Autonomous communities of Spain http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23619/all en Spanish regions angry at "provocative" defence minister speech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/spanish-regions-angry-at-provocative-defence-minister-speech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Clare Kane</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Two Spanish regions with strong<br /> independence movements reacted angrily on Monday to a speech by<br /> the country's defence minister that said the military was<br /> prepared and calm in the face of "absurd provocations".</p> <p>Defence Minister Pedro Morenes made the comments at Spain's<br /> annual Epiphany military parade on Sunday, provoking reaction<br /> from politicians in Catalonia, where leaders are moving towards<br /> a referendum on independence from Spain, and the Basque Country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/spanish-regions-angry-at-provocative-defence-minister-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Basque conflict Basque nationalism Basque politics Batasuna Catalonia ETA Europe Francoist Spain Person Career Politics Politics of Spain Quotation Spain Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:21:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731376 at http://www.globalpost.com Catalan lawmakers pass resolution on sovereignty http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/catalan-lawmakers-pass-resolution-sovereignty <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Braden Phillips</p> <p>BARCELONA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Catalonia's parliament approved on Wednesday a declaration of sovereignty signalling the start of an uncertain journey towards a referendum on independence from Spain for the northeastern region.</p> <p>The non-binding and largely symbolic resolution - which states that the people of Catalonia have a democratic right to decide on their sovereignty - was passed with 85 votes for, 41 against and two abstentions in the 135-seat legislature. Two deputies were absent and five refused to vote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/catalan-lawmakers-pass-resolution-sovereignty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Business Catalonia Politics of Spain Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:00:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738442 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish parliament moves to protect bullfights http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/spanish-parliament-moves-protect-bullfights <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's parliament will vote Tuesday on a petition demanding bullfighting be declared a key part of the country's cultural heritage, a year after the practice was banned in the independence-minded region of Catalonia.</p> <p>The petition organised by the Catalan Bullfighting Federation signed by nearly 600,000 people states that "bullfighting belongs to Spain's global culture, and to the historical and cultural patrimony common to all Spaniards".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/spanish-parliament-moves-protect-bullfights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Animal rights Autonomous communities of Spain Divided regions AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:15:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753768 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish parliament moves to protect bullfights http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/spanish-parliament-moves-protect-bullfights-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's parliament agreed Tuesday to debate declaring bullfighting a national cultural treasure -- a step towards possibly reinstating it in the Catalonia region where it was banned a year ago.</p> <p>A petition organised by the Catalan Bullfighting Federation signed by nearly 600,000 people states that "bullfighting belongs to Spain's global culture, and to the historical and cultural patrimony common to all Spaniards".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/spanish-parliament-moves-protect-bullfights-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Catalan nationalism Catalonia AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:16:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753890 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain court suspends Catalonia sovereignty claim http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130508/spain-court-suspends-catalonia-sovereignty-claim <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday put a brake on Catalonia's drive for a referendum on independence by opening the door to a legal challenge against the region's claim to sovereignty.</p> <p>Catalonia's regional parliament in January passed a "declaration of sovereignty" which it said gave Catalonia grounds "to exercise its right to decide" its political future.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130508/spain-court-suspends-catalonia-sovereignty-claim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Business Catalonia Europe AFP Wed, 08 May 2013 20:30:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5833733 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain sets international tourism record http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130822/spain-sets-international-tourism-record <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madrid, Aug 22 (EFE).- In the first seven months of this year, Spain welcomed 34 million international tourists, 3.9 percent more than during the same period in 2012 and a figure that sets a new record, according to data released here Thursday by the Industry, Energy and Tourism Ministry.</p> <p>The number attained by the end of July exceeded by 400,000 the international tourism record to date for the same period set in 2008.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130822/spain-sets-international-tourism-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Europe Geography of Europe Agencia EFE Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:17:53 +0000 Agencia EFE 5915676 at http://www.globalpost.com Catalans rally for vast human chain independence bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/catalans-rally-vast-human-chain-independence-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hundreds of thousands of Catalans will unite to create a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain on September 11, part of a spectacular campaign for independence fiercely opposed by Madrid. </p> <p>Some 400,000 people aim to join hands along the entire coastline of the northeastern region of Catalonia to demand an historic redrawing of the map of Spain.</p> <p>The protest is being organised by Catalan separatists on the region's national day, or Diada, which recalls the final defeat of Catalan troops by Spanish King Philip V's forces in 1714.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/catalans-rally-vast-human-chain-independence-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Catalonia Europe AFP Sun, 08 Sep 2013 07:02:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5927607 at http://www.globalpost.com Rebel Catalan town battles for Spanish breakup http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130909/rebel-catalan-town-battles-spanish-breakup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia rallies for a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain on Wednesday to protest for independence, one sleepy town says it is proudly leading the way to self-rule.</p> <p>Nestled in the valleys of central Catalonia, the town of Sant Pere de Torello symbolically declared itself a "free Catalan territory" on September 3, 2012, the first of dozens of towns and villages to do so across the region.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130909/rebel-catalan-town-battles-spanish-breakup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Catalonia Politics of Spain Technology AFP Tue, 10 Sep 2013 03:55:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5929195 at http://www.globalpost.com Pro-independence Catalans marshal 'human chain' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/pro-independence-catalans-marshal-human-chain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Independence-seeking Catalans marshalled their forces on Wednesday for a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain in a bold push to break from Spain despite fierce opposition from Madrid.</p> <p>Demonstrators in yellow t-shirts bearing the slogan "Catalan Way Towards Independence" prepared for the chain, which organisers said would unite hundreds of thousands of people.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/pro-independence-catalans-marshal-human-chain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Catalonia Politics Politics of Spain AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:48:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5930870 at http://www.globalpost.com Economic grudge fuels Catalan independence fight http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/economic-grudge-fuels-catalan-independence-fight <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As Catalans rallied Wednesday for a dramatic 400-kilometre (250-mile) independence protest, their zeal to break from the rest of recession-hit Spain was being fed by deep resentment over Madrid's economic policies.</p> <p>Many in Catalonia, renowned as Spain's industrial heartland, hold a grudge against the Spanish government, which they accuse of imposing unfair taxes and failing to fulfil promises of public investment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/economic-grudge-fuels-catalan-independence-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Europe Political geography Politics Technology AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:49:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5930883 at http://www.globalpost.com Case for and against Catalan independence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/case-and-against-catalan-independence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Independence-seeking Catalans united Wednesday for a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain in a bold push to break from Spain despite fierce opposition from Madrid.</p> <p>Catalan nationalists want a referendum on nationhood for the northeastern region of Spain, a demand that is rejected by the central government.</p> <p>Here are the main arguments for and against Catalan independence:</p> <p>LANGUAGE</p> <p>Catalans speak a language that has some similarities but is quite distinct from the Castilian Spanish spoken in the rest of Spain.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/case-and-against-catalan-independence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Catalonia Politics Politics of Spain AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:17:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5930900 at http://www.globalpost.com Pro-independence Catalans marshal 'human chain' demo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/pro-independence-catalans-marshal-human-chain-demo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Independence-seeking Catalans marshalled their forces on Wednesday for a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain in a bold push to break from Spain despite fierce opposition from Madrid.</p> <p>Demonstrators in yellow t-shirts bearing the slogan "Catalonian Way Towards Independence" prepared for the chain, which organisers said would unite hundreds of thousands of people.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/pro-independence-catalans-marshal-human-chain-demo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Catalonia Europe Politics AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:48:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5930945 at http://www.globalpost.com Catalans form vast human chain for independence from Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/catalans-form-vast-human-chain-independence-spain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Catalans massed in a vast human chain stretching hundreds of kilometres along the Mediterranean coast on Wednesday, demanding independence from Spain in the face of fierce opposition from the national government.</p> <p>Hundreds of thousands of people in yellow t-shirts joined in, according to organisers, yelling "Independence!".</p> <p>They linked hands along highways and through towns in the northeastern region, amid countless pro-independence flags bearing the red and yellow stripes of Catalonia overlaid with a white star on a blue background.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/catalans-form-vast-human-chain-independence-spain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Catalonia Politics of Spain AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:19:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5931201 at http://www.globalpost.com Catalans form human chain to press for independence from Spain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130911/spanish-catalonia-press-independence-bid-human-chain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Julien Toyer</p> <p>BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Catalans held hands in a 400-km (250-mile) human chain across their region on Wednesday to press the Spanish government to let them vote on breaking away and forming their own country.</p> <p>Demonstrators in yellow T-shirts and draped in blue, red and yellow separatist banners raised their joined hands through cities and along rural roads, jumping and shouting in celebration when the chain was completed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130911/spanish-catalonia-press-independence-bid-human-chain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Business Catalonia Politics Politics of Spain Thomson Reuters Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:33:01 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5931012 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish singer Manolo Escobar dies at 82 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131024/spanish-singer-manolo-escobar-dies-at-82 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Benidorm, Spain, Oct 24 (EFE).- Singer Manolo Escobar died Thursday at his home in Benidorm, the city in southeastern Spain where he had been hospitalized recently for treatment of cancer, sources close to his family told Efe. He was 82.</p> <p>The singer, who had been battling the disease for several years, entered a clinic in early October due to kidney and other problems.</p> <p>He was released a few days ago and had been recuperating at home.</p> <p>Escobar's family said in the past few days that he was doing well and had recovered from his recent health problems.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/131024/spanish-singer-manolo-escobar-dies-at-82" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Geography of Spain Manolo Escobar Manolo Escobar Agencia EFE Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:46:34 +0000 Agencia EFE 5969795 at http://www.globalpost.com