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SPAIN POLITICS: Spanish Government Will Take Control of Catalonia If Carles Puigdemont Replies Ambiguously to Madrid’s Question

SPAIN POLITICS: Spanish Government Will Take Control of Catalonia If Carles Puigdemont Replies Ambiguously to Madrid’s Question

“The answer must be without any ambiguity. He must say ‘yes’ or ‘no’,” Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told Cope radio.

“If he answers ambiguously, it means he doesn’t want dialogue and thus the Spanish government will have to take action,” he also said.

Puigdemont, who is holding consultations with local parties to prepare his answer, faces a tough dilemma.

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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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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Slams Spain’s Mariano Rajoy Over ‘Repression’ in Catalonia

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Slams Spain’s Mariano Rajoy Over ‘Repression’ in Catalonia

“Mariano Rajoy has chosen blood, sticks, blows, and repression against a noble people. Our hand goes out to the people of Catalonia. Resist, Catalonia! Latin America admires you,” Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

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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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SPAIN POLITICS: Donald Trump Says, Catalonia Independence is ‘Foolish’ Idea, ‘I’m for United Spain’

SPAIN POLITICS: Donald Trump Says, Catalonia Independence is ‘Foolish’ Idea, ‘I’m for United Spain’

US President Donald Trump said:

“I think Spain is a great country, and it should remain united. I think the people of Catalonia have been talking about this for a long time. I’m just for a united Spain.”

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SPAIN POLITICS: Sunday Catalonia Independence Referendum: Madrid Says Not Going to Happen, Orders Shutdown of All Polling Stations, Deploys Thousands of Police to the Region

SPAIN POLITICS: Sunday Catalonia Independence Referendum: Madrid Says Not Going to Happen, Orders Shutdown of All Polling Stations, Deploys Thousands of Police to the Region

The Spanish government still says the referendum is illegal and vows that it will not allow this to happen.

“I insist: there will be no referendum on October 1st,” government spokesperson Inigo Mendez de Vigo said on Friday during a press conference following the weekly cabinet meeting.

“The EU should interfere not to take sides …but just to say that those measures taken by the government of Madrid are not acceptable,” Member of the European Parliament Stelios Kouloglou said.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Spain Seizes Catalonia Finances to Block Independence Referendum

SPAIN POLITICS: Spain Seizes Catalonia Finances to Block Independence Referendum

Catalonia and other Spanish regions pay taxes to Madrid and are given a quota to spend on essential services. The region, which is home to around 7.5 million people, receives about 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) a month from the central government.

The takeover of finances “means that from now on (Catalan leaders) no longer have their money,” said a spokeswoman for Spain’s Budget Ministry, adding that they would not have the right to allot any “extra expense” beyond those already foreseen

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 21 July 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 21 July 2017

WORLD BRIEF: Spanish government told Catalonia it would lose access to some public funds if found using state money to organize a referendum on independence that Madrid says is illegal.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Catalonia Sets Vote on Independence from Spain for October 1

SPAIN POLITICS: Catalonia Sets Vote on Independence from Spain for October 1

“The question will be: ‘Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic’,” Carles Puigdemont, president of the government of Catalonia, said.

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SPAIN POLITICS: Spain Eases Opposition to Independent Scotland in EU

SPAIN POLITICS: Spain Eases Opposition to Independent Scotland in EU

Spain, at loggerheads with Britain over Gibraltar, appears to be easing its opposition to an independent Scotland in the European Union, saying it would not block such a move at least initially.

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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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CATALONIA: Will Catalonians Gain Freedom From Spain? Voting Starts Now

CATALONIA: Will Catalonians Gain Freedom From Spain? Voting Starts Now

“These elections are special. They have aroused interest in Catalonia and around the world,” said Catalonia’s top electoral official, Meritxell Borras.

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SPAIN: Catalonia Independence Takes Center Stage

SPAIN: Catalonia Independence Takes Center Stage

Polls show the independence parties headed for a slim win.

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