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Politics 28-06-2021

PM Sanchez to meet Catalan regional president, open dialogue

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is set to meet Catalonia’s regional president and pro-independence leader Pere Aragonès in a bid to open a new era of political dialogue and solve the crisis between Madrid and the local government, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
Politics 14-06-2021

Thousands rally in Madrid against pardons for Catalan separatists

Thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday (13 June) to protest against pardons the Spanish government is poised to grant to 12 Catalan separatist leaders serving sentences of between 9 and 13 years in prison for their roles in an unauthorised independence referendum.
Politics 27-05-2021

Spanish government mulls pardon for jailed Catalan separatists

Spain's government is considering pardoning 12 Catalan separatist politicians sentenced in 2017 for their role in holding an illegal independence referendum in the region, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has confirmed. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Elections 13-05-2021

Spain eyes fresh elections in Catalonia to tackle political crisis

A new regional election could be a possible way to unblock the political crisis in Catalonia after separatist parties were unable to reach an agreement and form a pro-independence executive, the Spanish government has said. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 02-03-2021

Three in four EU citizens want a more sovereign Europe

The demand for more European sovereignty within the EU is strong despite disparities between countries, according to a study published Tuesday (2 March) by the Jean Jaurès Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, in partnership with the Ipsos polling institute. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 16-02-2021

Tough negotiations for a likely pro-independence government in Catalonia begin

After the narrow win of socialist party candidate Salvador Illa in Catalonia's regional elections on Sunday (14 February), the first round of negotiations began on Monday to build a new – likely pro-independence – government in Spain's most prosperous region, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports. 
Europe's East 09-04-2019

Georgia remembers its 9 April

On 9 April 1989, Soviet tanks rolled into Tbilisi, and Georgians realised Gorbachev’s regime was just as steeped in blood as that of his predecessors. Thirty years on, Georgia remembers its heroes, writes Natalie Sabanadze.
Enlargement 14-02-2017

Poll: Serbs unwilling to go to war over Kosovo

Relations between Serbia and Kosovo may seem tense. But a new poll by an NGO shows that an overwhelming majority of Serbians wouldn’t support armed conflict in order to reclaim the province, which unilaterally declared independence in 2008. Euractiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 15-02-2016

Tear gas clouds Kosovo’s independence anniversary

Eight years after ethnic Albanians joyously declared Kosovo's independence from Serbia, chaotic scenes of MPs releasing tear gas in their parliament hardly gives the impression of a successfully functioning state.
Regional Policy 30-07-2015

Ignacio Molina: Catalan separatists will never gain EU support

Many of the most radical Catalan separatists believe the autonomous elections on 27 September 27 this year will open the door to the question of secession from Spain. Researcher Ignacio Molina believes this is a dangerous idea. 
Elections 22-07-2015

Catalan separatists send shudders through Madrid

After the new Catalan separatist bloc warned it would declare independence if it wins the 27 September regional elections, Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy said he'll do everything he can to stop it. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Med & South 31-03-2015

Catalonia nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

Catalan nationalist parties have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.
Med & South 19-01-2015

Catalonia takes election gamble to keep independence drive alive

Catalonian leaders are hoping that a regional election in September will keep alive a fading independence drive and force the hand of Spain's central government - but the move could also backfire.
Elections 15-10-2014

Spain’s Rajoy says “chapter of dialogue” is opened with Catalonia

Spain's Prime Minister said on Wednesday ( 15 October) that a new "chapter of dialogue" was being opened with Catalonia, after the northeastern region dropped plans to hold a referendum on independence next month.
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Economy & Jobs 10-10-2014

Catalan official: “We cannot treat Catalonia like a third country”

“There is no provision in the EU treaties to describe a process like the one is happening in Catalonia”, says secretary for Foreign and EU Affairs of the Government of Catalonia Roger Albinyana.
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Brexit 19-09-2014

EU says Scotland’s NO vote good for “united and stronger” Europe

In a poll that attracted over 84% turnout, Scotland voted on Thursday to remain part of the United Kingdom by around 55% to 45%.
Brexit 19-09-2014

EU and NATO breathes sigh of relief after Scotland ‘No’ vote

European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday (19 September) at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.
Brexit 08-09-2014

Scottish independence advocates take lead ahead of 18 September vote

Supporters of Scottish independence from Britain have taken their first opinion poll lead since the referendum campaign began, indicating a real possibility that they might win, according to a YouGov survey for the Sunday Times.
Edinburgh
Elections 03-09-2014

UK government: Independent Scotland can’t both rejoin the EU and keep the pound

An independent Scotland could not rejoin the EU if it used the pound informally, a senior British minister will say on Tuesday (9 September), according to a former top EU official. Scotland's historic independence referendum is less than three weeks away.
Edinburgh
Elections 28-08-2014

Business leaders urge Scots to vote ‘no’ in independence referendum

More than 130 business leaders on Wednesday (27 August) spoke out against Scottish independence, saying the economic risks of secession days after the campaign to end the union was boosted by a strong performance in a TV debate.
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EU Priorities 2020 10-06-2014

Catalan separatists build ‘human towers’ across EU to back independence referendum

Human towers, 8 levels high. Independence flags and signs saying “Catalans want to vote”.
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Global Europe 15-04-2014

EU insists that an independent Catalonia would leave the EU

The European Commission insisted on Tuesday that Catalonia would have to leave the EU if it becomes independent from Spain. The comments came after a group of advisers to the Catalan government published a report saying that an independent Catalonia would be able to stay in the EU.
Regional Policy 28-01-2014

Scotland and Catalonia gear up for independence votes

Both regions will vote on their independence this year but the legal issue of their relation to the EU in the case of secession is far from obvious, EURACTIV France reports.
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16-09-2013

Brussels says an independent Catalonia would need to leave EU

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'.