• The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, the Vice President and Minister of Economy, Oriol Junqueras, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, with the Catalan Parliament President Carme Forcadell (by ACN)

    Puigdemont to explain the Catalan Referendum in the European Parliament

    The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, the Vice President and Minister of Economy, Oriol Junqueras, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, will visit Brussels on the 24th of January to defend the Government plans to hold an independence referendum in 2017, the CNA has learnt. Puigdemont and his two more senior ministers, both of them former MEPs, will defend in the European Parliament Catalonia’s seeking of an agreement with the Spanish government to hold a legally binding referendum. However, they will point out that Madrid has repeatedly ruled out any discussion on the issue, arguing that a vote on independence is legally impossible. The Catalan President, the Vice President and the Foreign Affairs Minister will stress that Catalonia will celebrate the referendum even if Spain continues to refuse to engage in negotiation.

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Spanish Government Vice President and Minister for Territorial Administrations, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (by ACN)

16.01.17 - 14:39

Spanish Government sees referendum as 'democratic abnormality' and vows to fight it 'firmly'

Spanish Vice President, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, considers Catalonia’s push for a referendum a “democratic abnormality” since it is not allowed by the Spanish Constitution. In this vein, she warned...

Former Catalan President, Artur Mas, together with Catalan Government's Spokeswoman, Neus Munté and other representatives joined Francesc Homs on his way to the Court, last September in Madrid (by ACN)

11.01.17 - 18:30

Spanish Prosecutor demands 9-year ban from public office for Homs for allowing 9-N symbolic vote

The Spanish Supreme Court’s Prosecutor is calling for the suspension of Catalan Minister and Catalan European Democratic Party (PDCeCAT) spokesperson in the Spanish Parliament, Francesc Homs, from holding public office for a 9-year...

Close-up of the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont (by ACN)

09.01.17 - 18:22

Puigdemont won’t stand for president in next Catalan elections

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, has ruled out running again in the next Catalan elections. He had already stated this last January, when he took office, and he confirmed his intention during a radio interview on Thursday. “In a year...

Many representatives expressing their support to CUP councillor Joan Coma before Madrid's 'Audiencia Nacional' (by ACN)

28.12.16 - 16:53

CUP Councillor accused of insurrection laments Spain’s “anti-democratic nature”

Joan Coma, city councillor in Vic, a town 60 kilometres from Barcelona, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly ‘inciting to sedition’ when calling for disobedience against the Spanish institutions in a plenary session a year ago....

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, the Vice President and Minister of Economy, Oriol Junqueras, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, with the Catalan Parliament President Carme Forcadell (by ACN)

16.01.17 - 08:32

Puigdemont to explain the Catalan Referendum in the European Parliament

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, the Vice President and Minister of Economy, Oriol Junqueras, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, will visit Brussels on the 24

Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, attended former Portugal's President, Mário Soares' funeral at Lisbon (by ACN)

10.01.17 - 18:37

Romeva on Mario Soares: “He understood the singularity of Catalonia’s democratic demands”

Former Portugal President, Socialist Mario Soares “is and will always be an example for democracy, Europeanism and social democracy”, stated Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva. After attending Soares’...

Pro-independence MPs celebrate the passing of the proposal to call a referendum in September 2017 (by ACN)

30.12.16 - 20:33

New government in Spain, same old deadlock for Catalonia?

On the 29th of October, Conservative People’s Party leader, Mariano Rajoy, was invested again as Spanish President after 300 days of an acting government and two elections in six months. ‘Catalonia’s file’, that is to...

Representatives from National Alliance for the Right to Self-Determination, before this Friday's summit (by ACN)

23.12.16 - 20:06

Catalonia cross-party National Alliance bids for agreed referendum in 2017 with international recognition

The Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, called all members of the National Alliance for the Right to Self-Determination to a summit this Friday in order to find political and social consensus around the organisation of the...

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, during an interview with Catalunya Radio (by ACN)

12.01.17 - 20:51

Government “can’t continue” without passing the budget, Puigdemont warns

Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, insisted this Thursday on the importance of passing the budget for 2017. If the bill, which will be put to vote in February, doesn’t receive the required support in the Catalan Chamber, “the...

The Prime Minister of Latvia, Valdis Dombrovskis, interviewed by the CNA (by A. Segura)

10.01.17 - 12:52

Latvia’s Anti-fraud Office denies Dombrovskis was bribed to back Catalan independence

Latvia’s Anti-fraud Office couldn’t find any evidence to prove that former Latvian Prime Minister, Valdis Dombrovskis, was bribed to back Catalonia’s pro-independence aspirations. In an exclusive interview with the CNA in...

Vic City Councillor, Joan Coma, and his lawyer, CUP MP Benet Salellas in front of Madrid's Audiencia Nacional (by ACN)

28.12.16 - 17:19

Joan Coma testifies before the Court for defending “civil disobedience” in a plenary session

Joan Coma, a pro-independence radical left CUP councillor in Vic, a town 60 kilometres from Barcelona, was arrested on Tuesday for ‘insurrection’ when calling for disobedience against the Spanish institutions in a plenary session a...

Plate of the Spanish Constitutional Court's building, in Madrid (by ACN)

23.12.16 - 19:27

Spanish Court allows Catalonia to carry out foreign action but not establish bilateral relations

The Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) has backed the Catalan Government’s right to carry out foreign action but has dismissed the possibility of Catalonia establishing bilateral relations with other countries. The TC stated this Friday...

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