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For Catalans, the Question Is Compliance or Defiance to Madrid

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Normal weekend routines like shopping, soccer and strolling prevailed in Catalonia even as the first test of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to take over the breakaway region approached, with Catalans weighing compliance versus defiance. When schools and government offices open Monday, teachers and civil servants will decide whether to follow the ousted Catalan leaders’ calls to resist their Spanish masters or acquiesce to the new reality. A smooth transition in the Catalan police force, with the new chief accepting Madrid’s rule, marked an initial success for Rajoy. "The more moderate and pragmatic elements probably realize they’re not going to […]

Catalonia independence declaration would not be recognised, says France

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French European affairs minister urges both sides to negotiate their way out of crisis triggered by last weeks referendum France has said it will not recognise Catalonia if the regional government presses ahead with a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, and urged both sides to negotiate their way out of the crisis triggered by last weeks 90% of participants voted for independence in the referendum on 1 October, with 2.3 million of Catalonias 5.3 million registered voters casting a ballot. Play Video 2:31 Show Hide Despite growing pressure from domestic political parties, the Spanish government has made it clear […]

An independent Catalonia: practicalities of leaving Spain

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Catalonia has much of the paraphernalia of statehood, but seceding from Spain as Britains Brexit process has shown wont be straightforward The immediate practical consequences of Catalan independence like those of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal would have far-reaching implications for the region, its businesses and its people. As with warnings of City firms fleeing a hard Brexit, industry is already alarmed: half a dozen Spanish companies, including major banks, are Show Hide The Spanish government argues that any referendum on Catalan independence would be illegal because the countrys 1978 constitution makes no provision for […]

Catalonia: Spanish PM vows to use any means to stop independence

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Rajoy says he rules out absolutely nothing, warning that Madrid would suspend regions autonomy if necessary The Spanish prime minister has insisted that he will stop the Catalan government declaring independence over the coming days, warning that the Spanish authorities would suspend the regions autonomy and take control from Madrid if necessary. In an millions of Catalans voted in a referendum declared illegal by the Spanish government and the countrys constitutional court, Rajoy described the Catalan independence crisis as an issue for Europe as a whole. This is a European battle, he said. Its a battle in which the values […]

Spain Vows to Double Down on Catalonia Opposition

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Spain moved to turn the screws on Catalonia as the European Union refused to recognize the rebel region’s bid for independence, sending the country into its biggest crisis since the end of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship and threatening to unravel a four-decade old democratic settlement. After a day of violence in the region on Sunday when the central government sent in police to disrupt voting in an illegal referendum on independence, Justice Minister Rafael Catala said it would use all the tools at its disposal — including if necessary the suspension of Catalonia’s autonomy — to enforce the rule of law. […]

Trump in Moscow: what happened at Miss Universe in 2013

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The pageant and the presidents attempts to get close to Putin have become a focus of the investigation into Trumps links to Russian interference in the US election Sitting in a makeshift studio overlooking the Moscow river on a crisp day in November 2013, Vladimir Putin, the brash New York businessman could not resist boasting. I do have a relationship with him, Trump said. Russias strongman had done a very brilliant job, Trump told MSNBCs Thomas Roberts, before declaring that Putin had bested Barack Obama. Hes done an amazing job hes put himself really at the forefront of the world […]

Spain Hires Cruise Liner to House Police in Rebel Catalonia

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Spain has discreetly hired ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for possibly thousands of police specially deployed to keep order in rebel Catalonia and help suppress an illegal independence

Corrupt Brazilian tycoon among applicants for Portugal’s golden visas

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Leaked documents also show relatives of an Angolan politician accused of bribery bought access to Europe via Portugal Business executives implicated in a Brazilian corruption scandal and relatives of an Angolan politician who has been accused of bribery have secretly bought access to Europe via the government of Portugal. A businessman sentenced to 18 years under house arrest and the former president of a scandal-ridden construction conglomerate are also among those named in a leaked document as having paid hundreds of thousands of euros in their pursuit of a golden visa in Portugal. The news follows Europe under EU rules. […]

Catalans to celebrate their national day with independence protests

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Hundreds of thousands will gather across Catalonia less than a month before regional governments controversial referendum On Monday afternoon, hundreds of thousands of people will gather across Catalonia to remember a disastrous defeat. Many among them, however, will be hoping that an equally momentous victory is not too far off. Although Catalonias national day, the Diada, commemorates the fall of Barcelona in the Spanish war of succession in 1714 and the regions subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms it recently has come to serve a rather different purpose. Since 2012, the event has become an overtly political affair for those […]

Catalonias response to terror shows it is ready for independence | Luke Stobart

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In their response to terror the people of Catalonia have persuaded Spain they are ready for independence, writes Luke Stobart, a lecturer writer on Spanish affairs Horrific events like the exhibit solidarity with the recent victims halting the the assaults of 2015-16. A pledge made by a majority of Catalan MPs. Despite Catalan wishes, the referendum will be unilateral; the Spanish government has vehemently opposed a bilateral vote, and it has also been prohibited by the courts. This has caused much resentment: over dirty war involving collusion between government, fraud officials and the media and the barring from office of […]
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