• Bernhard von Grünberg (by Helle Kettner)

    Longtime German MP urges Europe to intervene in the Catalan question

    “It is absurd to take pro-independence politicians to court, because it only fuels support for independence. It looks like the State wants the conflict,” said German politician Bernhard Von Grünberg incredulously in an interview with the CNA. Von Grünberg advocates Europe’s role in the resolution of the stalemate between Catalonia and Spain, a state, which according to him, is getting closer and closer to an authoritarian system. “As European democrats we cannot look the other way with the excuse that we already have enough conflicts, and just watch while Spain reverts to an authoritarian system,” said the German Socialist, who has been MP in the Land of North Rhine Westphalia for 12 years and was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic. “We need a more democratic Europe,” Von Grünberg determined. He takes the stance that the lack of historical memory in Spain is one of the reasons for the current political deadlock. Von Grünberg is also president of the rental law association of his land (German federal district). He supports the local rental law association in Barcelona to help create a more attractive legal framework for rental housing in Spain in order to promote more equal social and economic growth in Europe. On Wednesday, June 28, he will receive an award from APPEC, the Association of Catalan Periodicals, in Barcelona for his social and political involvement.

Politics

Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, at the Government headquaters in Barcelona (by Rafa Garrido)

07.06.17 - 16:30

Referendum date and question to be announced on Friday

The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and the Catalan Government’s vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, will announce the date and the question they have chosen for the Catalan referendum on Friday morning at the Government headquarters in...
Aerial shot of the National Pact for the Referendum meeting (by ACN)

06.06.17 - 22:04

The National Pact for the Referendum doesn't take a position on a unilateral vote

The National Pact for the Referendum (PNR) executive committee, a group of eight people which has coordinated the body during the last six months, has dissolved. The body made the decision public after this Tuesday’s meeting, in which the...
The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, in Parliament (by ACN)

03.06.17 - 12:56

Venice Commission demands "agreement" on Catalan referendum

An independence referendum in Catalonia should be carried out "in agreement with the Spanish authorities", according to the Venice Commission. The president of this international body, Gianni Buquicchio, confirmed in a letter to the Catalan...
The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, in Parliament (by ACN)

31.05.17 - 16:47

Catalan President seeks Venice Commission role in referendum

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, has sent a letter to the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission in order to seek its “collaboration” for the celebration of an independence referendum in agreement with Spain. Puigdemont informed the...
Ballot box (by ACN)

07.06.17 - 11:39

Experts say Catalan question must be faced to “avoid another front of instability” in Europe

“Sooner or later all European countries as well as their common institutions will be called to take a stand on this issue,” say experts and journalists in a joint statement, published on Tuesday in Catalonia in favor of holding a referendum on...
More than 3,000 people attended the National Pact for Referendum's event at Barcelona 'Palau de Congressos' (by ACN)

05.06.17 - 20:29

The National Pact for the Referendum convenes after Spain's 'no'

The spokesman of the executive committee of the National Pact for the Referendum, Joan Ignasi Elena, said it is now up to political parties and institutions in Catalonia to decide the details of how and when to organize an independence referendum....
The spokesperson for the Spanish government, Iñigo Méndez Vigo (by Roger Pi de Cabanyes)

02.06.17 - 19:57

“The force we'll use to stop the referendum is the rule of law”

“The force we'll use to stop the referendum is the rule of law,” announced Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, spokesperson for the Spanish government on Friday. With this statement, Méndez de Vigo answered the Catalan president’s request for Mariano...
The leader of the PP in the European Parliament, Esteban González Pons (by ACN)

31.05.17 - 10:09

Spain's PP urges Estonia to show "determination" against Catalan independence

The Spanish MEP Esteban González Pons asked the Estonian government to stand firm against Catalan independence during its upcoming EU presidency. During a meeting of the leaders of the European Parliament's parliamentary groups with Prime...
First Secretary of the Catalan Socialist Party, Miquel Iceta (by Maria Belmez)

07.06.17 - 11:31

EC vice president discusses “difficult” Catalan situation with socialist leader

The First Secretary of the Catalan Socialist Party, Miquel Iceta, met with Frans Timmermans, the First Vice President of the European Commission, on Tuesday in Brussels. In declarations to the press, the Catalan socialist leader noted the...
Daniel Kahl during his interview with the CNA in Barcelona (by CNA)

05.06.17 - 18:49

“It’s my free opinion,” says German Barça fan, denied access because of independence flag

“There is no football for you today,” said the Spanish policeman to Daniel Kahl, a German Barça fan, after denying him access to the Copa del Rey final at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid. In an interview with the CNA, Kahl said that he...
Andreu Marqués is manufacturer of ballot boxes (by ACN)

02.06.17 - 18:56

"We are not afraid," says ballot box manufacturer

The lawsuit against the Catalan Government for opening a public tender for the supply of ballot boxes for the referendum is not scaring off manufacturers. The head of projects at Plastic Express, one of the two companies that is bidding, said on...
Alfons Clavera, lawyer and IDHA vice president (by Júlia Perez)

30.05.17 - 18:30

Andorra to investigate Spanish “coercion” to frame Catalan officials

The Human Rights Institute of Andorra (IHDA) and the Catalan rights association ‘Drets’, have filed a joint complaint before the courts in Andorra against four Spanish police officers who were part of the alleged smear campaign of the Spanish...
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