• "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.

Politics

A packed room listens to President Carles Puigdemont in the European Parliament (by ACN)

26.01.17 - 18:18

MEPs urge the EU to find a “democratic solution” for Catalonia

The European Union has a role to play in resolving the current stalemate in Catalonia, according to some of the MEPs that attended on Tuesday the Catalan President’s talk in the European Parliament. “This is a European issue, I have no doubt...
The leader of the PP in the European Parliament, Esteban González Pons (by ACN)

23.01.17 - 14:39

PP compares Catalan talk in the European Parliament to event “in a bar”

The Spanish People’s Party (PP) attacked on Monday the talk to be given by Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, in the European Parliament, saying it is going to be unsuccessful. The leader of the PP group in Brussels, Esteban González Pons,...
Catalan MEPs want to be able to use the Catalan language in the plenary (by ACN)

19.01.17 - 18:30

Tajani urged to keep his word and allow Catalan in the European Parliament

Catalan MEPs asked the new president of the European Parliament, the European People’s Party’s Antonio Tajani, to maintain his promise and make it possible for them to speak Catalan in the plenary. During the electoral campaign for the chamber...
Spanish Government Vice President and Minister for Territorial Administrations, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (by ACN)

16.01.17 - 14:39

Spanish Government sees referendum as 'democratic abnormality' and vows to fight it 'firmly'

Spanish Vice President, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, considers Catalonia’s push for a referendum a “democratic abnormality” since it is not allowed by the Spanish Constitution. In this vein, she warned...

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, during his speech in the European Parliament (by ACN)

25.01.17 - 09:58

Puigdemont: “Europe cannot look the other way”

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, urged the European Union to “be part of the solution” to the Catalan situation and engage in a conflict that has now become “a European problem”. In a packed room in the European Parliament on...
Former Catalan President, Artur Mas, together with Catalan Government's Spokeswoman, Neus Munté and other representatives joined Francesc Homs on his way to the Court, last September in Madrid (by ACN)

20.01.17 - 19:19

Spain’s Supreme Court to try Francesc Homs over 9-N vote

The judicial process against Catalan politicians that helped to organise the non-binding consultation on independence on the 9th of November 2014 continues. The former Catalan Government spokesman and MP for the Catalan European Democratic Party...
Voter casting their vote at a polling station (by ACN)

18.01.17 - 18:42

Government to guarantee electronic referendum vote for those living abroad

Catalan Minister for Public Administration, Meritxell Borràs, assured that Catalans abroad will be able to vote electronically in the independence referendum, to take place next September. “If it is referred to in the...

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, the Vice President and Minister of Economy, Oriol Junqueras, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, with the Catalan Parliament President Carme Forcadell (by ACN)

16.01.17 - 08:32

Puigdemont to explain the Catalan Referendum in the European Parliament

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, the Vice President and Minister of Economy, Oriol Junqueras, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, will visit Brussels on the 24th of January to defend the...

The Catalan President Carles Puigdemont with the Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister, Alfonso Dastis (by ACN)

23.01.17 - 20:14

Puigdemont in Brussels to defend Catalonia’s right to hold an independence referendum

Catalonia is seeking an agreement with Spain to celebrate an independence referendum but if Madrid continues to refuse to negotiate, the vote will go ahead anyway in 2017. This is the message that the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, will...
The conference 'What is going on in Catalonia? Reassessing self-determination in Western Europe', organised by the Diplocat in Bavaria (by Diplocat)

19.01.17 - 18:57

Diplocat argues that Germany would deal with a case like Catalonia’s “more intelligently” than Spain

“Tactfully, intelligently and with an open mind”. This is how German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German institutions would react if they have to face a political conflict such as the Catalan one, according to the Secretary General of the...
Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, during his conference this Monday (by ACN)

17.01.17 - 15:30

Puigdemont: “2017 will mark the start of a new era for Catalonia”

“2017 represents the end of the pro-independence process and will mark the start of a new era for Catalonia”. This is what Carles Puigdemont proclaimed on Monday during a conference held a year after being instated as Catalan...

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, during an interview with Catalunya Radio (by ACN)

12.01.17 - 20:51

Government “can’t continue” without passing the budget, Puigdemont warns

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, insisted this Thursday on the importance of passing the budget for 2017. If the bill, which will be put to vote in February, doesn’t receive the required support in the Catalan Chamber, “the...

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