About: Artur Mas Archives

  • Barroso’s answer to Mas: Catalonia’s referendum on independence is a Spanish debate

     Video | Promoted content 08-01-2014

    20 days is how long Catalonia's President Artur Mas had to wait to get an answer from Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso. Earlier in December, Mas sent Barroso a letter seeking his support for the Spanish region to hold a referendum on independence next November.
    But once again Brussels refused to comment on what they see as a 'political internal matter', adding that the Commission has no powers to judge the situation.

  • EU warns an independent Catalonia would become a ‘third country’

     Video | Promoted content | Elections 13-12-2013

    Brussels warned Catalonia on Friday that it would no longer be an EU member state if it becomes independent from Spain.
    The warning came after Catalan separatist parties set November 2014 as the date in which an independence referendum will be held in the spanish north-east region of Catalonia. "Do you want Catalonia to be a state?" and "Do you want that state to be independent?" would be the two questions asked in the referendum.

  • Brussels says an independent Catalonia would need to leave EU

     Video | Promoted content 16-09-2013

    Brussels warned on Monday that the Spanish northeastern region of Catalonia would no longer be an EU member state if it becomes independent from Spain.
    The European Commission decided on Monday to indirectly set out its position on the Catalan self-determination debate, after it refused to comment on last weeks' pro-independence mass protest in Catalonia.
    Answering increasing demands from the Catalan government and the Spanish press, a top EU official said that any new independent state would become ' a third country'.