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CATALAN POLITICS: Carles Puigdemont Casamajó Biography

CATALAN POLITICS: Carles Puigdemont Casamajó Biography

Carles Puigdemont (Carles Puigdemont Casamajó) was born on December 29th 1962 in Amer (la Selva) and currently lives in Girona.

Carles Puigdemont (Carles Puigdemont Casamajó) is also interested in the projection of Catalonia in the foreign media and has followed it closely since the late eighties. In 1994 he published the book Cata…què?

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SPAIN POLITICS: Mariano Rajoy Faces Biggest Constitutional Crisis After Violent Secession Vote in Catalonia

SPAIN POLITICS: Mariano Rajoy Faces Biggest Constitutional Crisis After Violent Secession Vote in Catalonia

Puigdemont called an emergency meeting of the Catalan regional government. In Madrid, Rajoy planned to coordinate next steps in a meeting with Pedro Sanchez, leader of the opposition Socialists. Puigdemont’s comments threw down a challenge to Rajoy, who has the constitutional power to sack the regional government and put Catalonia under central control pending fresh elections.

The anti-independence newspaper El Pais wrote in an editorial of Rajoy’s “absolute inability to manage the crisis since the very beginning”.

“What happened yesterday was pathetic. When Rajoy stepped up, it was surreal. Nothing has changed and I’ve no idea how things can be fixed now,” said Elvira Ramisa, 58, talking in her kitchen in the small town of Sant Pere de Torello while the latest news blared on the radio.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Spanish Police Burst into Catalonia Polling Stations Confiscating Ballot Boxes, Voting Papers

SPAIN POLITICS: Spanish Police Burst into Catalonia Polling Stations Confiscating Ballot Boxes, Voting Papers

Around 70 polling stations had been raided by police, Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said. The aim of the raids was to seize referendum material and not to target people wanting to vote, another senior government official said.

“This is a great opportunity. I’ve waited 80 years for this,” said 92-year-old Ramon Jordana, a former taxi driver waiting to vote in Sant Pere de Torello, a town in the foothills of the Pyrenees and a pro-independence bastion.

The Catalania government said voters could print out ballot papers at home and lodge them at any polling station not closed down by police.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 18 August 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 18 August 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Catalan government official Joaquim Forn said, “The priority right now is work out the identity of these people, to prove and show the relationship between the different people involved, those that took the van and those that have been able to escape,” Forn said.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Catalans to Hold Referendum on Independence From Spain

SPAIN POLITICS: Catalans to Hold Referendum on Independence From Spain

“We are now preparing the referendum because … either in an agreed way or not, we need to be ready,” Raul Romeva said on Thursday at the Catalan regional government’s representative office in London.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Thousands Protest As Former Catalonia Head Starts Referendum Trial

SPAIN POLITICS: Thousands Protest As Former Catalonia Head Starts Referendum Trial

The trial comes at a time of high tension between Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s minority government and Catalonia, where a vehemently pro-independence local administration took power in 2015.

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SPAIN: Catalan Parliament Votes Yes To Independence Referendum

SPAIN: Catalan Parliament Votes Yes To Independence Referendum

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s stand-off with the Catalan separatists has sharpened at a time when national politics have ground to a halt.

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SPAIN: Catalans Rally In Support Of Independence

SPAIN: Catalans Rally In Support Of Independence

“We don’t really care anymore about who will govern in Madrid,” said Montse Pedra, 39, a speech therapist at the rally in Barcelona, where campaigners waved the starred blue, red and yellow pro-independence flags.

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