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Catalan Independence Drive Fizzles: Poll Shows Only 24% Want Split From Spain

The Catalan push for independence appears to be fizzling at the grass roots level, at least according to the latest poll published by El Pais newspaper on Monday, which found that not even a quarter of Catalans want to continue with the push to claim independence from Spain in the wake of Dec. 21 regional […]


Why The Catalan Independence Movement Is Failing

Via GEFIRA, The Catalan fight for independence is not how conflicts are fought throughout history, let alone how they are won. Some movements for national independence have succeeded in history, others have not. Presently, it seems that the Catalan bid is destined to fail. Maybe in the future Catalans will change their strategy and achieve […]


Catalan Leader Urges “Peaceful” Rebellion As Spain Takes Over Government

Update (0920ET): A Spanish government spokesman has responded to Puigdemont's address, saying that "Spain will not comment on comments by Puigdemont who is out of a job." *  *  * As we detailed earlier, in a pre-record message this morning, Catalan separtist leader Carles Puigdemont urged Catalans to peacefully oppose Spain's formal takeover of the […]


Spain PM Fires Catalan Government, Calls Snap Elections In Retaliation For Independence Vote

Update 4: In a live TV address to the nation, Spain's PM Rajoy just announced that it is a "sad day" in which Catalans showed "contempt" for democracy, and ignored the general interest; that the Catalan declaration is unacceptable to majority of Catalans, and that, as a result and as expected, he is firing Catalan […]


Chaos Unleashed: Catalan Parliament Votes For Independence, Spain To Crush “Rebellion”

It's Official! The Catalan Parliament has just voted for independence – 70 'Yes' (needed 68), 10 'No', 2 blank. As AP reports, Catalan separatist lawmakers pass motion to establish a new republic independent of Spain, as the opposition boycotts the vote… “We constitute the Catalan Republic, as an independent and sovereign country, under the rule […]


Catalan Chaos Continues As Secessionists Prepare Independence Motion

After yesterday's chaotic Spanish event rollercoaster, when the Catalan leader Carles Puidgement was going to press ahead with independence only to change his mind, and propose elections, before reversing again and punting the independence decision to parliament, we hoped to get some further clarity on how he’s planning to proceed. Today, the chaos continues. First, […]


Spanish Prosecutors Seek To Jail Popular Catalan Police Chief

In a move that is set to further infurate the Catalan separatists for whom the breakaway region’s police chief has emerged as a quasi-folk hero, and prompting an even more vocal push for independence, moments ago the Spanish Public Prosecutor’s Office petitioned Madrid Judge Carmela Lamela, investigating charges of sedition in Barcelona on September 20, […]


Catalan Leader Defies Spain, Sends Evasive Reply To Rajoy Activating Second Ultimatum Deadline

The Catalan stand-off has been extended until Thursday as both sides hold their ground. After days of expectation and talks with his separatist allies, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont stood by his decision to keep his region’s declaration of independence from Spain “in suspension” despite a demand for clarity from Spain prime minister Rajoy, effectively challenging […]


The Spanish Civil War, Revisited: Pepe Escobar Fears “Lethal Response” From Madrid

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, Puigdemont's political twist could invoke a lethal response from Madrid: suspension of Catalonia's government Call it theatre of the absurd – with a lethal subtext. Under pressure from all corners – even Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council – in his fateful date with destiny Carles […]


Watch Live: Catalan’s Puigdemont Due To Address Parliament After Delay

Live Feed (due to start at 1pm ET): *  *  * Update (12:00pm ET): La Vanguardia reports that a last-minute meeting delayed the beginning of the plenary session in which Puidemont could declare independence by one hour. CUP Group Says Catalan Republic Must Be Proclaimed Today As The Spain Report reports, there are three rumours […]


Catalan Leader Asks For Mandate To Declare Independence, Suspends Consequences Of Vote “For Weeks”

Summary (via Bloomberg): It sounds like Catalan President Puigdemont is trying to catch Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at his own game. Rajoy has always said he won’t talk as long as the Catalan government is acting outside the Spanish Constitution’s framework. Puigdemont is basically saying — fine let’s do that — but if doesn’t […]


Jatras: All Of Spain Should Vote On Catalan Independence

Hundreds of thousands of Catalonians took to the streets – estimated by the police at 350,000 people, though organizers said it was twice that – to demonstrate against independence this weekend: “Catalonia is not all for independence,” said José Manuel Alaminos, a 64-year-old lawyer. He said that Carles Puigdemont, the regional president who has led the […]


Catalan Independence: Deutsche Bank Explains How We Got Here & What Happens Next

In the past few days, many questions have arisen regarding the exact institutional mechanisms and next steps surrounding the Catalan events. In this note, Deutsche Bank's Marc de-Muizon provides a Q&A addressing these issues. Why is the referendum illegal? The Spanish Constitution states that Spain cannot be broken up. The Article 2 in the preliminary […]


Spanish Stocks, Bonds Slump As Catalan Parliamentary Debate Looms

Hopes of a 'stall' in secession proceedings have been dashed amid speculation that Catalonia’s regional parliament will convene on Monday, despite a suspension ordered by the central government in Madrid. The bounce yesterday has been erased…Putting a nail in the coffin of 'stall', El Mundo reports that Catalan pro-independence party says not working on any […]


Spanish Banks Hit Panic Button As Independence Odds Soar But ‘Stall’ Rumor Sparks Buying-Panic

Catalonia’s bid to separate from Spain had prompted investors to dump bonds issued by the region’s two biggest lenders, CaixaBank SA and Banco de Sabadell SA. Today, in a signal that the banks are taking thelikelihood of Catalonia independence very seriously, Sabadell has called a board meeting to approve a change of headquarters outside of […]