Catalonia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23623/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 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 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-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 5753890 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain suspends sale of bailed-out bank http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/spain-suspends-sale-bailed-out-bank <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 suspended a plan to sell off one of its ruined banks, Catalunya Banc, the lender said on Tuesday, after it reportedly received no viable offers.</p> <p>Catalunya Banc was one of five Spanish finance groups taken over by the state-backed bank rescue fund, FROB, and has received billions of euros in aid from Spain and the eurozone.</p> <p>It is one of the casualties of the collapse of Spain's property boom in 2008, which tipped Spain into recession, destroying millions of jobs and prompting a major restructuring of its banks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/spain-suspends-sale-bailed-out-bank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> bank Catalonia Fondo de Reestructuración Ordenada Bancaria Government of Spain AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:46:31 +0000 5773809 at http://www.globalpost.com Cycling: Meersman makes it two in a row in Catalonia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/cycling-meersman-makes-it-two-row-catalonia <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>Belgian rider Gianni Meersman retained the overall lead in the Tour of Catalonia after making it two stages wins in as many days on Tuesday.</p> <p>The 27-year-old beat home Italian Daniele Ratto and Brett Lancaster of Australia in a sprint finish to the 160.7km ride from Girona to Banyuls.</p> <p>Meersman sits atop the overall standings ahead of Spain's Alejandro Valverde and Swiss Danilo Wyss.</p> <p>cle/pi/lp13</p> Catalonia Gianni Meersman Gianni Meersman AFP Tue, 19 Mar 2013 17:16:38 +0000 5787955 at http://www.globalpost.com Catalan nationalist champion's family facing legal woes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/catalan-nationalist-champions-family-facing-legal-woes <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>Long seen as the foremost champion of Catalan nationalism and a symbol of opposition to the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Jordi Pujol now finds the image of his family tarnished in Spain by financial scandals involving two of his sons.</p> <p>Pujol pushed for -- and won -- greater powers for Catalonia when he served as president of the government of the wealthy northeastern region of Spain between 1981 and 2003, winning him the nickname of "Spain's viceroy".</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/130416/catalan-nationalist-champions-family-facing-legal-woes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catalonia Politics Politics of Catalonia Politics of Spain Technology AFP Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:15:57 +0000 5817961 at http://www.globalpost.com Two more Spanish regions take steps to stop evictions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/two-more-spanish-regions-take-steps-stop-evictions <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>Two more Spanish regional governments have adopted measures to reduce a glut of empty homes and fight evictions which have soared in the country as it grapples with a record unemployment rate of 26 percent.</p> <p>The president of the regional government of the Canary Islands, Paulino Rivero, said late on Tuesday his administration will shortly table a law which will expropriate properties from which needy people are about to be evicted for up to three years to allow them to continue to live there.</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/130424/two-more-spanish-regions-take-steps-stop-evictions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Catalonia Eviction Real property law AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:31:18 +0000 5824051 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 5833733 at http://www.globalpost.com Catalan leader rules out defying Madrid on 2014 poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130905/catalan-leader-rules-out-defying-madrid-2014-poll <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>The leader of Spain's debt-struck northeastern region of Catalonia all but conceded Thursday he will not hold a promised 2014 poll asserting the right to self-determination if Madrid maintains its fierce opposition.</p> <p>Catalan president Artur Mas made the statement less than a week ahead of the region's September 11 national day, when separatists will attempt to form a human chain of hundreds of thousands of people across Catalonia to call for breaking away from 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/130905/catalan-leader-rules-out-defying-madrid-2014-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catalonia Europe Law Political geography AFP Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:49:22 +0000 5925457 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 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 5929195 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands of Catalonians prepare 'human chain' demo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130911/thousands-catalonians-prepare-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>Thousands of people in Catalonia are poised to unite Wednesday to form a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain in a bold push for independence from Spain which is fiercely opposed by Madrid. </p> <p>The chain will stretch across 86 cities, towns and villages along the coast of the northeastern region on the Mediterranean, passing landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona and the city's Camp Nou football stadium.</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/thousands-catalonians-prepare-human-chain-demo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Catalan people Catalonia Europe Politics AFP Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:47:18 +0000 5930708 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 5930870 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 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 5930945 at http://www.globalpost.com