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Candide writes the website Cataloniawatch, which offers analysis of Catalan-related issues.

Scrupulously ridiculous

Artur Mas (left) and Oriol Junqueras.

Wednesday’s first session of the new Catalan parliament was not dedicated to the economic crisis and the social hardships it has caused, but to the issuing of a Declaration of Sovereignty that is legally void and politically dubious.

January 25th, 2013 | Posted in Iberoblog | Read More »

The argument for Spanish in Catalan schools

Catalan children arriving at school.

Catalan nationalists have made the question of teaching language into a central pillar of identity, defining those who dissent as unpatriotic – a deadly argument for any political debate. This is the second article in a two-part series.

December 19th, 2012 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Catalonia goes Kosovo

Barcelona's 2012 Diada.

The political crisis sparked by pro-independence sentiment in the northern region is heading towards an impasse. Swift action is needed to prevent Spain – and Europe – from suffering the consequences.

October 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Schrödinger’s Catalonia

Artur Mas.

The spotlight has been thrown on the Catalan region once again, following its request for an economic bailout from Madrid. But how are its nationalists expected to react to current developments?

September 5th, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Is Catalonia going the way of Slovenia?

Spain’s restive northern region is talking of independence. But besides the political obstacles, the legal ones are substantial.

April 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

The solution to the Catalan problem?

A possible pact involving fiscal controls and use of the Spanish language in schools might just soothe tensions between Madrid and Barcelona.

November 11th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

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