• "Unacceptable" says Catalan President about Spain’s use of favors to force international opposition

    Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, responded angrily to the confirmation from former Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García Margallo that the Spanish Government had pressured other governments to give statements against Catalonia’s pro-independence process. “It’s unacceptable,” he said and called for Margallo to explain which commitments he made, under whose authority and “what favors Spain owes” in exchange for these position statements. According to Puigdemont, Margallo’s confession proves the Catalan Government’s claims that the Spanish State “is doing everything in its power” so that Catalan representatives “are not received, listened to, or taken into account”. “I hope that the Spanish political system is democratically mature enough to demand an explanation from Mr. Margallo in Parliamentary session,” he added.

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Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, at his office (by ACN)

24.03.17 - 13:26

"Unacceptable" says Catalan President about Spain’s use of favors to force international opposition

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, responded angrily to the confirmation from former Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García Margallo that the Spanish Government had pressured other governments to give...

CUP MPs during the budget for 2017 vote in the Parliament (by ACN)

22.03.17 - 13:31

Parliament passes 2017 budget, which foresees allocation for the referendum

The pro-independence parties in the Catalan Chamber, governing cross-party ‘Junts Pel Sí’ and radical left CUP have passed the 2017 budget. The bill has been described as the last budget of the autonomic period, since it...

GUE / NGL MEP, Gabriele Zimmer, addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg (by ACN)

17.03.17 - 14:20

MEPs consider Catalan independence vote sentencing “reprehensible” and “worrying”

Former Catalan President, Artur Mas, former Catalan Vice President Joana Ortega and former Catalan Minister for Education, Irene Rigau have received severe fines and have been banned from public office for allowing the 9-N symbolic vote on...

Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, presented the APPG on Catalonia at Westminster Parliament (by ACN)

15.03.17 - 12:32

Romeva at Westminster: “There is more interest in discussing the Catalan question here than in Spain”

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) created in the British Parliament was officially inaugurated this Tuesday by the Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva.  “This is what we would like other parliaments, such as...

Former Catalan Minister for Presidency and PDeCAT MP in the Spanish Parliament, Francesc Homs, testifying before Spanish Supreme Court (by ACN)

23.03.17 - 15:09

Mas former right hand man also banned from public office over independence vote

Former Catalan President Artur Mas’ right-hand man, Francesc Homs, has been sentenced to a 1 year and 6 months ban from holding public office for allowing a symbolic vote on Catalan independence to take place on November 9, 2014. The...

Former Catalan President, Artur Mas, former Catalan Vice-president, Joana Ortega and former Catalan Minister for Education, Irene Rigau, before entering Barcelona's High Court (by ACN)

21.03.17 - 14:22

Catalan leaders sentenced over independence vote say fundamental rights violated

The sentences regarding the November 9th, 2014 vote on independence, including hefty fines and a ban from public office of the main political leaders responsible, may violate fundamental rights say the lawyers of former...

SNP MP, George Kerevan, chairman of the APPG on Catalonia (by ACN)

16.03.17 - 18:07

British MPs defend Catalonia’s democratic right to call a referendum

An ‘Early Day Motion’ on Catalonia’s right to hold a referendum has been presented this Thursday to the House of Commons. Titled ‘Democracy in Catalonia’ the petition calls on the British Government “to...

Former Catalan President, Artur Mas, former Catalan Vice-president, Joana Ortega and former Catalan Minister for Education, Irene Rigau, before entering Barcelona's High Court (by ACN)

15.03.17 - 08:44

Mas, Ortega and Rigau could show the world “how weak democracy is in Spain”

Catalan Government Spokeswoman, Neus Munté, referred this Tuesday to the Constitutional Court’s decision to ban from public office the political figures responsible for the 9-N symbolic vote on independence, which took place in...

Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo

23.03.17 - 13:56

Spain compelled other governments to oppose Catalonia’s independence

Former Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García Margallo, admitted that the Spanish Government pressured other governments to give statements against Catalonia’s pro-independence process. “Nobody knows...

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont and Catalan VP, Oriol Junqueras during a meeting (by ACN)

20.03.17 - 14:08

Catalan President and VP to Spanish President: We won’t give up on referendum

‘Let dialogue win, let the ballot boxes decide,’ reas the title of the joint editorial this Sunday in Spain’s principal daily, El País, written by Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, and Catalan Vice President, Oriol...

Spanish Constitutional Court's President, Francisco Pérez de los Cobos, left office this Wednesday (by ACN)

15.03.17 - 18:49

“Political dialogue urgently needed,” says Spanish Constitutional Court President in resignation speech

The Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) one of the legal bodies responsible for suspending the most initiatives aimed at executing Catalonia’s pro-independence roadmap in the last few years, replaced its president this Wednesday. Francisco...

Former Catalan President, Artur Mas and former Catalan Ministers Joana Ortega and Irene Rigau leaving Barcelona's High Court (by ACN)

14.03.17 - 14:24

Catalan MEPs report “disgraceful and anti-democratic” 9-N sentence to the European Parliament

Catalan MEPs from left wing pro-independence party ERC Josep Maria Terricabras and Jordi Solé, and Ramon Tremosa, representing the Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT) sent a letter to the 751 members of the European...

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