur Mas, the evening...

The Catalan President, Artur Mas (right), with leading members of the CiU on Monday (by P. Mateos)

12.01.15 - 21:34

Catalan President and left-wing independence party have not yet reached an agreement on early elections

After weeks of negotiations, the President of the Catalan Government and leader of the centre-right pro-Catalan State coalition CiU, Artur Mas, and the President of the left-wing pro-independence party ERC, Oriol Junqueras, have still not...

Citizens pleading guilty in Girona for the symbolic vote held on 9 November, in solidarity with the Catalan President's prosecution (by ACN)

08.01.15 - 21:12

Supreme Court backs Catalan President’s prosecution for “disobeying” ban on independence vote

Catalonia’s Supreme Court (TSJC) has stated that there are “signs” that the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas; the Vice President, Joana Ortega; and the Education Minister, Irene Rigau, “did not obey”...

Spain's Constitutional Court, based in Madrid (by ACN)

25.02.15 - 22:47

Constitutional Court bans Catalan Law on Consultation Votes and call for original independence vote

Spain’s Constitutional Court has ruled against the Catalan Parliament’s Law on Consultation Votes, approved in September, and the President of the Catalan Government’s Decree calling for a consultation vote on independence on...

A group photo of Wednesday meeting's participants (by R. Garrido)

14.01.15 - 22:55

Catalans to have ‘de facto’ referendum on independence via early elections on 27 September

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, has announced early elections to be held on the 27th of September this year, which will become a ‘de facto’ referendum on independence from Spain. Before then, the...

Marta Rovira, the ERC's 'number 2' (by R. Garrido)

09.01.15 - 22:21

Left-wing pro-independence ERC partially accepts Catalan President’s proposal for early elections

The left-wing pro-independence party ERC has accepted the last proposal put forward by the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, to run separately in early elections but with a large part of civil society representatives and...

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, during the New Year speech (by J. Bedmar)

30.12.14 - 22:59

Catalan President calls for pro-independence supporters to pull together

“Unity gives us strength as a country”, stated Artur Mas, President of the Catalan Government, in the New Year’s official speech, which is broadcast annually on 30 December. Mas emphasised that “the [Spanish] State wants...

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