"Intellectuals can’t tolerate the right to decide by one section of what they regard as Spain precisely because they regard it as Spanish"
Ten years ago we saw the prelude of a triple crisis (national, political and economic) that changed our society. New political parties and social movements arose in response to it.
Ahead of the joint Yes campaign kick-off date on September 15, the four pro-independence parties and the two main grassroots groups have started their own individual campaigns to woo all voters
From now on, regional governments are left totally defenceless
Minister Rull confirms the Catalan government intends to invoke the referendum law even if the Spanish Constitutional Court repeals it
The Court's interpretation of the Constitution is key to understanding the current support for independence in Catalonia
On the matter of the industrial action by Barcelona airport’s security staff, Aena has washed its hands to the point of neglect
Pro-independence groups and political parties will hold three main events, with Barcelona city hosting the largest
If, eventually, the referendum on independence slated for October 1 (1-O) is not held, it will be the end. But perhaps more for Spain than for Catalonia
In the last three years the number of trading companies in Catalonia has risen more sharply than in the rest of Spain
In an interview with Bloomberg, the president of the Generalitat says the best way to avoid jail is for 1-Oct to be "a success"
The European weekly mentions Catalonia as one of the six crises that could spoil the EU’s summer
Rajoy files constitutional complaint against Catalan Parliament’s new rules for fast-tracking independence legislation
The Spanish Prime Minister says he doesn’t “know” whether the Catalan government has already purchased the ballot boxes for the independence vote and points out that only president Puigdemont has the power to call a regional election in Catalonia
64 per cent of respondents claim they intend to vote, with Yes leading by four points overall
Rajoy’s Partido Popular finds no support to help draft the conclusions of the probe into Spain’s “patriotic police”
The European Commission insists on the need to avoid complacency despite sound economic growth
Some of the tricks used by Barcelona city’s pickpockets and basic security tips to minimise the risk of being robbed
The Speaker of the House, Ana Pastor, tells the Catalan president that parliamentary rules only allow him to address the Spanish chamber if the Catalan parliament submits a bill for approval and she invites him to appear before the Senate instead.
In their manifesto, they emphasise that they won’t be stopped by "any political or legal hurdle" the Spanish state might put in their way
Carles Puigdemont could not be seen whenever the other political leaders were on camera, with only king Felipe and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy appearing as the main dignitaries. This fact alone speaks volumes
Here’s what you never contemplate: terrorism. Having to cure someone (or being unable to do so) after someone else willingly hurt them
It is unusual for a democracy to see a call to abstention as a means to win a vote, but it can happen if the rules of the game provide an incentive to do so
In 2007 —nearly a decade ago—, then-president José Montilla warned about the “disaffection” with Spain and its institutions that was brewing among Catalan society
How can Rajoy advise against political action when he spends all day accusing the Catalan authorities of doing nothing for the Catalan people?
"Aena manages 46 airports in Spain and passenger security checks are outsourced to three contractors: Eulen handles twenty-one airports, while Prosegur and Ilunion provide the same service in the rest"
EMA will find in Barcelona the main hub of biomedical research in southern Europe
The current impasse in the relations between Spain and Catalonia has its origin in an unfortunate, useless contempt
Those who claim that they would only accept a referendum in Catalonia under terms agreed with Spain find it fantastic that there is no such agreement in Venezuela
Catalonia’s independent process leaps from one crisis to the next but it survives
Extraordinary events occur within an apparent normality and this is what we are all going through at the moment
Giving up the Basque Country was a luxury; Giving up the Catalan contribution was unthinkable. Madrid was perfectly aware of this at the time, as it is now
To accept only a negotiated referendum when one of the indispensable parties has no intention of agreeing, means granting them the power of veto
Mobilization requires a leap of faith in the ability of the independence movement to navigate what may turn out to be a raging storm
A sum of efforts would allow Barcelona to take a leap forward as a reference in scientific research and the pharmaceutical industry
Barcelona has a serious housing problem. It would be a good idea to create incentives for landlords to set rental prices close to some reference price index, as long as it is reasonable. Intervention in the market would be useless
The escalation of the Catalan crisis has allowed Rajoy to pretend he is less isolated than he appears: everyone except Podemos opposes Catalonia’s self-determination