New elections in Catalonia coming: By force or peacefully?

New elections in Catalonia coming: By force or peacefully?

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock In a letter to prime minister Mariano Rajoy, Catalan president Carles Puigdemont asks Spain to end “repression of the Catalan people”. Puigdemont still did not say whether or not Catalonia declared independence. Meanwhile, a prosecutor seeks to hold Catalan police chief in prison with no bail. Puigdemont Requests “Sincere Dialog” Last […]

Rajoy boxed in with losing options: Catalonia suspends independence declaration

Rajoy boxed in with losing options: Catalonia suspends independence declaration

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock However, Puigdemont still maintains the legality of the October 1 referendum in Catalonia, stating Catalans had “won their right to become an independent country.” For now, Puigdemont seeks dialogue with Madrid. Catalonia Suspends Declaration of Independence The Independent reports Catalonia Suspends Declaration of Independence From Spain The Catalan government has said it […]

“Occupation” forces booted from Catalonia: What’s next?

“Occupation” forces booted from Catalonia: What’s next?

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock 10,000 police from Spain tried to stop a Catalonia independence referendum but failed. In the wake of the referendum, in which 90% voted for independence, Catalans now refer to the Spanish police as an occupation force. Mayors in two cities booted 500 of them. What’s Next? Anti-Police Strike Hits Public Services […]

Catalan independence vote October 1: Why? What’s at stake? What do the polls suggest?

Catalan independence vote October 1: Why? What’s at stake? What do the polls suggest?

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Unless the central government in Madrid forcibly stops elections, the Catalan Independence Vote will take place on October 1. Politico covers What Spain has to Lose from Catalan Independence. Catalonia Percent of Spain Voting Intentions Poll Source in Spanish: Centre d’Estudis d’Opinió (CEO) June 2017 2015 Advisory Voting Map Why? Please consider Why some Catalans […]

Catalan independence movement feared to worsen divisions in Spain

Catalan independence movement feared to worsen divisions in Spain

BARCELONA, Spain – Police on Monday shot and killed the man believed to have driven the van that mowed down pedestrians along the famed Las Ramblas promenade here last week, bringing an end to a high-stakes dragnet that had put the nation on edge. But even as Catalonians and Spaniards breathed a sigh of relief, […]

Brexit puts Gibraltar’s British subjects in bind

Brexit puts Gibraltar’s British subjects in bind

GIBRALTAR | Negotiations over Britain’s exit from the European Union starting this week are likely to prove long and difficult, but perhaps nowhere will they be more disruptive than on this rock outcropping/colony of 32,000 British subjects that juts out of Spain’s southern tip. Brexit is casting uncertainty for communities throughout the United Kingdom and […]

Spain is without a national government — and Spaniards are digging it

Spain is without a national government — and Spaniards are digging it

By Joseph T. Salerno / Mises Wire With neither major party able to secure a majority of seats in the national legislature and the two parties unable to agree on a coalition government, for the last 10 months Spain has had a do-nothing caretaker government for the first time in its history. While basic government services continue, no new legislation is being […]

Jihadists target Spain

Jihadists target Spain

By Soeren Kern / Gatestone Institute Islamic militants are stepping up a propaganda war against Spain. In recent months, Islamic State and other jihadist groups have produced a flurry of videos and documents calling on Muslims to reconquer al-Andalus. Al-Andalus is the Arabic name given to those parts of Spain, Portugal and France occupied by […]

Rajoy loses first vote, still no government in Spain; what’s next?

Rajoy loses first vote, still no government in Spain; what’s next?

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy came up six votes short in his attempt to build a coalition government, as expected in this corner. Rajoy and his People’s Party (PP) worked out an agreement with Ciudadanos (Citizens), but the socialists (PSOE), the radical left Unidos Podemos (United We Can), and small separatist […]