• "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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Parliament's President, Carme Forcadell, together with the members of the Parliament's Bureau (by ACN)

23.02.17 - 17:12

Further lawsuits against Forcadell and members of Parliament Bureau over referendum proposal

Catalonia’s Public Prosecutor presented this Thursday a new lawsuit against Parliament’s President, Carme Forcadell and the three members of the Parliament’s Bureau which belong to governing cross-party list ‘Junts Pel...

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, adressing the press in Toulouse (by ACN)

20.02.17 - 17:00

Puigdemont urges Spanish Government to present their proposal for Catalonia

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called once again for the Spanish Government to lay their proposal for Catalonia on the table, in the case that they have one. “We do have a concrete proposal, which is clear and has been...

Close-up of the Catalan Government's Spokeswoman, Neus Munté (by ACN)

14.02.17 - 18:26

Catalan Government to keep referendum date despite TC suspension

The Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) has definitely suspended the governing party ‘Junts Pel Sí’ and radical left pro-independence CUP joint proposal to call a referendum in 2017. A decision which, according to Catalan...

Representatives of the Public Prosecutor's office and the popular accusation during 9-N trial (by ACN)

10.02.17 - 15:06

Public Prosecutor denies Spanish Government pressure over 9-N trial

The last day of the 9-N trial over the symbolic vote on independence, which took place in 2014, saw the Public Prosecutor, Emilio Sánchez-Ulled’s conclusions. “It is enough of what has been organised around this”,...

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, during his intervention in the plenary session (by ACN)

22.02.17 - 17:56

Puigdemont denies “negotiations” with Rajoy, as report assures both presidents secretly met in January

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, responded to the report published this Wednesday by the newspaper ‘La Vanguardia’ revealing that Puigdemont and Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, met secretly on the 11th of January....

Thousand marched along Barcelona in aid of refugees (by ACN)

19.02.17 - 11:58

Thousands march in Barcelona urging Spain to take in more refugees

More than 160,000 people hit the streets this Saturday in Barcelona to demand that the Spanish Government host more refugees from war-hit areas such as Syria. Demonstrators carried banners with mottos such as ‘Refugees...

Spanish Constitutional Court's building, in Madrid (by ACN)

14.02.17 - 14:35

TC suspends referendum resolution and could take further legal action against Forcadell

The commitment taken by Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, to call a referendum in autumn 2017, regardless of the Spanish Government’s position, has been definitely suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC). Although the body...

EPP MEP Csaba Sógor interviewed by the CNA (by ACN)

09.02.17 - 13:20

MEPs from all parties consider 9-N trial “counterproductive” and call for "political” solution

The trial over the 9-N symbolic vote on independence in 2014, which took before Barcelona’s High Court former Catalan President Artur Mas amongst other members of the Government has provoked reactions within and outside of Catalonia. MEPs...

Pro-independence MPs celebrate the passing of the proposal to call a referendum in September 2017 (by ACN)

21.02.17 - 14:18

Catalan executive receives TC’s notification suspending the referendum

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and the Catalan Ministers received this Tuesday the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC)’s notice informing them that the proposal to hold a referendum on independence in 2017 passed by the...

Current Spanish Minister for Home Affairs, Jorge Fernández Díaz (by ACN)

16.02.17 - 19:24

Spanish Parliament to investigate operation aimed at smearing pro-independence process

The Spanish Parliament will finally create a committee to investigate whether the Spanish Ministry for Home Affairs plotted to discredit Catalonia’s pro-independence process. According to a police report published last July, the so-called...

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

10.02.17 - 18:51

Mas at 9-N trial: “We didn’t disobey but faced up to the Spanish State”

Those summonsed over the 9-N symbolic vote on independence “didn’t disobey” the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) ban by allowing the non-binding consultation in 2014 but “faced up to the Spanish State, which was abusing...

Former Catalan Minister for Presidency and current Catalan European Democratic Party (PDCeCAT) spokesperson in the Spanish Parliament, Francesc Homs, testified before Barcelona’s High Court over 9-N symbolic vote on independence (by ACN),

08.02.17 - 18:48

Homs during 9-N trial: “We were not violating any law”

Former Catalan Minister for Presidency and now Catalan European Democratic Party (PDCeCAT) spokesperson in the Spanish Parliament, Francesc Homs, testified this Wednesday before Barcelona’s High Court, during the trial over the...

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