International Policy Digest

Spanish Diplomatic Behaviour in the Wake of Catalan Nationalism

Spain and Catalonia have been living in a climate of open conflict since the suspension of the Estatut d’Autonomia de Catalunya (the Catalan Statute of Autonomy) in 2010 and with increasing intensity …

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The National

Revealed: Spain’s secret dossier on Nicola Sturgeon’s speech

An official from the Spanish embassy followed last year’s SNP conference in Glasgow and, as well as reporting on the First Minister’s address, highlighted a tribute to former Catalan education minister Professor Clara Ponsati – The …

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Foreign Policy

Spain’s Dictator Is Dead, but the Debate About Him Lives On

Last month, within days of taking office, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced his government’s intention to exhume the remains of Francisco Franco, the strongman who ruled Spain from the …

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The National

Catalan President Quim Torra issued fine by Spain for yellow ribbons display

Catalan President Quim Torra was yesterday hit with fines of €8500 (£7750) for refusing to remove yellow bows from public buildings and speaking in support of the jailed politicians, public …

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Politico

Josep Borrell: Europe’s undiplomatic envoy

Josep Borrell has big ambitions for the post of EU foreign policy chief, and a strong temperament that could make it work — if he doesn’t alienate everyone in the …

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Vilaweb

Singer Joan Baez expresses support for Catalan independence movement

Legendary American singer-songwriter, Joan Baez, visited on Friday the former parliament speaker, Carme Forcadell, in the Mas d’Enric prison, and afterwards expressed her support for Catalan independence. “I give my …

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The National

Court criticises Spanish national police for indyref violence

A Catalan court has criticised Spain’s National Police Corps for using force against would-be voters at a Barcelona school during the October 2017 independence referendum. The Barcelona Audience court said police had …

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The Politic

Homage to Orwell—The Misinformation Campaign Against Catalonia

On October 1, 2017—the day of the Catalan Independence Referendum—voters across Catalonia took to the polls and cast ballots, proudly practicing their democratic right to self determination. Mobilizing despite the …

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Telegraph

Catalonia accuses Spain of spying on its UK mission as order revealed to ‘get closer to Nicola Sturgeon’

Catalonia’s pro-independence government has accused Spain of spying on its internal communications with its UK diplomatic mission, after foreign ministry documents revealed Catalan plans to “get closer to Nicola Sturgeon”.

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Verfassungsblog

Empty Seats in the European Parliament: What About EU Citizenship?

The European Parliament started its new term with three empty seats. The Catalan politicians Carles Puigdemont, Antoni Comín and Oriol Junqueras got elected in the European Parliamentary elections of 26 May …

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