Carme Forcadell: “No crec que l’Estat ens inhabiliti: 
 Aquesta cambra farà les coses ben fetes”

Carme Forcadell, indicted

A court of law has agreed to consider the Prosecutor’s accusations against the Catalan parliament’s Speaker of the House, who has been charged with contempt and neglect of duty

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, i el vicepresident, Oriol Junqueras

Catalan government accuses Madrid of "supressing" free speech

Munté criticizes that they wish to prosecute Forcadell while Fernández Díaz acts "with impunity"

El cònsol honorari de Letònia, Xavier Vinyals, en una imatge recent.

Latvian MEPs from various parties slam Spanish government for excluding consul

Conservative, socialist and green MEPs call minister Margallo’s decision “horrible”, “ludicrous” and “clearly out of tune with the 20th century’s democratic standards”

El president Puigdemont i el vicepresident Junqueras durant la sessió de control d’aquesta setmana al Parlament.

Catalan Government financed Spain to €4.23bn during recession

The Catalan executive will receive over €1.6bn in 2017 from the 2015 settlement

, a espatlles dels seguidors a la Monumental

PP battles to preserve ever less popular celebration

The Spanish Constitutional Court overturns the Catalan ban on bullfighting, a tradition followed by less than 10% of Spaniards

TC overturns Catalonia’s bullfighting ban

Spain’s Constitutional Court [TC] considers the ban infringes on the state’s powers, since bullfighting is intangible cultural heritage. The decision was not unanimous, however: three judges opposed the ruling

Amadeu Altafaj durant la conferència que va impartir ahir a Barcelona.

Spanish embassy tries to disrupt Catalan independence event in Belgium

A Spanish diplomat introduced herself as a university student at an event with the Catalan government’s representative

El president va defensar que Catalunya  Vol ser independent però europea.

Puigdemont decries Catalonia's legal defenselessness

During his stay in Paris, the Catalan president says a referendum can be held without changing the Spanish Constitution

El cònsol honorari de Letònia, Xavier Vinyals, en una imatge recent.

Exclusion of Latvia’s consul: unprecedented gesture in a democracy, reserved for major conflicts

Spain will take away Xavier Vinyals’ diplomatic credentials for hanging a Catalan secessionist flag on Catalonia’s National Day

El president del govern espanyol, Mariano Rajoy, durant la declaració institucional sobre Catalunya i el 9-N / EFE

Rajoy asks TC to overturn Parliament’s resolution on indy referendum

He also requests Prosecutor to consider whether to press criminal charges against Speaker Forcadell

El líder d'ERC, Oriol Junqueras, després de la signatura de la convocatòria de la consulta. / CRISTINA CALDERER

VP Junqueras: there will be "multilateral" negotiation on Catalan independence

The Catalan Vice-President believes that Margallo's proposal to improve regional financing is a "personal opinion" not shared by Madrid’s PP government

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont

Puigdemont criticizes Rajoy for responding to negotiation offer with legal challenges

President of the Generalitat warns that Madrid’s appeals will not stop "the will of the people"

Un centenar de persones s'ha concentrat davant les portes de l'Ajuntament de Badalona

Badalona City Council accuses the Spanish Government Delegation of "bad faith"

Nine councillors attended the hearing at the administrative court. They were applauded as they arrived and departed

Puigdemont would consider including Madrid’s proposal “against independence" in a negotiated referendum question

“A constitutional reform or better financing" could increase the 'no' vote, claims the President of the Catalan Government during breakfast with media in Madrid

Joseph E. Stiglitz : “No seria un problema que el deute creixés fins al 150% del PIB”

Stiglitz: an independent Catalonia would be economically viable

The Nobel Prize winner also believes that Catalonia’s secession would have “far-reaching” political consequences all over Europe

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TC partially strikes down Catalonia’s Equality Law

The Court has suspended the articles that regulated equality schemes at work, sexual harassment and equality officers in the workplace

Moody’s: growth in Catalonia unhampered by independence bid

Rating agency expects public deficit to shrink in Catalonia, following GDP hike

Carme Forcadell el dia que va prendre possessió del càrrec de presidenta del Parlament / PERE VIRGILI

TC asks public prosecutor to bring criminal charges against Speaker of Catalan Parliament

The public prosecutor’s office had already declared itself sympathetic to bringing charges of contempt against Carme Forcadell

Carles Puigdemont i Benet Salellas (CUP) parlant a l'hemicicle

JxSí, CUP agree to hold independence referendum no later than September 2017

Their document clearly states that the vote will be held “regardless” of Madrid’s position on the vote

La 1 va emetre dissabte una corrida de toros des d'Albacete

TC debates draft ruling that would reinstate bullfighting in Catalonia

Proposed ruling would be based on the idea that a ban on bullfights falls within the authority of the Spanish government and not the Generalitat’s

Artur Mas ha comparegut al costat d'Irene Rigau, exconsellera d'Ensenyament, i Joana Ortega, exvicepresidenta

Mas: “It’s an honour to be tried for having listened to the people. I’d do it all again”

Former Catalan president Artur Mas states that he “was consistent” with the people’s demands and compares the Spanish government’s reaction to General Franco’s regime

El president Mas, a la sortida del TSJC / PERE VIRGILI

Prosecutor demands 10-year suspension for Mas following vote on November 9

Former Catalan president Artur Mas has been charged with disobedience and willful neglect of duty. Ministers Joana Ortega and Irene Rigau may also be barred from holding office.

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, al Parlament

Puigdemont: "If Spain agrees to allow the referendum, it can be delayed; we can negotiate the date"

The President of the Generalitat explained on RAC1 that he doesn't want to set a minimum turnout, but he will not accept a result with 75% abstention

Moncloa to Puigdemont: "National sovereignty is unconditional, period”

Spanish vice president Sáenz de Santamaría claims that "we will always be there” when it comes to money matters

Carles Viver Pi-Sunyer, president de l’Institut d’Estudis de l’Autogovern, és el principal assessor del president per a la desconnexió.

How to secure the vote without Spain’s permission

Law for legal transitoriness to provide legal framework

La seu del Tribunal Constitucional, a Madrid.

Spain’s Constitutional Court lifts suspension on Catalonia’s vacant flat tax

The Catalan law remained suspended since last May

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El PP i Ciutadans volien recuperar 2.800 milions no pagats en l’amnistia fiscal, però és difícil que Montoro els obtingui.

Two out of three Catalans consider Spanish state’s policies recentralising and harmful

According to a survey by Catalonia’s Centre d'Estudis d'Opinió (Centre for Opinion Studies), 60% of Catalans believe that the taxes paid by Catalonia to the state are “excessive” with respect to the services that it receives.

Fernández Díaz considera “lamentable” que la primera comissió d’investigació  al Congrés en 12 anys sigui contra el ministeri de l’Interior.

Spanish parliament corners Fernández Díaz for Operation Catalonia

All parties except the PP back launching probe into Interior Ministry maneuvers

L’exalcalde de Barcelona Xavier Trias s’ha querellat contra el diari ‘El Mundo’ i Fernández Díaz.

Reports, fake accounts, and other attacks against the independence process

Since 2012, Spain has sought out scandals involving Catalan pro-independence leaders

Artur Mas i Joana Ortega, la nit del 9 de novembre del 2014, explicant els resultats de la consulta.

Rajoy proposed a deal in return for not going to court over 9-N

On the condition that Catalan president Artur Mas did not make a public appearance on polling night


'When they treat you like a criminal’

"The Catalan claim —which comes after exhausting every possible pact— is a question of dignity, of common sense and of present and future well-being”

The persistent reality of foreign investment in Catalonia

In the worst years of the recession and at the heights of enthusiasm for the independence process, Catalonia has gone from attracting a quarter of the total foreign investment arriving in Spain to attracting almost a third

Spanish press ignores Puigdemont's Madrid trip, focuses on Trump instead

Only La Razón’s editorial deals with the Catalan president's event, stressing that no Spanish ministers were in attendance

Pablo Casado, a Génova / EFE

PP to Puigdemont’s proposal for a negotiated referendum: "no, no and no"

Casado reiterates that the PP will continue to fight the independence ‘process’ in court: "this is not a caretaker state"

Before democrats, first they’re Spanish

Nowhere in the free world would anyone approve of sending out police and judges in response to a demand supported by over half the population, such as going to the polls.

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The Bípex-35 and catalano-dependence

Aznar stripped away the stigma from latent catalano-phobia and turned it into electoral business

Una urna electoral

A referendum without additives or artificial coloring

If Spain is capable of facing the Catalan question head on, it could negotiate how to hold a referendum. Otherwise, the referendum will be called under new Catalan law a year from now

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, ahir al Parlament. Va intervenir des de la tribuna de l’hemicicle després de la votació dels comptes.

The vote of confidence: "The final screen"

"Arrimadas warned against frustrated expectations, and it's true --that is a risk. But more serious than frustrated expectations is frustration with the present"

Només es perd una maleta de cada 100.000 maletes processades

Travelling, you understand nationalism

All nations face the challenge of maintaining the sense of belonging that makes us citizens


"Sánchez’s move is a desperate one and he is a weak leader who has had to endure two painful defeats at the polls and an unsuccessful confidence vote"

On the Mercè’s opening speakers: a city and a country for everyone

Thursday’s opening speeches represent two very real Barcelonas, capable of living side by side and building a common future

Uber manté conflictes amb els actors tradicionals i amb els seus propis conductors.

Rifkin in Catalonia

Like any visionary Rifkin is overly naive and he wants us to move too fast

19/09: compulsory languages

If one truly believes that the authorities cannot force one to learn a language, one cannot accept Article Three of the Constitution

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The judge is right: there are no close precedents

Europe doesn’t understand the disdain leveled at Catalans by the Spanish government

No solution without a referendum

What is sometimes referred to as the "Catalan problem" is also, to a lesser, yet increasing extent, something of a problem for the international community, too

Echegaray and the Catalan embassies

The Spanish government thought it inappropriate for a writer in Catalan to win the Nobel

La V de la Diada, una estona abans de les 17 h, a la Gran Via, a l'altura de Comte Borrell / FRANCESC MELCION

My guide to this year’s National Day

This September 11 is no longer about "pressuring the government", but rather about conveying the assurance that everyone will stand their ground until the very end

El president del govern espanyol en funcions, Mariano Rajoy, respondrà avui a les sis  condicions que va fixar Albert Rivera a canvi del sí dels seus 32 diputats.

United by loathing

C's define themselves as liberal. However, no liberal would prohibit a referendum like Catalonia has proposed

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Spain’s flimsy excuses for its rampant deficit spending

Once again, Spain will fail to meet the deficit spending target set by Europe for 2016

The Catalan language and the unending refrain

With their pact, the PP and Ciudadanos are using English to trick us into reversing the process of language immersion

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N’hi ha prou?

Is it enough?

The political agreement between Spain’s Partido Popular and Ciudadanos has one glaring omission: it does not provide any solutions to the Catalan problem

UN 2013 FLUIX  Els hotelers de Barcelona han notat una caiguda de la demanda.

Barcelona according to Japanese tourists

The city from before the 1992 Olympics and the "Get beautiful" campaign is very different from today's Barcelona

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Joaquim Rodríguez, al podi de la Vuelta diumenge a Madrid

Purito Rodríguez is Spanish --it says so on his ID

TV3 committed an unforgivable sin: Joaquim Purito Rodríguez, a member of Spain’s cycling team for the Rio Olympics, was identified using a Catalan flag.

Rajoy va anar a la Zarzuela com a líder del PP, però va fer les declaracions al Palau de la Moncloa

The dangerous trend towards the return of the two Spains

The same leaders who don't know how to negotiate among themselves to form a government also don't know how to reach an agreement with Catalonia

Montoro no ha aclarit encara com fer que RTVE resolgui el dèficit estructural que té, superior als 100 milions d’euros.

Fish or fishing rods?

In the case of the Catalan fiscal deficit, neither is it destined for the poorest territories nor are they supported by the richest

Motius per a l’optimisme

Reasons for optimism

In Catalonia the electorate is showing signs of maturity and, therefore, it might be better prepared for independence than we tend to think

Carme Forcadell el dia que va prendre possessió del càrrec de presidenta del Parlament / PERE VIRGILI


The Parliament's decision: politics vs. courts of law

Sooner or later, whether through negotiation or along the journey towards disconnection that has now begun, the end result will be a referendum

El Parlament, en el moment de votar les conclusions de la comissió del procés constituent

Meanwhile, in Catalonia ...

The pro-independence majority in the Catalan parliament has broken away from the Spanish project and renounced any participation in the country’s regeneration

Rajoy només va assistir al cara a cara entre Montoro i Sánchez al Congrés pels pressupostos generals per al 2015.

Why is Catalonia’s fiscal deficit so irksome?

Borrell is so blatantly wrong that I can't believe that he could be confused

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