The infographic presents key milestones in the history of Catalonia as well as arguments for and against Catalonia’s independence - Debating Europe
GMF Blog: Catalonia, Scotland, and Flanders Force Separatism Back on the EU Agenda. The responses from officials in Brussels show that they are determined not to be distracted by this sideshow as they focus on fixing the EU’s financial underpinnings. As much as Catalonia, Scotland, and Flanders might make credible cases for independence, EU legalities might mean that their efforts remain a pipedream.
New York Times: Sept. 2014 - Editorial: Voter ID on trial in Texas: An absurdly strict law that accepts as proof of identity a concealed-weapon permit but not a student identification card is being challenged in court.
The Economist: The cost of freedom. Catalans are rightly proud that more than half of their trade flows outside of Spanish borders. France is the top destination, accounting for of Catalonia's exports.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States Blog: Spain’s Growing Catalan Conundrum. Nicholas Siegel: "On September 11, 2012, a tsunami hit Spanish politics. The reconfiguring of Catalan politics could just as likely mark the deeper entrenchment of secessionist sentiments, with leaders less willing to compromise now gaining ascendancy. Policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic would do well to keep a close eye on the swirling politics of Catalonia."
Using Spanish law to block Catalonia’s independence consultation may simply encourage Catalans to construct their own ‘alternative legality’ - blogs.lse.ac.uk, Neus Torbisco Casals and Nico Krisch, November 4th, 2014. "The way out has to be a return to politics – to political argument, persuasion, a mutual attempt at understanding, and a strong commitment to addressing substantive grievances and refounding the state on more equal and inclusive grounds."
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