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  • Catalonia - view from Madrid

    10/14/2017 7:55:42 AM PDT · by bboop · 26 replies
    personal correspondence ^ | 10.11.17 | self
    The president of Catolonia has now taken back his illegal declaration of independence. If he didn't, he would have been arrested or the government would have sent in the national guard. Anyway, now he wants to negotiate over the next two weeks. Here in Madrid, everyone is annoyed with Catalan, there are Spanish flags hanging everywhere which mean that they want unity. Most people here think Catalan is acting very stupid. I don't usually contribute my opinion about it because I don't know enough about the history. But my roommate sais that Catalan is not perfect, they are not innocent...
  • Spain asks Catalonia: Did you declare independence or not?

    10/11/2017 11:01:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/2017 | By Pamela Rolfe and James McAuley
    MADRID — Spain’s prime minister on Wednesday asked the head of the secession-minded Catalonia region the question that no one can seem to answer: Did he declare independence or not? The query reflected more than just confusion. Clarity on Catalonia’s position is critical for Spain to map out its next move — including possible harsh measures against Catalonia if it proclaims itself a sovereign nation. The uncertainty comes after the region’s president, Carles Puigdemont, told the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on Tuesday that Catalonia had the right to be an independent country, citing a disputed referendum last week that showed...
  • Let Them Leave

    10/11/2017 4:58:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | October 11, 2017 | John Stossel
    The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England. So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing? Recently, people in Catalonia voted to break away from Spain -- not to declare war on Spain or refuse to trade with Spain, just to control their own affairs. The Spanish government said they must not even vote. They sent police to shut down polling places and beat protestors into staying off the streets. Governments never want to give up power. The European Union was offended and American politicians shocked when the United Kingdom voted...
  • Spain braced for possible Catalonian independence declaration

    10/10/2017 4:52:38 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/10/2017 | James Badcock
    The Spanish government warned Carles Puigdemont "not to do anything irreversible" on Tuesday, ahead of a scheduled address in which the Catalan president may declare independence. Uncertainty remains over whether Mr Puigdemont will risk a head-on conflict with the Spanish government by openly proclaiming a new Catalan republic when he speaks at at 5pm BST, or back down from his promises and pave the way for negotiations with Madrid. "We call on Puigdemont not to do anything irreversible, not to pursue a path of no return and not to make any unilateral independence declaration, which would lead to illegality," government...
  • Catalonia wants to secede because of Economics, very high taxation and more.

    10/09/2017 9:20:25 AM PDT · by Stasiu · 11 replies
    Quora ^ | Sep 12 2014 | Simon Harris
    Catalonia suffers a tax deficit with respect to the Spanish state of around 8% of its GDP which in 2010 amounted to €16,000,000,000 of Catalan taxes that were paid to Madrid and not reinvested in Catalonia. This makes Catalonia the most highly taxed region in Europe and its schools, health services, roads and infrastructures are suffering in comparison to supposedly poorer regions of Spain. Furthermore, many decisions taken by central government have negative effects on the local economy. Here are two examples.
  • Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MP's independence move

    10/05/2017 2:14:41 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/5/2017 | BBC
    Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday's session of the Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence. The court said such a move would be a breach of the constitution...... The court's ruling on Thursday upheld a challenge not from the government in Madrid, but by the Socialist's Party of Catalonia.....
  • The Basque Solution: Will Spain break up? And should Americans care?

    10/05/2017 8:17:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/05/2017 | Mike Konrad
    Like vultures, the worldwide press is starting to celebrate the anticipated disintegration of Spain. The Catalans are determined to go.  Considering that Catalonia is the richest province in Spain (by absolute numbers), Spain would suffer an economic hit should Catalonia go. However, always alongside the separatist Catalans are the Basque, who have the highest per capita output in Spain – but only one third the population base.  Navarre Province (which is heavily Basque in the north) came in second per capita in 2010.  Madrid was a mere third per capita, but much of that is artificial wealth, because the national bureaucracy...
  • Spain sends in ARMY to Catalonia as it pushes region to brink over referendum

    10/04/2017 11:38:58 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 66 replies
    Express ^ | Oct 4, 2017 | JON ROGERS
    SPAIN has sent two convoys of troops into Catalonia in a move that is likely to anger the regional parliament. Troops from the Logistic Support Group 41 (AALOG 41) who are based in Aragon were told of their move at about 7pm last night. The exact number of soldiers is not known but according to the newspaper El Confidencial, two contingents of troops are being sent in 20 trucks. It is understood their orders are to provide logistical support to the Guardia Civil and national police still stationed in the region. The appearance of troops is likely to be seen...
  • Go Big or Go Home

    10/04/2017 11:07:24 AM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Steyn On-line ^ | October 4, 2017 | Mark Steyn
    As a general proposition, I would prefer to maintain the territorial integrity of the Dominion of Canada. But, if Quebec - or parts of Quebec - wished to secede, I would recognize their right to do so. Likewise, I would have preferred to maintain the 1801 borders of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, but parts of Ireland felt otherwise - as was their right. Though the fiercer nationalists might feel otherwise, the Irish benefited from a particular historical moment: 1922 was the era of the nation state, but not yet the welfare state. By the time the...
  • Catalan referendum: Region's independence 'in matter of days'

    10/04/2017 5:15:09 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/4/2017 | BBC
    Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has told the BBC. In his first interview since a disputed vote on Sunday, Carles Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next". Meanwhile, Spain's King Felipe VI said the vote's organizers had put themselves "outside the law". He said the situation in Spain was "extremely serious", calling for unity. Tensions between Spain and the north-eastern Catalonia region continue to mount, days after the vote was marred by violence involving national police. The Spanish...
  • Barcelona's Strong Ties to Radical Islam

    10/03/2017 8:34:50 PM PDT · by bboop · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 8.20.2017 | Giulia Paravicini
    Barcelona’s strong ties to radical Islam A quarter of those arrested in Spain for having jihadist ties in recent years were in Catalonia. By GIULIA PARAVICINI 8/18/17, 8:44 PM CET Updated 8/20/17, 12:57 PM CET The choice of Barcelona as a target for terrorists came as little surprise to security experts in Spain and elsewhere in Europe because of Catalonia’s links to jihadists and Salafism, a radical form of Islam. Catalonia has been the main hub of jihadist recruitment in Spain for more than a decade and radical Islamists consider it to be occupied land that should be part of...
  • Spain Terror Attacks Put Muslims in Catalonia under Harsh Spotlight

    10/03/2017 8:30:16 PM PDT · by bboop · 3 replies
    NBC ^ | August 21, 2017 | Brinley Bruton
    BARCELONA, Spain — As authorities hunted the driver who plowed into a crowd in the Catalan capital, Barcelona, some have expressed concern that the region's large Muslim population puts it at particular risk from Islamic extremism. An ISIS-affiliated news agency said the terror group took responsibility for the van atrocity, which killed 13 people including an American, and for related attacks that have rocked the area since Thursday. Police believe they have dismantled a terror cell, and have raided an apartment belonging to a Muslim cleric. The father of two of the suspected terrorists involved in the attacks said his...
  • The Islamic Republic of Catalonia

    10/03/2017 8:24:04 PM PDT · by bboop · 22 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | Octobet 12, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    A successful push for independence in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia would lead to the establishment of a country with the third-largest percentage of Muslims in Western Europe, just behind France and Belgium, and far ahead of Britain and Germany. An independent Catalonia, with its capital in Barcelona, would also be home to the largest concentration of radical Islamists in Europe; it would emerge as ground-zero for Salafi-Jihadism on the continent and become one of the top incubators for Islamist terrorism in the West. Catalonia, historically one of the wealthiest and most industrialized regions of Spain, has harbored a...
  • Catalonia and Its Referendum on Independence from Spain

    10/03/2017 11:46:49 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/03/17 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Voting in a referendum that has been declared illegal by the central government in Madrid and by the courts was also a bad idea Catalonia is located on the eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula and has a population of 7.52 million people. Catalonia has a distinct history, culture, and language. Its main city, Barcelona, was captured in 1714 by the first Bourbon king of Spain, Felipe V, and Catalonia lost its autonomy. Catalonia’s National Day, September 11, commemorates this event. The regional Government of Catalonia decided that a referendum would take place on Catalan independence on October 1, 2017....
  • Catalan referendum: Catalonia has 'won right to statehood'(Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont)

    10/01/2017 7:43:01 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 October 2017 | none stated
    Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence. He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence. Catalan officials later said 90% of those who voted backed independence in Sunday's vote. The turnout was 42.3%. Spain's constitutional court had declared the poll illegal and hundreds of people were injured as police used force to try to block voting. Officers seized ballot papers and boxes at polling stations.
  • Catalonia was 'won right to statehood'

    10/01/2017 2:04:52 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 80 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/1/2017 | BBC
    Catalan leader Carles Pulgdemont says the region has won the right to statehood following Sunday's referendum which was marred by violence. He said the door had been opened to a unilateral declaration of independence. Hundreds of people were injured as Spanish police used force to try to block voting. The Spanish government had pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court........
  • Over 460 people hurt in Catalan vote melee

    10/01/2017 11:57:23 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 1, 2017 | By Associated Press
    At the Pau Claris School in Barcelona, footage by one voter showed police aggressively removing people blocking their way, in one case dragging a person by the hair and in other cases pushing them down a flight of stairs.The people seen in videos being hit, kicked and thrown around by police included elderly people with their dogs, young girls and regular citizens of all stripes. Many tried to shield themselves from being smacked on the head. Some people were screaming in fear.
  • Firefighters defend voters from riot police in Catalonia referendum

    10/01/2017 7:09:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies ^ | 1 Oct 2017 2:14 pm | Jen Mills
    The region, which includes the cities of Barcelona and Girona, has its own language and many who live there want it to become its own republic and break away from Spain. But Madrid refuses to recognise the validity of the referendum and has ordered police to close polling stations and seize ballot boxes. Barcelona’s mayor has called for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to step down in the wake of the violent police response. Ada Colau says that ‘if this is a democracy, the police action should be stopped immediately so we can later have a dialogue, which is what...
  • Catalan referendum: Clashes as voters defy Madrid

    10/01/2017 4:54:23 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/1/2017 | BBC
    Catalonia's independence referendum has begun in chaotic fashion, with clashes occurring as police attempt to prevent the vote from taking place. The Spanish government has pledged to stop a poll that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court. Police officers are preventing people from voting, and seizing ballot papers and boxes at polling stations. In the regional capital Barcelona, witnesses said police had fired rubber bullets during pro-referendum protests. Thirty-eight people have been injured, most of them lightly, say Catalan emergency services.....
  • Spain braces for violent fallout over ‘illegal’ independence vote

    09/30/2017 10:29:51 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 30, 2017 | Laura Italiano
    A potentially violent showdown looms in Spain on Sunday, where tens of thousands of Catalans intend to carry out an independence referendum deemed unconstitutional by the country’s courts. Hundreds of independence supporters slept overnight on Friday and Saturday in some 160 schools that are designated polling places, vowing to keep them open for voters. But local police planned to remove them on Sunday — by force if necessary, Spanish government sources told Reuters. Catalan officials have said polls will open at 9 a.m. The Madrid government has ordered separatists to vacate the schools by 6 a.m. And while both sides...