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Spain’s Rajoy Ready To Trigger “Nuclear Option” As Hundreds Of Thousands Protest Against Independence In Barcelona

One week after the historic Catalan Independence Referendum vote reopened Europe’s populist Pandora Box of nationalist secession movements, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to any declaration of independence from Spain, which according to Reuters showed “how divided the region is on […]


Spain’s Rajoy Ready To Trigger “Nuclear Option” As Thousands Protest Against Independence In Barcelona

One week after the historic Catalan Independence Referendum vote reopened Europe’s populist Pandora Box of nationalist secession movements, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to any declaration of independence from Spain, which according to Reuters showed “how divided the region is on […]


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 […]


Defying Spanish Defense Ministry’s Civil War Threat, Catalans To Hold Debate Monday

Spanish (and European) stocks surged this afternoon as headlines crossed that Catalan separatists were hoping to 'stall' proceedings in hope of negotiating with Madrid. That hopeful headline appears to have been crushed now as Bloomberg reports the Catalan regional parliament intends to meet as planned Monday, defying a suspension by Spain’s Constitutional Court. As Bloomberg […]


Everything You Need to Know About the Catalan Independence Referendum

Via The Daily Bell It’s all illegal! That’s Madrid’s position on the referendum in Catalonia. Of about 5.5 million eligible voters, about 2.4 million chose–or were able–to cast ballots. 90% of them voted in favor of independence from Spain. Spanish courts have ruled, and leaders have repeated, that the country’s Constitution does not allow a region […]


“Total Stoppage”: Barcelona Paralyzed By General Strike, Barricades As Protesters Take To The Streets

The Catalan rebellion escalated on Tuesday, resulting in a day of “total stoppage” for the Catalan capital, in which Barcelona metro stations were closed, pickets blocked main roads and civil servants walked out on Tuesday in response to a strike called by pro-independence groups as separatist activists took to the streets of Barcelona to press […]


Escobar: The Future Of The EU Is At Stake In Catalonia

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times, Fascist Franco may have been dead for more than four decades, but Spain is still encumbered with his dictatorial corpse. A new paradigm has been coined right inside the lofty European Union, self-described home/patronizing dispenser of human rights to lesser regions across the planet: “In the name of […]


Spanish Bond Yields Spike As EU Washes Its Hands Of Catalonia, Puigdemont Demands Spanish Police Withdraw

After an unprecedented 2 million Catalans voted for independence during Sunday’s referendum, larger than the number who voted for independence during a prior independence referendum in November 2014, the will of Catalan people has been made abundantly clear: The regional government of Carles Puigdemont has an overwhelming popular mandate for independence. And in spite of […]


The Results Are In: 89% Of Catalans Vote For Independence

Update (6:30 pm ET): In further proof that Spain's brutal crackdown on today's Catalan independence referendum only helped bolster the seccessionist cause, the regional government announced that voters had overwhelmingly voted in favor of independence, with 89% voting to separate from Spain.  Shortly after midnight on Sunday, Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull announced that 2,262,424 […]


Catalan Leader: “We Have Earned The Right To Form An Independent State”

Though the results of today's referendum have yet to be announced, separatists in Catalonia are urging the government to declare independence from Spain, citing today's violent crackdown as the reason. In a rousing speech following the close of voting, Carles Puigdemont, the leader of the Catalan government, said his citizens have earned the right to […]


Spanish PM Rajoy Blasts Catalans’ “Mockery Of Democracy”, Says Spain “Responded With Firmness, Calm” Injuring 761 People

Update: With the injury count now at 761, according to El Mundo, here are the headlines from Rajoy's address as he bagen: Catalonia's unauthorized independence referendum "is a mockery of the very essence of democracy," Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says. Speaking from the Palace of Moncloa, his official residence in Madrid, Rajoy said "there […]


Spain Says “Referendum Won’t Happen”, To Shut Barcelona Airspace After Catalan Separatists Unveil Ballot Boxes

The Spanish government reiterated its angry rhetoric this morning that the "Catalan referendum won't happen" with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo saying "organizers will be held responsible," after they unveiled the ballot boxes and discussed the 2,315 polling stations to be used. Madrid, which claims the authority of a constitution that declares the country to be […]


“They’ve Lost The Plot” – 700 Catalan Mayors Defy Spanish Government Amid Police Raids

"The only thing I ask of (Catalan) mayors is that they comply with the law, and as such don’t participate in an illegal referendum," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged this week, calling for a return to "rationality and legality" and promised to block the vote. However, as Reuters reports, the mayors are not complying… More […]