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Majority of Catalans want independence

The Catalans have voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence from Spain in a symbolic consultation after the Spanish Constitutional Court banned a formal referendum. What consequences will the vote have for Spain?

Berlingske - Denmark | Tuesday, 11. November 2014

Benefit tourism helps separatists

After the unofficial referendum in Catalonia the conservative daily Berlingske warns of further separatist movements in Europe: » more

Avvenire - Italy | Tuesday, 11. November 2014

Row hindering Spain's economic recovery

Madrid describes the vote in Catalonia as a flop, whereas the Catalan leader Arturo Mas has called it a "complete success". These differing interpretations only harden the fronts and create an ominous climate of uncertainty, the Catholic daily Avvenire warns: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Tuesday, 11. November 2014

Madrid can still change tack

Despite the large majority with which the Catalans voted in favour of independence from Spain on Sunday concessions by Madrid could still pay off, the conservative daily Die Presse believes: » more

Pravda - Slovakia | Tuesday, 11. November 2014

Referendum is difficult to ignore

The Catalans' struggle for independence won't be halted, the left-leaning daily Pravda writes commenting on the outcome of the informal referendum held on the weekend: » more

ABC - Spain | Monday, 10. November 2014

Rajoy should have prevented consultation

More than two million Catalans took part on Sunday in an independence consultation banned by Spain's constitutional court. A majority of 80 percent voted in favour of independence. Madrid should have cracked down on the separatists and prevented the consultation, the conservative and centralist daily ABC grumbles: » more

Público - Portugal | Sunday, 9. November 2014

Catalans score a victory against Madrid

In yesterday's consultation in Catalonia a clear majority voted for the region's secession from Spain. This result will give Artur Mas a stronger hand in negotiations with Madrid, the liberal daily Público predicts: » more

El País - Spain | Wednesday, 15. October 2014

Madrid must let separatists vote

After cancelling on Tuesday the independence referendum which had been banned by the constitutional court, Catalonia's President Artur Mas plans to hold new elections of a plebiscite character instead. To prevent such escapades, Madrid should take the initiative and reach out to the Catalans, the left-liberal daily El País recommends: » more

Kurier - Austria | Tuesday, 14. October 2014

Mas has used the Catalans

In view of the Spanish Constitutional Court's objections Catalonia's regional government has renounced plans for a  independence referendum on November 9. Instead there will be a popular consultation on that day, head of government Artur Mas said on Tuesday without going into details. It's only the die-hard nationalists who want a political escalation anyway, the liberal daily Kurier comments: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 1. October 2014

No compromise for Catalonia in sight

The row over independence for Catalonia threatens to escalate, the left-liberal daily Der Standard warns: » more

ABC - Spain | Tuesday, 30. September 2014

Catalonia's separatists must be stopped

Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended Catalonia's planned independence referendum on Monday by agreeing to hear the Spanish central government's court challenge to the vote. This is the right response to the Catalonian regional government's scheming, the conservative and pro-centralist daily ABC comments: » more

El Tiempo - Colombia | Tuesday, 30. September 2014

Global perspectives: Avoid irreparable damage in Spain

The dispute between the Spanish central government and the independence-seeking region Catalonia has come to a head after Barcelona's plans for a referendum were put on hold by a court challenge from Madrid. But in a democracy it's never too late for consensus, the major Columbian newspaper El Tiempo admonishes: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Sunday, 28. September 2014

Spain's government harming itself and the EU

With its ignorant stance vis-a-vis Catalonia, the central government in Madrid is only hurting itself and Europe, the liberal-conservative daily Diário de Notícias complains: » more

Público - Spain | Monday, 29. September 2014

Blocking referendum would be dangerous

The central government in Madrid wants to challenge the referendum before the Constitutional Court. But that would divide the country more than the vote itself, activist Esther Vivas writes incensed in her blog with the left-leaning online paper Público: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Monday, 29. September 2014

Madrid could easily change Catalans' minds

The central government in Madrid is doing too little to dissuade the Catalans from seeking independence, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung criticises: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, 12. September 2014

Catalans more adamant than the Scots

Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Barcelona on Catalonia's 300th National Day to demand that the independence referendum planned for November 9 be allowed to take place. Catalan separatism is far more dangerous than that of the Scots, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 9. September 2014

Censorship for fear of Spanish separatists

Spain's cultural institute - the Cervantes Institute - in Utrecht has cancelled the presentation of the Dutch translation of Albert Sánchez Piñol's historical novel "Victus, Barcelona 1714", which deals with the armed conflict between Madrid and Barcelona. The institute feared the event would be politicised in view of the National Day of Catalonia celebrated this Thursday and the planned independence referendum in November. A major misjudgement, the left-liberal daily El País comments: » more

ETC - Sweden | Friday, 25. July 2014

Johan Ehrenberg on melting nations

The independence movements in Scotland, Catalonia and eastern Ukraine have triggered a debate about whether in future there will be more nation states than there have been up to now. However the founder and publisher of the left-wing daily ETC, Johan Ehrenberg, sees the nation and nationalism as outdated concepts: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 19. June 2014

Felipe can mediate in Catalonia

Although the Spanish king has hardly any political power he can have considerable influence on the political scene, the conservative daily Lidové noviny notes, adding that Felipe VI faces several tasks in this respect: » more


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