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The Mayor of Dublin: 'Catalonia deserves independence'

The Mayor of Dublin: 'Catalonia deserves independence'

Christy Burke asks Mariano Rajoy to do as the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and accept a referendum

'We certainly understand the position and the views and the feelings of the Catalan people because we know what it was like to be treated as second class citizens' said the Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, at the end of a reception closing the activities organised by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT). Burke also expressed his hope that 'Catalonia will go forward in the way that Ireland did'.

Athletic-Barça, much more than a final

Athletic-Barça, much more than a final

This Saturday, Camp Nou will be hosting the Cup Final at which heavy booing is expected against King Felipe VI and the Spanish national anthem

The league finished last weekend, but the football goes on this Saturday and next. In both cases, Barça has the chance to add to its league title with the 'Copa del Rey' (today) and the Champions League (next Saturday). The first game will be held on Saturday in Camp Nou, where the red and blues will receive Athletic de Bilbao in a repeat of the 2012 and 2009 finals, which were both resolved in favour of the Catalans. 

Support for the independentist parties in Catalonia, municipality by municipality

Support for the independentist parties in Catalonia, municipality by municipality

We use a map to analyse the results of the municipal elections around the Principality and expand the focus by street blocks in Barcelona

Independentism has set the temperature of the municipal elections in Catalonia.  The fact that the plebiscitary elections of 27 September are just four months away after last Sunday has turned these elections into a kind of first round. 

Primavera Sound: the point of reference in the realm of urban music events

Primavera Sound: the point of reference in the realm of urban music events

During this 3-day-session, a total of 193 concerts will be held

Historical change in Barcelona: Ada Colau wins the elections

Ada Colau's victory is a historic change. The city had always been governed by the PSC and in the last four years by CiU

Historical change in Barcelona: Ada Colau wins the elections

Barcelona en Comú obtains 11 councillors and CiU, 10 · ERC gains two councillors and the CUP comes in with three

    Barcelona en Comú, led by Ada Colau, has been the most voted force in the municipal elections in Barcelona with 11 councillors. Convergència i Unió (CiU), with Xavier Trias, the current mayor leading the party comes close with 10. Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) and Ciutadans (C's) will have 5 councillors each. 

    Strong PP downfall in Valencia Country and in the Balearic Islands

    Strong PP downfall in Valencia Country and in the Balearic Islands

    The conservative party will have difficulty maintaining the principal governments

      Valencia Country and the Balearic Islands have held elections in their respective parliaments and in both cases, the PP lost a lot of votes.

      A Podemos victory in Barcelona? Are you sure?

      A Podemos victory in Barcelona? Are you sure?

      'It could even be that the allies of Barcelona en Comú will turn out to be the separatists of ERC and CUP'

      Danish Parliament passes motion supporting democratic solution for Catalonia

      Danish Parliament passes motion supporting democratic solution for Catalonia

      It is the position held by six of the eight parties of the Folketing

      The majority of the Danish parliament and its government is in favor of supporting a democratic dialogue between Catalonia and Spain. Six out of the eight parties that form the chamber have shown their support in finding a solution for the independence.

      Jordi Sánchez: 'The most difficult times will come after the 27-S elections'

      Jordi Sánchez: 'The most difficult times will come after the 27-S elections'

      Interview with the new president of the Catalan National Assembly

      The Catalan National Assembly has a new president for the most delicate and interesting months of the independence process. Jordi Sànchez, who until now was assistant to the Ombudsman, is the substitute for Carme Forcadell.

      Sant Pol raises the Danish flag as a sign of thanks

      Sant Pol raises the Danish flag as a sign of thanks

      The initiative was promoted by the village's Painting Museum

      Albert Royo: 'Denmark recognizes Catalonia as a political actor on a par with Spain'

      Albert Royo: 'Denmark recognizes Catalonia as a political actor on a par with Spain'

      VilaWeb interviewed the Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia 

      PP militants assault members of the PAH at Rajoy's meeting in Barcelona

      PP militants assault members of the PAH at Rajoy's meeting in Barcelona

      Pushing and blows with flags while they drove them out of the complex

      At least three members of the Plataforma d'Afectats per la Hipoteca (PAH), a social movement calling for the right to a decent home, on Monday entered the meeting of the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Barcelona.

      Teresa Forcades wants to run as a candidate for President of the Catalan Government

      Teresa Forcades wants to run as a candidate for President of the Catalan Government

      She has sent a letter to the members of her party, Procés Constituent

      The nun and leader of the party Procés Constituent Teresa Forcades would like to present herself as a candidate for the elections to be held on September 27th for the Catalan Government.

      Thank you Denmark

      Thank you Denmark

      Yesterday's debate in the Folketing is an extraordinary step forward, a game changer

      The first salute to Catalonia

      The first salute to Catalonia

      'What was at first strictly as an internal affair between two parties suddenly attracts the attention of outsiders'

      Liz Castro: 'Being the president of the ANC is a very difficult job with great responsibility'

      Liz Castro, an American who has put down roots in Catalonia and is in favour of independence, was the candidate who received the most votes in the elections to the board of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC).

      The ANC votes the direction that will select its new president

      The ANC votes the direction that will select its new president

      Liz Castro, Rosa Alentorn, Agustí Alcoberro and and Jordi Sánchez are the four candidates with the most votes

        Liz Castro, an American writer and editor, was the most voted in the elections that were held Saturday at the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, the sovereignist entity who is responsible for the historical pro-independence demonstrations

        Patrícia Gabancho: 'Catalonia is invisible without independence'

        Patrícia Gabancho: 'Catalonia is invisible without independence'

        Patrícia Gabancho (Buenos Aires, 1952) is a journalist and writer. She has especially published essays on Catalan culture, society and politics and is the vice-president of the Ateneu Barcelonès. She answers to the questions of the 'Faces of independence' series, in which well-known figures from around the country explain why they want independence and what an independent Catalonia might bring the world.

        New attack by the Spanish Government against the language immersion model

        New attack by the Spanish Government against the language immersion model

        A majority of the Catalan parties are coming together to defend the Catalan language at school

        The Spanish Government has again made an attempt to attack the model of language immersion in Catalan schools. The Spanish Minister of Education presented an appeal to the Court of Justice of Catalonia against the decision of the Catalan Government that regulates the standards of pre-enrollment to public schools.

        How many electoral lists are presented by each party in the Catalan Countries?

        How many electoral lists are presented by each party in the Catalan Countries?

        The PP is the party with the most candidates, followed by the PSOE

          Spanish President Rajoy and the lobby Puente Aéreo, without Rato, are joining together against separatism

          A month from municipal elections and five months before 27-S, the Spanish President has called for a lunch with representatives of Puente Aero, a lobby made up of forty influential businessmen from Madrid and Barcelona.

          The Spanish Constitutional Court suspends the Catalan Foreign Affairs law

          The Spanish Constitutional Court suspends the Catalan Foreign Affairs law

          The Generalitat maintains foreign action despite the Spanish attack

          The foreign affairs law of the Government of Catalonia is one of the obsessions of the ruling party PP and the government of Mariano Rajoy. 

          'The Spanish Intelligence Center put a radical in charge of the Spanish Islamic Commission'

          Spain's interior minister has sought to link Islamic radicalism and Catalan independence, and to stir up some trouble for Fundació Nous Catalans, a nonprofit that works to help immigrants integrate and put down roots in Catalonia.

          Sant Jordi festival: the story told through the prism of the legend, the rose and the book

          Hundreds of people go out for a stroll around the book stands, to buy a rose or attend one of the many programmed events

          Sant Jordi, celebrated on the 23rd of April, is one of the best-loved festivals in the Catalan calendar. Even when it falls on a working day, hundreds of people go out for a stroll around the book stands, to buy a rose or attend one of the many programmed events.

          Catalonia exports its #BooksAndRoses tradition to the world

          Catalonia exports its #BooksAndRoses tradition to the world

          There will be activities in 32 countries worldwide and a group of foreign journalists will spend the day in Barcelona

          Mas in New York: 'Spain has to be what it wants to be, but Catalonia has to too, without being imposed on'

          Mas in New York: 'Spain has to be what it wants to be, but Catalonia has to too, without being imposed on'

          Before an audience of more than three hundred people, the President of the Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas, last night gave a talk (pdf) at Columbia University in New York, where he stated that the time has come for Catalonia to create an independent state. Mas described the current situation of the Catalonia and assured that if the people vote for the independentist parties in September, the separation process will be started.

          ANC's plan for Eleventh September: Fill Barcelona's Meridiana Avenue

          ANC's plan for Eleventh September: Fill Barcelona's Meridiana Avenue

          Presented its plans for a rally on Catalonia's National Day

          Portrayal of 9-N offers glimpse into inner workings of Catalan political power

          Portrayal of 9-N offers glimpse into inner workings of Catalan political power

          ?In his new book, Vicent Partal chronicles the journey that led to the 9-N vote

          The new book by VilaWeb's news director, Vicent Partal, 'Desclassificat 9-N. Història secreta d'una votació revolucionària', recounts the events that allowed more than two million Catalan citizens to vote on Catalonia's secession from Spain. 

          Carles Boix: 'It's time for Mas to go all out for independence'

          Carles Boix: 'It's time for Mas to go all out for independence'

          Interview with Princeton University professor

          Carles Boix is among the most authoritative voices in the discussion of Catalonia's process of secession from Spain. As a professor of politics at Princeton University, he has devoted many years to the study of secession processes among stateless nations.

          'I would be thrilled to be a part of the parliament that proclaimed independence'

          'I would be thrilled to be a part of the parliament that proclaimed independence'

          Interview with Carme Forcadell, the president of the ANC

          For the past three years, Carmen Forcadell has been president of the civil society organization that has lead the movement seeking Catalonia's secession from Spain. The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) has organized the three largest political demonstrations in Europe's history.

          Jaume Plensa: 'Works of art are a little David facing a giant architectural Goliath'

          From his studio, Plensa shares his thoughts on the humanisation of art and the role of his art in public spaces

          Jaume Plensa: 'Works of art are a little David facing a giant architectural Goliath'

          Sculptor Jaume Plensa has just won the Barcelona City Prize in the 'International Impact' category. 

          The studio of sculptor Jaume Plensa occupies a warehouse in an industrial estate in Sant Feliu de Llobregat. A bare, icy space with no remarkable features, it initially seemed to Plensa a place of exile. But now he's made it his own: 'It's a non-place, situated between a rubbish tip, which I see as a storage facility for memories, and the cemetery, which is the future.

          Haggadot: The Jewish splendor of the Catalan Gothic

          Haggadot: The Jewish splendor of the Catalan Gothic

          After six centuries the Jewish haggadot return to Barcelona

          CDC and ERC signed a preliminary agreement for the proclamation of independence

          CDC and ERC signed a preliminary agreement for the proclamation of independence

          The ruling party and the opposition have formalized the draft

          The preliminary agreement of the roadmap of the unitary process towards sovereignty that was reached a few days ago has been formalized. 

          The CUP, prepared to be added to the roadmap towards independence

          The roadmap agreed upon yesterday is seen favorably by the third Catalan separatist party of the Catalan parliament, the CUP, which is prepared to join it. 

          Rajoy sets in motion new challenge against independence roadmap

          Rajoy sets in motion new challenge against independence roadmap

          He has commissioned a report to weigh a lawsuit against the text

          The MACBA censored an exhibition showing a sculpture of the former King

          The exhibition 'The beast and the sovereign' at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art open its doors finally, after it was canceled because of disagreements between the organizing team and the managers of the museum.

          The no vote to the independence of Catalonia extends its advantage, according to the CEO

          A no vote to independence would today be the result of a referendum on the independence of Catalonia, according to the barometer of the Centre for Opinion Studies (Centre d'Estudis d'Opinió - CEO) made public today. 

          Rift in Catalan Green Left over Secessionism

          Rift in Catalan Green Left over Secessionism

          ICV's bid for a confederal model rattles the party's pro-independence ranks · Raül Romeva abandons the party

          Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds (ICV), the party of the Catalan Green Left, has defined itself around the issue of Catalan independence. The party, which favours the right to decide on the nation's political future and supported the unofficial 9-N independence vote, has come out in favour of a confederal model, in which a free and sovereign Catalonia 'will be able to fit into a plurinational Spain'.

          Spanish justice suspends for three years Judge Vidal for an offence of opinion

          Spanish justice suspends for three years Judge Vidal for an offence of opinion

          He promoted and presented a proposal for a Catalan constitution. 

          The Spanish General Council of Judicial Power (CGPJ) has suspended for three years judge Santiago Vidal from the Barcelona Audience for having promoted and presented a proposal for a Catalan constitution.  

          The removal of Judge Vidal is an accelerated turn to Francoism

          The removal of Judge Vidal is an accelerated turn to Francoism

          'The legislative, executive and judicial powers are ever more mixed in the Spanish state'

          The Spanish Government wants to block the Catalan Law of Foreign Affairs

          The Spanish Government wants to block the Catalan Law of Foreign Affairs

          It will submit an appeal against the law before the Constitutional Court 

          The vice-president of the Spanish Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría announced that the Spanish government has decided to file an appeal before the Constitutional Court against the Catalan Government's Law of Foreign Affairs. 

          The Constitutional Court unanimously annuls the 9-N independence vote

          The Constitutional Court unanimously annuls the 9-N independence vote

          It also suspends to precepts of the voting law 

            The Spanish Constitutional Court has agreed to declare unconstitutional, and therefore , the original call to the independence vote of 9 November (9-N) and two precepts of the non referendary voting law.  

            A PP senator for Valencia is masking the brutality of the regime in Azerbaijan

            Human rights violations are a constant in Azerbaijan; political dissent is punished, and, at present, political activists have been held in prison for many months on dubious charges and without trial. 

            Catalonia seen from the outside

            Catalonia seen from the outside

            Catalonia is still in the headlines. It is one of the top media stories all around the world. We offer you an updated list of the news stories that focus on the Catalan independence political process

            Antoni Castellà: 'If independence wins on 27-S, we must make a deal with Podemos in Madrid'

            Antoni Castellà: 'If independence wins on 27-S, we must make a deal with Podemos in Madrid'

            In an interview with Vilaweb, the member of the steering committee of Unió Democràtica de Catalunya reveals the post-election strategy he would favour

            One of the unknowns in the months before the 27 September parliamentary elections in Catalonia, which are being billed as a de facto plebiscite on Catalan independence from Spain, is the role that Unió Democràtica de Catalunya (UDC) will be playing. Unió is the ally of President Mas's own party, Convergència.

            According to a study by the Professional Association of Economists of Catalonia (Col·legi d'Economistes), an independent Catalonia would obtain a much better grade from rating agencies than it currently gets, taking into account its diversified economy and higher GDP per capita than the European average. Specifically, it would obtain an A+ rating, 7 levels higher than Catalonia's current BB 'junk bond', using Standard&Poor's classification.