Artur Mas and Catalonia’s Quest for Independence

Jan 30, 2018

In this guest edition of The Interview, Silvia Alvarez Ribes talks to former Catalan President Artur Mas. With the controversial investiture debate — in which a new pro-independence government headed by Carles Puigdemont will be elected in the Catalan parliament — set to take place, former...

Catalonia Is Still in Limbo

Jan 15, 2018

Catalonia’s political landscape remains dominated by forces more interested in separating from Spain than governing this fragile region. Most people start the new year with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future. It’s unlikely, however, that many Spaniards will be as...

Spain’s Art Repatriation Feud with Catalonia

Dec 02, 2017

Spain sees Catalonia as a property. The use of direct rule to recover disputed art proves it. The Spanish government has been exercising direct rule over Catalonia since October. This week, Spanish Culture Minister Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, acting as Catalan culture minister, has used his...

Unrest and Uncertainty to Continue in Catalonia

Nov 27, 2017

The upcoming election marks the next turning point in a constitutional crisis triggered by Madrid’s decision to dissolve the Catalan government. The run-up to the regional election on December 21 is widely seen as a second referendum on Catalan independence, which has fueled continued protests...

The Future of Spain’s Territorial Integrity

Nov 16, 2017

It is unlikely that recent developments in Catalonia will have an impact on the territorial organization of Spain. Politicians in Madrid and citizens all over Spain accept the fact that Catalonia’s dream is to become an independent republic. However, nobody thought that the pro-independence...

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