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Carles Puigdemont: This is not just about Catalonia. This is about democracy itself


An article about the position of Puigdemont in which, the former catalan president, has spoken about what he thinks about the crisis in Catalonia. In this article he has shown a terrible picture of the situation. Affirming that “Catalonia is right now the only territory in the European Union that has been denied the supreme law its citizens voted for; the parliament that its citizens elected; the president that this parliament elected; and the government that this president appointed in the exercise of his powers. Acting in an arbitrary, undemocratic, and in my view, unlawful manner, the Spanish state decided to dissolve the Catalan parliament in the middle of the legislative term, to dismiss the president and the Catalan government, to intervene in our self-government and the institutions that the Catalans have been building in our nation for centuries” he has emphasized the image of the Spanish Government as an authoritarian one and the image of a central government that is persecuting the leaders of the pro independence movement.


China supports Spanish unity amid Catalan independence declaration


China Monday voiced support for the Spanish government’s effort to maintain national unity after the Catalan parliament declared independence Friday. “China’s stance on this issue is consistent and clear. China regards it as a domestic affair of Spain and understands and supports the Spanish government’s effort to maintain national unity, ethnic solidarity and territorial integrity”, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said when asked for comment at a regular news briefing held in Beijing. “China opposes moves to split the country and breach the rule of law and believes Spain is capable of protecting social order and citizens’ rights within the legal and institutional framework”, Hua said. China has developed friendly cooperation with Spain in various areas based on the principles of respect for each other’s sovereign and territorial integrity and non-interference in domestic affairs, the spokesperson said.

Spanish PM dissolves Catalan parliament and calls elections


Simon Hunter has followed for El Paìs, the situation in the Country since the morning of 27 October. In the evening it has appeared a summary in which he has affirmed that: “Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called elections in the Catalan region for December 21, after having removed the regional premier and his government from their roles. The Catalan parliament has been dissolved. All of these measures have been taken under Article 155 of the Constitution, the invocation of which was approved today by the Spanish Senate.”. The situation in the Country is quite tense, after the declaration of independence of Catalonia. During the morning the Parliament of Catalonia has started the process to approve a law to regulate the transition and the foundation of the Republic. After some hours there has been the reply by the central government, with the activation of article 155.

Why Spain is right to defend its democracy in face of Catalonia crisis


According to the Dublin-based lawyer Isabel Foley there is the need to defend the Spanish constitution for several reasons. In her dissertation the Lawyer express her point of view through different points. Beginning with the recognition of the excessive violence of the police during the referendum, she recognizes also that this violence has been used by the separatists themselves to show a picture of Spain as an Authoritarian country. The second point of her dissertation regards the Constitution, defined as a “democratic document negotiated in 1978”, and in this part she explains the Constitution itself and that there is not a dictatorship in the Country. The article shows also, at point 3 and 4, two other main points. The first one regards the prohibition of secession, according to constitution, and the second one illustrates how the same Constitution of Spain gives a great autonomy to Catalonia and to its Parliament. The last two points emphasize how the Constitution can’t be “torn up by the illegal and seditious acts of a tiny minority of its people – a minority too of the people whom the Catalan separatists purport to represent.” and that the parties have to dialogue between each other, but, at the same time, the Central Government has the duty to protect the unity of Spain.

Huge leak of companies in Catalonia beacause of the fear of independence and boycott


In Catalonia the situation after the referendum is tense and, now, there are a lot of enterprises that are going away from the region and other ones that are starting to think to change their site. Between them there are CaixaBank, Sabadell, Gas Natural and Service Point.

Outcome of the referendum: 1-O


The government has published the outcome of the referendum. The situation in Catalonia is heterogeneous but, in general, the outcome has underlined a 43,03%,  (2.286.217 electors that have voted) and, among them the yes has reached the 90,18% and the no 7,83%.

Merkel and Juncker’s telephone conversation about Catalan crisis


According to Reuters an EU official has affirmed that  there has been a call between Merkel and Junker, following a summit on relations between the EU and India, to discuss the current situation in Catalonia, according what might happen in this week. There is a great concern in Europe concerning the possible consequences of what is happening in Spain to Spanish economy (fourth in the euro zone). From Europe Spain and Catalonia have to achieve a political agreement.

France against the independence of Catalonia


According to Odoxa Dentsu Consulting poll for Le Figaro, there is an huge debate in France regarding the situation in Catalonia. The general idea concerns the fact that an independence would be something risky for Spain and in General for Europe. The majority of the french people thinks that the referendum has to be taken into consideration but the results are not binding for everyone since the referendum was anti-constitutional (for 47%). FN has approved the referendum (+63%), while for En Marche there is only the 40% approving it.

Enver Hoxhaj: “Kosovo cannot be compared to Catalonia”


Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister, Enver Hoxhaj, said at a press conference on Tuesday that Kosovo cannot be compared to Catalonia, because Serbia committed ethnic cleansing. He said that Kosovo was part of the Yugoslav Federation before the nineties, “but the regime which had also the support of the current President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, who was the second person of the Serbian Radical Party, led by Seselj, followed the policy of ethnic cleansing”.


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