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Estonian MP endorses unilateral referendum

Estonian MP endorses unilateral referendum CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, received a delegation on Thursday of the Catalonia Support Group from the Estonian Parliament “to give a first hand account of the current political situation in Catalonia” according to Catalan government sources. After the meeting the chairman of the Catalonia Support Group in the Estonian Parliament and member of the Estonian Free Party, stated in comments to the CNA that the delegation…

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Podemos warns Rajoy against “repression” in Catalonia

Podemos warns Rajoy against “repression” in Catalonia CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, admitted on Friday that “all democrats should be scared” at the tone that the current Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, is using with Catalonia. After Rajoy and other members of his cabinet accused the Catalans of planning a “coup d’état” for organizing an independence referendum, Iglesias said that the Spanish conservatives “are capable of anything” to stop such a vote….


Rajoy’s ‘no’ to negotiation “won’t help solve” the stalemate between Catalonia and Spain

Rajoy’s ‘no’ to negotiation “won’t help solve” the stalemate between Catalonia and Spain CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, admitted on Thursday that he was disappointed by the Spanish President’s negative answer to his invitation to open negotiations about an independence referendum. “It is not the answer that we were hoping for, and it won’t help solve the conflict,” said Puigdemont during the inauguration of an economic conference in Sitges. Mariano Rajoy warned…


Puigdemont meets Spanish General Prosecutor amid independence court cases

Puigdemont meets Spanish General Prosecutor amid independence court cases CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, and the Spanish General Prosecutor, José Manuel Maza, met on Wednesday in Barcelona behind closed doors. During the meeting, Puigdemont explained his concerns to Maza about the legal proceedings against pro-independence politicians in Catalonia. “To insist on the ‘judicialization’ of politics is, without a doubt, a mistake,” said Catalan Minister of Justice, Carles Mundó, who had accompanied the…


Rajoy’s answer to Catalonia: referendum negotiation “impossible”

Rajoy’s answer to Catalonia: referendum negotiation “impossible” CNA Madrid (ACN).- Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, needed less than 24 hours to reject his Catalan counterpart’s petition to start discussions for the celebration of an independence referendum. “It is impossible,” Rajoy warned Carles Puigdemont, urging him to present his petition before the Spanish Congress instead. “It is not possible to seek to negotiate against the true democratic mechanisms and against the law,” added the Spanish President. Despite…


Defense Minister pledges to do “whatever it takes” to stop independence referendum

Defense Minister pledges to do “whatever it takes” to stop independence referendum CNA Madrid (ACN).- The Spanish Minister of Defense and Secretary General of the ruling People’s Party, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, warned on Thursday that the Spanish government will use “all of the tools” at its disposal to avoid the celebration of an independence referendum in Catalonia. De Cospedal said that the Catalans’ plan to hold a self-determination vote is an “assault on the…


Gerry Adams applauds “the peaceful and democratic nature” of Catalonia’s pro-independence process

Gerry Adams applauds “the peaceful and democratic nature” of Catalonia’s pro-independence process CNA Dublín (ACN).- Sinn Féin’s leader, Gerry Adams, praised “the peaceful and democratic nature” of Catalonia’s pro-independence aspirations and applauded the “positivity of the campaign” to call a referendum. “That’s a matter of the people there to strategize on, but certainly the right to a referendum is a very modest and very simple demand and it’s one which the parties in government have…


Romeva, at the Irish Parliament: The referendum is “inevitable”

Romeva, at the Irish Parliament: The referendum is “inevitable” ACN Dublin (ACN).- Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, said the Catalan referendum is “inevitable” and called for the EU to “take a position” and decide whether it “supports those who defend democracy or those who refuse to dialogue”. He made these statements during the first meeting of the friendship group on Catalonia created in the Irish Parliament, the fifth of its kind in Europe….


Puigdemont to Rajoy: “Let’s start negotiations as soon as possible”

Puigdemont to Rajoy: “Let’s start negotiations as soon as possible” CNA Barcelona (ACN).- The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, sent a letter on Wednesday to his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, to formally seek the start of negotiations for an independence referendum. “As I have told you personally, and publicly said on numerous occasions, the Catalan Government has the utmost willingness to find a political and negotiated solution to the demands of the Catalan people to decide…


Catalonia accused of planning “coup d’état” by Spanish government

Catalonia accused of planning “coup d’état” by Spanish government CNA Madrid (ACN).- The Spanish president, Mariano Rajoy, intensified the tone against Catalonia in the Senate on Tuesday, where he accused the Catalans of planning a “coup d’état”. He blamed Catalonia for wanting to “liquidate” Spanish unity, comparing their conduct with the “worst dictatorships”. Puigdemont’s referendum proposal is “one of the most arbitrary actions the democracy has seen”, he said. Rajoy insisted that currently “Spain is…


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