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Catalan government insists there will be ballot boxes for independence referendum

Catalan government insists there will be ballot boxes for independence referendum CNA Barcelona (ACN).- There will be ballot boxes for the independence referendum on October 1, insists the Catalan government, despite nullifying the accreditation process to supply them. In a news conference following the Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, the Minister of the Presidency Neus Munté said the government will analyze the legal means to ensure the aim of providing ballot boxes for the vote…

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Former Spanish police inspector admits that “politicians have tried to use police for political aims”

Former Spanish police inspector admits that “politicians have tried to use police for political aims” ACN Barcelona (ACN).- Has Spanish government ever used the police to investigate pro-independence leaders in order to discredit their movement? A now-retired Spanish police inspector implies so. José Manuel Villarejo admitted that “some politicians have tried to use police for political aims” in an interview to TV program ‘Salvados’ on Sunday. Talking about the current head of Spanish police, Ignacio…


‘New York Times’ defends independence referendum in Catalonia

‘New York Times’ defends independence referendum in Catalonia CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The ‘New York Times’ newspaper expressed its support for an independence referendum in Catalonia in an editorial published on Friday. “The best outcome for Spain would be to permit the referendum, and for Catalan voters to reject independence –as voters in Quebec and Scotland have done,” said the editorial board in its text. “Madrid’s intransigence will only inflame Catalan frustrations,” said the NYT, which…


Longtime German MP urges Europe to intervene in the Catalan question

Longtime German MP urges Europe to intervene in the Catalan question ACN | Krystyna Schreiber Barcelona (ACN).- “It is absurd to take pro-independence politicians to court, because it only fuels support for independence. It looks like the State wants the conflict,” said German politician Bernhard Von Grünberg incredulously in an interview with the CNA. Von Grünberg advocates Europe’s role in the resolution of the stalemate between Catalonia and Spain, a state, which according to him,…


Rajoy rejects defining Spain as ‘plurinational’

Rajoy rejects defining Spain as ‘plurinational’ CNA Madrid (ACN).- Spanish president Mariano Rajoy is deaf to all talk of Spain as a plurinational state. Rejecting the socialist opposition’s acceptance of the term “plurinational” to describe Spain, on Friday Rajoy went only as far as admitting that the State includes “nationalities and regions” and suggested that “it makes no sense to dwell on it.” “I am not in favour of the term plurinational; it calls for…


Independence referendum details to be unveiled on July 4

Independence referendum details to be unveiled on July 4 CNA Barcelona (ACN).- A website with more than 100 questions and answers and more than 200 events to explain the referendum. These are only some of the initiatives that the Catalan government is planning in order to raise awareness about the independence vote. After announcing earlier this month that the referendum will be held on October 1, the Catalan government will unveil its information campaign and…


Constitutional Court rules against ‘Foreign Affairs’ designation of Catalan ministry but endorses action abroad

Constitutional Court rules against ‘Foreign Affairs’ designation of Catalan ministry but endorses action abroad CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Constitutional Court (TC) nullified the designation ‘Foreign Affairs’ for Raül Romeva’s ministry on Wednesday , but endorsed the Catalan government’s activities abroad, as long as they “do not infringe State powers”. By nullifying the designation, which in fact is no longer used, the court upheld only part of the the Spanish government’s appeal against the denomination as…


Constitutional Court ruling on Catalan Foreign Affairs ministry imminent

Constitutional Court ruling on Catalan Foreign Affairs ministry imminent CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Constitutional Court this week considers the Spanish government’s appeal against the designation and powers of the Catalan government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of the Presidency and government spokeswoman Neus Munté warned the Constitutional Court (TC) about a possible suspension of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contradicting its own sentence of 2010 on Catalonia’s regional law, the so-called Statute. In a…


Court admits case against Catalan minister for ballot box purchase

Court admits case against Catalan minister for ballot box purchase CNA Barcelona (ACN).- A Catalan government minister is to end up in court for buying ballot boxes. Catalonia’s Supreme Court (TSJC) notified the Catalan Minister for Public Administrations Meritxell Borràs that it has admitted the complaint filed against her for the purchase of ballot boxes for use in the October 1 referendum. This is the latest in a series of court cases against pro-independence officials,…


Local Socialist leader says Catalonia ‘has no right to self-determination ‘

Local Socialist leader says Catalonia ‘has no right to self-determination ‘ CNA Barcelona (ACN).- Catalonia is a nation but “has no right to self-determination”. That is the opinion of Núria Parlón, a leading figure in the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC), who has just recently been placed in charge of social cohesion and integration policy on the executive council of the affiliated Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE). While recognizing that Catalonia is “undoubtedly” a nation, Parlón rejected…


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