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Catalonia election: Abstentions expected as region goes to polls despite pandemic

Catalonia goes to the polls on Sunday for an election that Madrid hopes will unseat the region’s ruling separatists. More than three years ago they failed to break away from Spain by holding an illegal referendum. This vote could see a high level of abstentions as the country battles a third wave of the pandemic. […]

Catalonia votes as coronavirus concerns look set to dampen independence push

V oters in Spain’s politically volatile Catalonia go to the polls on Sunday in the first regional election since 2017 when a failed independence bid threatened to tear the country apart. Three years after an unconstitutional referendum and the unilateral declaration of independence that led to long jail terms for nine Catalan political leaders, separatists […]

Catalonia prepares to head to the polls for Sunday’s regional elections

Catalonia is preparing ballot boxes, votes and anti-COVID 19 measures ahead of a controversial election that comes in the midst of a third coronavirus wave across Spain. These are the fifth elections in a decade which until now have been marked by pro-independence mobilisations. But the back-drop of the elections is quite different this time. […]

Effigy of Spanish king Felipe VI set alight as tensions rise on Catalonia’s National Day

Independence supporters in Catalonia set fire to an effigy of King Felipe VI on its National Day as tensions over secession from Spain continued to simmer in the region. Separatists have gathered on September 11 by the hundreds of thousands and packed downtown Barcelona for several years, but this year the Catalan government’s health authorities […]

Going Underground – UN Independent Expert says Brussels is to lose its credibility over Catalonia

Going Underground – UN Independent Expert says Brussels is to lose its credibility over Catalonia Going Underground with Afshin We ask UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Professor Alfred M. de Zayas about the detention of Carles Puigdemont and whether its a sign of the end of […]

Ecuador cut Assange’s internet over Catalonia crackdown tweet – source close to WikiLeaks

The WikiLeaks founder, who is stranded in Ecuador’s diplomatic mission in London, found himself in a total communication blackout on Wednesday. The ire of the Ecuadorian government, which chose to leave its embassy staff without mobile connection rather than allow Assange to stay online, was triggered by the fugitive activists’ remarks on Catalan politics, a […]

Catalonia Defies Madrid – Goes to Polls to Vote for Independence

Despite various efforts by the Spanish central government in Madrid, Polls opened in the province of Catalonia. Prior to the opening of the polls today, fears were palpable that the vote could lead to confrontations between demonstrators and an estimated 5 million – with some 17,000 police deployed to “maintain public order.” Madrid opposed election […]

Separatists & unionists face off in election that could decide Catalonia’s future

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the election in October after the Catalonian government in Barcelona declared its independence following an illegal referendum. Spain responded by suspending the region’s autonomy and firing its government.   The vote will be divided along the region’s separatist and unionist party lines. The pro-independence parties are the Together for […]

We discussed EU and Europol, not Puigdemont and Catalonia, claimed Charles Michel

nsnbc : Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met on the sidelines of the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg, […]

Catalonia Sees Second General Strike In A Month

Catalonia sees its second general strike in just over a month on Wednesday, November 8, after the Spanish Superior Court in Catalonia ruled on Tuesday that the stoppage could go ahead. It is the second such protest in little more than a month, after the successful general strike on October 3 to protest Spanish police […]

Where Catalonia’s Secession Movement Goes Now

Above Photo: Thousands chanted slogans outside of Spain’s police headquarters to protest the violence that marred the referendum vote on October 3, 2017 in Barcelona. (Flickr/Sasha Popovic) As tension increases in Catalonia, there have been calls for widespread civil disobedience against the Spanish government. Even the recent referendum itself, along with its 2014 precursor, have been described as acts […]

Referendum Blues Redux: Kurdistan, Catalonia and Israel

BFFs: Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani making plans with Israeli leader Bibi Netanyahu. Dr Can Erimtan21st Century Wire Identity Politics and the Spectre of Micro-Nations The recent referenda that have taken place in Spain (1 October 2017) and Iraq (25 September 2017) have managed to upset the status quo considerably. The first referendum did […]

Catalonia’s deposed President Carles Puigdemont and four Ministers released from bail in Belgium

nsnbc : Deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdmont and four of his also deposed ministers were released with conditions in Belgium on November 5 after […]

CATALONIA – 4 Jewish things you need to know about Catalonia

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Catalonia’s leaders should be jailed pending probe – Spain’s state prosecutor

The prosecutor’s office requested the jailing of Catalonian Vice-President Oriol Junqueras and seven other officials charged with rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds, while the probe is ongoing, La Vanguardia reports. The prosecutor requested, however, that counselor Santi Vila, who resigned from government before Catalonia declared independence, be released on bail of €50,000. On […]

Catalonia’s Puigdemont vows to respect December 21 election in Brussels speech

Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, Puigdemont reiterated his support for democracy and peaceful resistance to Madrid’s pressure on Catalonia. He said he arrived in the Belgian capital to put the issue of Catalan independence “in the heart” of the European Union. Puigdemont said he and his government, which has been sacked by the central government […]

Spain’s constitutional court cancels Catalonia declaration of independence

READ MORE: Catalonia’s Puigdemont vows to respect December 21 election in Brussels speech The news came as Catalan President Carles Puigdemont was giving a speech in Brussels, his first since Madrid filed charges against him and he fled to Belgium. Earlier the Spanish attorney general filed a lawsuit against the secessionist leaders over their push […]

Catalonia independence ruled out, but more autonomy possible – Spanish FM

“I rule out full independence but not necessarily more autonomy, even if they are now already one of the regions with the highest powers and competencies not only in Spain, but in the world at large,” Alfonso Dastis told the Associated Press (AP).He emphasized that the snap elections scheduled for December 21 “will be held […]


MADRID SEIZES CONTROL OF CATALONIA AFTER INDEPENDENCE DECLARATION October 27th, 2017 Via: AFP: Spain was plunged into crisis Friday as Madrid seized power from independence-seeking Catalonia, the first curtailment of regional autonomy since the brutal dictatorship of Francisco Franco. After regional lawmakers voted to […]

Catalonia Independence: Rajoy Dissolves Catalan Parliament

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is dissolving the Catalan parliament and calling snap elections after MPs there voted to declare independence. Mr. Rajoy said the unprecedented imposition of direct rule on Catalonia was essential to “recover normality”. He is also firing Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his cabinet. The crisis began when Catalonia held an […]

Catalonia and Spain Enter Dangerous Uncharted Territory

Today was one of the strangest days of my life. I woke up in a constitutional monarchy called Spain and will go to bed, the same bed, in a newly proclaimed republic. Catalonia’s impossible dream has finally come true, but it could be extremely short lived, and it could have very damaging long lasting […]

Spain & Catalonia headed for a collision course

The Catalan crisis is nearing its culmination as Madrid and Barcelona make bold moves against each other, increasing the possibility of a violent conflict and “tanks on the streets” of Catalonia, politicians and analysts warn. Friday’s events in Spain represents the rubicon – with the Catalan Parliament unilaterally declaring independence and […]

Spain tries to impose Francoesque rule after Catalonia declared independence

nsnbc : The central government of Spain on Saturday moved to seize direct control of Catalonia, sacking its government institutions and police chief a day […]

Catalonia’s parliament to decide on independence: Carles Puigdemont

nsnbc : Carles Puigdemont, president of Spain’s Catalonia region, said on Thursday that independence from Spain will hang on a decision by the parliament […]

‘Catalonia likely domino effect – up to 45 new counties in Europe’

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Spanish government announces plan to seize power in Catalonia, remove elected government

Yesterday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to remove the democratically elected regional government of Catalonia and replace them with direct rule by the national government in Madrid. The Catalan independence movement gained strength as Rajoy’s government took a series of escalating, authoritarian steps to prevent an independence referendum, culminating in […]

VIDEO: What’s Really Happening to Catalonia – Subversion, Balkanization

What is happening in “Cataluña, Spain” and in the rest of the world, is exactly what Michael Black exposes in the following video. Today’s cover of Russian Television, controlled by Putin published ‘Breaking News’ which read:  CATALAN PARLIAMENT: SPANISH GOVERNMENT MEASURES ARE A ‘COUP’. Wasn’t he supporting the ‘unity’ of Spain? Why this […]

Spain: Catalonia To Be Abolished

The Spanish government declared on Saturday that Catalonia is to be completely abolished and its parliament will be absorbed into The Congreso de los Diputados. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said at a press conference Saturday that Catalonia will be administered directly from Madrid and has called for a snap election to restore order in the region. […]

Madrid Imposes Direct Rule Over Catalonia


Spanish Cabinet holds emergency meeting on Catalonia on Saturday

nsnbc : The central government of Spain is holding an emergency Cabinet meeting Saturday to deal with the political crisis caused by the Catalonian […]

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