About: Catalonia

Elections 18-12-2017

Learning from Catalonia: What criteria for independence bids?

The EU needs to establish a rational basis for determining the legitimacy of independence bids. Secession of regions should be difficult to enact, but not impossible, argue Steven Hill and Andrew Watt.
Future EU 11-10-2017

The EU must get involved in the crisis in Catalonia

Unless the Catalan and Spanish authorities immediately open channels of dialogue about the constitutional future of Catalonia, the scenes witnessed last Sunday may only be a precursor of things to come. But for this dialogue to take place, the EU must be actively involved, argues Simon Toubeau.
Promoted content
Digital 28-07-2017

Catalonia to host urban security and inclusive cities conference

Catalonia and Barcelona will host the sixth international conference on urban security and inclusive cities. President of the Government of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont Casamajó writes about how proud he is to be host of the conference.
Elections 03-10-2016

EU should get involved in mediating Catalan debate

As Catalonia pledges to hold a referendum on independence from Spain in September 2017, Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras calls on the EU to be involved and mediate between the two parties.
Brexit 13-07-2016

Scotland offers Europe hope after Brexit catastrophe

Scotland has not let Europe down; it has given the EU the opportunity to salvage something from the wreckage of Brexit, writes Mark Dawson.
Elections 12-11-2015

Don’t compare the Portuguese and Spanish elections

Given the predicted poll results ahead of December's Spanish elections, and the crisis in Catalonia, it would be over-simplistic, and probably wrong, to compare political developments in Spain and Portugal, writes Elisa Lledó.
Languages & Culture 26-11-2012

Catalan elections: What alternative to secession?

The results of the Catalan elections of November 25 show that a majority of Catalans are likely to vote in favour of independence in case a referendum is organised. However, this majority is not very ample and suggests that the high expectations that were put on these elections by national and international media were exaggerated, writes Joan Marc Simon.
Euro & Finance 02-10-2012

Spain: Reform or break-up

A point of no return has been reached in the negotiations between the Spanish and Catalan governments, raising doubts about the future of the country, says Joan Marc Simon.