Catalunya mis-spends €6,150 and is taken over; Turre €13 million, no-one cares

Catalonia has been advised that it will lose control of budgetary spending after Madrid spotted that it has over-spent the whopping amount of €6,150 towards the independence referendum (out of a total budget of €24 billion). To be precise, Catalonia said it would spend € 19.370 on “electoral control”. Madrid spotted that it had spent €25.520, €6.150 more than it should (yes, no million or billion mark), and has used this as an excuse to Continue reading Catalunya mis-spends €6,150 and is taken over; Turre €13 million, no-one cares

Barcelona says unilateral independence the only way forwards

The Catalan Govern warned today that unilateral independence is their only way forwards after Rajoy closed off any chance of negotiating a referendum. Mariano said that the whole referendum debate was a bluff by Puigdemont (President of Catalunya) and that no doubt he was really planning to call regional elections and increase his minority government. He -or rather his VP Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (for Rajoy never talks directly to the press if it can Continue reading Barcelona says unilateral independence the only way forwards

Catalunya drafts independence law and Spain is on the brink of dissolution

The breakup of Spain suddenly lurched a lot closer after the secessionist government of Catalunya confirmed it is working upon an independence bill it will shortly present to the regional parliament. The bill outlines a new, independent Republic for Catalunya and commits the region to declaring unilateral independence if a full referendum is not immediately agreed upon by Madrid. Read the leaked draft in El Pais (English). President Mariano Rajoy made an emergency appearance before Continue reading Catalunya drafts independence law and Spain is on the brink of dissolution

Rajoy tells Scotland to feck off

Rajoy said this morning that he, and any future Spanish government, would ensure that Scotland would never enter the EU. He’s got nothing against Scotland per se, I assume, but he’s sending a clear message to Catalan nationalists that they mustn’t, God forbid, actually assume Spain is a democracy or anything similar. “Independence of these small regions” he pontified in Congress, “brings only poverty, and these breakaway regions threaten to torpedo the European project”. He Continue reading Rajoy tells Scotland to feck off

Rajoy says No Referendum, No Catalan, No breakup of Spain on my watch!

Mariano Rajoy delivered a furious speech today in Barcelona, during which he said he would NOT permit a referendum on Catalan autonomy, said any such referendum was ILLEGAL, would NOT permit any actions that would lead to a breakup of Spain, would TAKE ACTION against anyone who tried hold a referendum and would NOT enter into any discussions on the matter.

Catalans vote for independence referendum with breakaway MP’s from PSOE!

Thanks for three break-aways from the PSC (PSOE in Catalonia) the vote to request an independence referendum in Catalonia has passed. They needed a two thirds vote and they got it, after three PSC MPs broke party discipline and voted in favour of the measure. Marina Geli, Joan Ignasi Elena & Núria Ventura all went against their party orders. The head of the PSC, Pere Nevarro (he used to run the traffic police under Zapatero) Continue reading Catalans vote for independence referendum with breakaway MP’s from PSOE!

Chap who tried to overthrow Spanish democracy denounces Catalonias’ Más for “sedition and treason”

Ex-copper Lieutenant-Colonel Tejero (ex L-C, he was fired from the Guardia Civil for leading an attempt to overthrow the Spanish parliament on the 23rd of Feb, 1981 – his coup détât was eventually defused by King Juan Carlos, who refused to back them) is back in the limelight for denouncing the President of Catalonia on sedition and treason charges. Tejero was the leader of the coup attempt, and his face became famous as the whiskery Continue reading Chap who tried to overthrow Spanish democracy denounces Catalonias’ Más for “sedition and treason”

Catalan referendum on independence convoked (even if it’s illegal)

Artur Más has just announced to the Catalan parliament that he will organise a referendum on independence in Catalonia, even though he has been warned by Madrid that such a move would be illegal under the Constitution. The President of Catalonia said that a referendum was the only democratic and fair way to solve the issue for once and for all, and told PSC (PSOE in Catalonia) members in the regional parliament that he would Continue reading Catalan referendum on independence convoked (even if it’s illegal)

Let’s break Spain into a “Federal” state, urges PSOE

The PSOE is now urging the government to turn Spain into a full Federal state, with full powers to the regions, as an alternate to the breakup of Spain if Catalonia tries for full independence. It was first officially suggested last week by the President of Andalucia, Griñán, and the sentiment was echoed today by Rubalcaba, the leader of the PSOE. “I quite like the German model” he told reporters. Rubalcaba also said that the Continue reading Let’s break Spain into a “Federal” state, urges PSOE

Catalan city declares independence and demands Catalan state

The city of Sant Pere de Torelló in Barcelona has declared, with a majority of votes in the city council, itself to be an “Catalan state, independent and free” and has sent the Catalan parliament an official request to hold a referendum on full independence from Spain within two months. The declaration says that the town no longer recognises Madrid or the Spanish state as having any sovereign rights over the town, and says that Continue reading Catalan city declares independence and demands Catalan state