Catalan independence

Prime mover behind Spanish anthem protest gets €7,200 fine

Madrid’s Audiencia Nacional has found Santiago Espot guilty of two counts of outrage and affront to the Crown

Spain’s Supreme Court indicts more independence leaders, including former Catalan president Artur Mas

On January 4 the Spanish court will decide whether Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras must remain in custody. The prosecutor has asked that Jové and Trapero be indicted.

Pro-independence parties still rule the waves in Catalonia

With the highest turnout in history (over 80 per cent) the pro-independence bloc has won again, renewing its overall majority but falling short of attaining 50 per cent of the popular vote

Santamaría boasts of having "decapitated" ERC and PDECat, rallies PP voters to "continue liquidating separatism"

Spain’s Deputy PM says the PP not only know how to "make speeches", they also know how to govern

Spain’s Supreme Court asks lawyer for a €6,000 deposit to bring charges against judge Lamela

Asensio wants to charge the National Court judge responsible for the 1-O case with neglect of duty

Junqueras, Sànchez sanctioned for sending political messages from prison by phone

Both sent voice messages recorded in Estremera and Soto del Real

A highly charged atmosphere

Could one imagine 4 politicians remanded without bail for their ideas anywhere else in the eurozone?

Only 12% of companies have completed the transfer of their headquarters

Although almost 3,000 had begun the process, as of the end of November, only 332 companies had actually completed it

The separatists are to blame

Only 332 companies have so far applied to relocate their headquarters

"I didn’t realise they were Guardia Civil; one hit me in the face and the others in the ribs and kidneys"

The Barcelona resident, who remains on sick leave, says that what began with him telling off a group of plainclothes officers for pulling down an estelada flag, ended in bruises to his head and torso

Objective: Resistance

Spanish officer in Born bar brawl is riot police chief inspector

The officer, who was part of the police deployment to block October 1st referendum, has 250 riot police under his command

December 8: Committed

Elections are won with votes. The debate is won with commitment.

Unyielding

Some 45,000 people travelled to Brussels to show their support for the President of the Generalitat and his Ministers

The spirit of the Constitution: from a good fit to “Let’em have it!”

The Constitution’s wording is ambiguous and pliable, open to a range of interpretations

An explosion of arbitrariness

There is no silent majority, but a Spanish nationalist bloc that will stop at nothing

They can’t get away with calling us violent: we are not

“Junqueras, Forn, Sànchez and Cuixart are not violent types”

Strokes of yellow

Solving would require a political strategy to rethink Spain’s model and its ties with Catalonia

Madrid invokes Article 155, sacks staff of Catalonia’s offices abroad

Catalan Foreign Ministry “considered” possibility of new assignments, but most staff are to lose their jobs despite being on permanent contracts

Only 2.1% of political pundits support independence on Spain’s public TV, 55.4% on Catalonia’s

Catalonia’s Media Standards Council shows lack of political plurality affects mainly Spanish TV

MEPs protest at the "hurdles" Spain erects to stop them visiting the jailed ministers

They declare the response from the Spanish authorities to be "extremely serious"

On the origin of the sovereignty process in Catalonia

Madrid received many warnings that cutting back the Catalan Statute would provoke a profound crisis

Barcelona city takes down banner supporting political prisoners

Partido Popular and Ciudadanos ask for prohibition to be extended to yellow lights in public fountains

The fable of the gullible fool

"Sometimes he thinks that he could have been born British or Norwegian and lived in a solid democracy where you can decide without collective drama"

Article 155: a digital gag rule against foreign action

The body known as Diplocat was tasked with explaining Catalonia’s reality to the public opinion abroad

The reckless bias of Spanish media when reporting on violence

Any allegedly separatist graffiti is more newsworthy than an actual physical assault

Reus Mayor, three councillors in court hearing about petition against police violence on 1 October

Three CUP councillors, also called to give evidence, failed to appear in court

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