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

Catalonia signs independence agreement

The Catalonian regional parliament has declared it will start the process of creating a “new independent state in the form of a Republic”. The agreement, backed by all the main independence parties, also agrees to ignore all rulings from the Spanish Constitutional Court and to “exclusiviely” obey those rules issued from the regional parliament. The parliament has agreed that the Constitutional Court no longer has any power with Catalonia as the process it has embarked Continue reading Catalonia signs independence agreement

European Commissions issues a “fake declaration” over Catalan independence

EU President Juncker issued a strongly worded response to a question tabled by a PP MEP on whether Catalonia could become independent country recognised by the EU. The Spanish version of Juncker’s response left no room for doubt – Catalonia could not become independent in the eyes of the EU unless the Spanish parliament permitted it. This was quite a scoop, because the EU has been faffing about refusing to be clear about the matter Continue reading European Commissions issues a “fake declaration” over Catalan independence

Pro-Independence parties could win at the Catalan elections

Thus ensuring all hell breaks loose. The coalition of pro-independence parties Junts pel Sí looks set to become the biggest party after the 27 Sep votes in Catalunya, which are being touted as an unofficial referendum on the future of the region. Throw in the projected 8 seats that are going to the other pro-indep party CUP and they have enough seats for an absolute majority. President Mas of Catalunya, who now looks set to Continue reading Pro-Independence parties could win at the Catalan elections

60% of Catalans want outright independence from Spain

According to a survey by the influential CIS organisation, 59,6% of Catalans want outright independence from Spain. But the survey also shows that people are more outraged about the denial of their basic democratic rights: 87.3% of the population would accept the result of a referendum, the same survey shows, and only 9.3% would continue to fight after a legal and fair referendum.

“Unilateral independence still on the cards” warns Catalan President

Más of Catalonia warned last night that he refuses to rule out the possibility of “unilateral independence” for the region if Madrid continues to refuse to discuss greater autonomy for Barcelona. “It’s not our first option, or the best one, nor the one we want. But it is still our last resort” he warned Madrid. Más announced on Thursday that he would call a referendum on greater autonomy for the region in November, against the Continue reading “Unilateral independence still on the cards” warns Catalan President

Catalonia independence consultation vote called for 9th November

Artur Más, the President of Catalonia, has defied Madrid and ordered a “referendum” on independence to be called for the 9th November. Madrid has already told Catalonia it can’t hold the vote, but Barcelona has said “tough, we’re going to anyway”. Más said in the regional parliament today that the Catalonia question was more like Scotland than Crimea, and that it was a pity that Madrid couldn’t be more like London and follow the proper Continue reading Catalonia independence consultation vote called for 9th November

Catalonia will tax banks for having empty repossessed homes

Catalonia has announced a new law which will tax banks between 800€ and 1.650€ a year for each empty home they possess. The idea isn’t to generate cash, but instead to stimulate banks to start leasing these empty homes back to the region for social use. The Generalitat says that many people are looking to rent homes, or regional authorities are looking for social use homes, but that the banks prefer to sit on these Continue reading Catalonia will tax banks for having empty repossessed homes

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!