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We're happy in Europe, we feel European and we understand we are Europeans. We want to keep being Europeans. We don't want to compare ourselves to the English. They have their own motives.
There were students on board, many of them foreign students studying in Catalonia and in Barcelona who had traveled to Valencia for the Fallas and were returning.
I will not allow anyone to assume unlimited powers outside the laws of democracy. I will uphold the law and democracy throughout Spain, starting by defending the Spanish sovereignty present inside the people of Spain.
I want to make it clear that personally, this is a very painful decision. But I feel calm. My candidate to become the next regional president is the Mayor of Girona and president of the association of pro-independence Catalan town mayors, Carles Puigdemont.
The election represents the end of the two-party system and the emergence of a pole lead by Podemos and Pablo Iglesias which is going to change Spanish politics forever.
We don't want a pact with [the conservative] Rajoy or [the Socialist] Sanchez. We want to beat them, and that's very different. There is a conservative-socialist pact to pretend that we are all either red or blue, in order to maintain an obsolete party-ocracy, a pact to conceal corruption.
Above all, to strengthen the basic pillars of a democracy of rights, which are public health, education and pensions.
When I talk to everyone wondering how to vote, to those who haven't decided, I ask them to think about those people. The time has surely come to be done with the hard-nosed cheats and thieves who go into politics as a way to stuff their pockets, to get rich. We need educated, dignified people who don't make promises but who offer guarantees.
I don't think the 1978 constitution is obsolete. It is quite a modern text. It was very advanced for its time. Its protection of rights makes it one of the most progressive, compared to others around it. However, it's true that in 1978 it wasn't possible to provide answers to questions that have become problematic today, notably that of territoriality.
What we are asking is for the resolution and its effects to be suspended.
What we are asking is for the resolution and its effects to be suspended. Obviously a parliament can approve, within its powers, laws and resolutions that it considers to be timely and appropriate. This is an appeal against a resolution that aims to break up the unity of Spain.
It seems a joke to me to be thinking about where the teams will play if independence happens, with all that is happening in this country. There are things more important than football.
Clubs' finances are decided by their TV revenues. In an independent Catalonia of eight million people, you could be a team based around a youth system like Ajax, Celtic, Standard [Liege], etc… and at most reach the last 16 or quarter-finals of the Champions League, for example.
What is Junts pel Si going to do now?
One thing's undeniably clear for everyone; whether you're Junts pel Si (Together for Yes) or the CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy); This election was a big contest about one issue – independence or not. And the result was a clear victory for the yes camp.
Artur Mas called these elections because he said that most of Catalonia was with him but the majority of Catalans have given him the cold shoulder and we're opting for coexistence.
I think it would give us enough power to take the first step towards building a fairer state and the resources to build a more socially-oriented country.
If things have to be improved, let's do it, but let's do it together.
The Catalan electoral campaign is expected to be an intense affair. The election is of strategic importance for the main national parties.It will give a taste of the strength of the independence vote and indicate how people will cast their ballots come December's general election.
No one is going to break up Spain in any way. Nobody is going to turn citizens of Catalonia into foreigners in their own country, which is what some people are attempting to do. The state and government will not leave you unprotected.
All I'm asking Mr Mas to do is respect the law and be neutral, because the least he can do is respect the will of the Catalan citizens and the law. So that means that he can only dissolve the Catalan parliament and call for elections. Nothing less and above all nothing more.
These are consultations that have no value, which can not be considered as a referendum, they are simply acts of political propaganda.
Of all the territories in Spain, more than 30 years after the establishment of democracy, Catalonia contributes the most to Spain's GDP and to economic growth, and yet it is the territory with the least public spending in Spain.
The people of Catalonia have spoken, clearly voting in favour of the process toward independence.
The people of Catalonia should be consulted next year on their political future.
There are millions of Catalans who feel like orphans because they don't have a government because it has put all its focus on the separatism movement and the independence of Catalonia.
"The people of Catalonia should be consulted next year on their political future."
You're in charge of recruiting, and you haven't stopped hiring, in spite of the crisis. How have you managed to keep this up? How many people do you need each year?
I don't think about the future because I never thought I'd leave Romania. I didn't imagine myself anywhere else. Life there might have been harder but I didn't think of leaving. It was chance that brought us to Guissona. Now we've lived here for ten years. I don't know what will happen one month from now, let alone ten years away. Plan ahead? I honestly don't know.
If we leave the Spanish state behind, we will also leave the crisis behind.
But things get more complicated when you take into account the economic crisis which has a much greater impact on funding and the good functioning of the economy.
So these two elements, the lack of understanding of Catalonia's position and the dire economic situation help explain what is happening in Catalonia.
I think there are two fundamental reasons. The first is the lack of consensus, of affection, of tenderness, whatever words you chose to describe the attitude of the rest of Spain towards Catalonia. First of all, that stems from the People Party's appeal against the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia, and from the partial annulment by the Spanish constitutional tribunal.
Mr Carnicer, you headed talks with Madrid aimed at improving funding for the region, but three years down the line, plans have been buried because the new government wanted a fiscal pact similar to the Basque country. What happened? How did things get so bad that Catalonia is now demanding separation from Spain?
No, Rajoy can not divest Artur Mas, nor suspend autonomy. Firstly, any suspension of autonomy would mean putting on hold the activities of the autonomous government and those of the parliament of Catalonia as well. That is not permitted by the constitution. As for divesting the governing president, that is provided for in the penal code but can only be imposed by a judge. In any case, Rajoy can denounce Mas through the state prosecutor, and launch a formal complaint with a judge, but it would be for the judge to decide whether to strip him of his office.
In a democracy, one resolves the challenges ahead with more democracy. Nobody can be scared by others expressing their opinions by casting a ballot. This is our compromise, what we were given the task to do by a great majority of Catalans with their vote in the last autonomous election. Catalonia wants to speak, to be heard, to vote.
We could say that a majority of Catalan society wants to be heard on this subject – people who want to vote. But [only] a minority [of them] want independence. There is also the matter of properly debating the consequences for everyone, in relation to Europe, in relation to being a country among other countries of the world. I'm talking about a Catalonia and its economy – all that. We have not really had enough in-depth debate about this. That is because the media in Catalonia are highly monopolised or heavily influenced by the most nationalistic voices.
The formal contestation as provided for in article 161-2 of the constitution means the court must automatically suspend the referendum for as long as it examines the case. In this sense, from a legal point of view, holding the referendum on 9 November is impossible. They could, however, organise mock voting. It seems that's what some independence parties want to do.
If what he wanted was to create tension, divide the society, go above the law, we need to recognise that those objectives were reached. If what he wanted was to show a pro-independence Catalonia he failed.
We think that the Popular Party's is trying a xenophobic, racist campaign and if it works, they will use if for their campaign in 2012 election.
Most Catalonian people do not want independence, they do not want this division. What you are doing today is applying pressure in defiance of the Spanish government.
We have witnessed, well I don't know what to call it, the intention to celebrate something akin to, I'm not sure if it even has a name, to a pseudo-consultation which has not been called for, as you all know, which does not fulfil any democratic conditions and everyone knows it does not fulfil them because it does not make any sense, is not supported legally, and is not backed by a body to oversee its neutrality.
It's a great joy that they will no longer torture and kill defenceless bulls in Barcelona, but sad because it will go on in the rest of Spain.
It is clear that Mas cannot govern alone. He has had a very big electoral setback. He has lost nearly 20 percent of his seats. That means he will have to put together a coalition government or find stable allies in parliament.
He has two opposing options. One is to govern with the Catalan Socialist Party. That could lead to an impasse for the sovereigntists and the consultation plan the Catalan president committed to. Another alternative would be with the Republican Left of Catalonia, the independence party which is the second-strongest political force. That would be to form an alliance between the two parties in first place, and whose main objective would be to engage in this consultation process.
Outgoing regional president Artur Mas leaves significantly weakened by this poll, but other independence-oriented parties gained votes, so Mas can govern [again] and organise a possible referendum. What strategy is he going to adopt now?
The separatists have failed. They have fewer politicians in the regional assembly than they did two years ago. They have lost two seats. This is what Artur Mas has achieved.
So ends an intense day of voting, in which Catalans have been able to have their say in an alternative consultation which has no legal but a highly symbolic effect.
Sooner or later independence is the logical thing, that's what I think, but it is not necessary to follow Catalonia or Scotland. I think that we have been asking it for long time and it has been shown that the Basque Country has an identity as a country.
This will not end until January 2012. That is why we are here, until the last bullfight.
It is so easy to imagine a scenario like the Scottish situation. It is very simple. A table, two chairs, some papers, a pen a lot of political will and sensitivity.
We're here to show our displeasure with the verdict, to demand the autonomy that was approved by the Catalan people. This rally demonstrates our dignity and national will.
They're now saying the Spanish Constitution is rigid and fixed rather than flexible and open. I think Catalonia must change strategy and really push for the right to decide its future.
I have ordered an investigation to find out all the circumstances related to the accident. Although everything indicates that it happened due to the imprudent failure to use the station underpass.
People arrived from all over Catalonia to form a gigantic V for vote, but above all they want the Madrid government to approve a vote on November 9. The Diada of the Referendum has become a demonstration of force and strength of the Catalan people.
For many years, we have walked side by side building our democracy. Together we have resolved problems even more difficult than the ones we face today, and always with the same objective:- to reach a common goal.
Over the last month and a half bond interest rates are down more than two percent, since Draghi spoke at the end of July. There was strong demand in the days before the auction and today too. They were buying bonds before, they continued to buy today, and the initial operations after the auction were good.
If they said, Hey – thanks for helping us out' – because we do help them out. But they don't, they say we're bad, we're cheap, we're the worst thing possible. So bye, bye.
They always say it's because of money, but it isn't. We love a united Spain, the language, the culture. Catalonia has always taken people in, you can ask other people about that.
It's been almost four years and the parties in government have done nothing except rescue the banks. Although it's late, we must react to this emergency.
We have developed a new bioplastic based on whey protein, used for making recyclable food packaging.
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I blame those who have closed the operation rooms. They closed them and now it is we, the public, who are suffering from these cuts.
I can't imagine that the EU wants to keep out a state that brings money into the European Union and is very pro European Union and in which the EU has invested heavily in the past.
The question is whether this region of seven and a half million people can be viable. Among the 20 most competitive countries in the world there are 14 that are less than 7 million (people).
The terrain is very difficult. There is no access and the forest is extremely dense. We are only able to work with special firefighting aircraft.
Faced with a text that meets none of the required conditions- it's neither a reform nor a statute and it's unconstitutional- we must send it back so its authors can correct it, in accordance with the constitution.
The government is not afraid of debate or reform.
It's not easy because there isn't the democratic tradition such as Britain has, which is more than a century old. Spain's democratic tradition as a state is very recent. We see this with the threatening tone of military declarations, which are a contrast to what happens in the UK. But that isn't what's relevant. We are beating our own path. And if we can speed the process up and declare independence at the end of the year or the beginning of next year, so much the better.
We expect it to be a kind of historic accelerator. The way the crisis is going today, we don't believe that Spain will accept a change in the way its autonomous communities are financed, and still less accept preferential conditions for Catalonia. Faced with this scenario, the only way out is a state living in harmony in its own right, with the same unity and equal conditions that other European people have, including in the Iberian peninsula.
We now turn to the third protagonist of this story, Judge José María Fernández Seijo, in Barcelona. You are a judge at Barcelona's business court, where Mr Mohamed Aziz brought a complaint against Catalonia Caixa Bank for abuse of his mortgage agreement, and he is asking for his eviction notice to be annulled. Why did you refer this case to the European Court of Justice?
…It will be difficult to reach an agreement because, I tell you, neither this government nor this party will agree to secession.
We use underwater microphones, that are called hydrophones, which allow us to capture sounds. Once we have captured these sounds, they are analysed in real time through a circuit which tells us whether they come from a cetacean, or whether they come from vessels, to help us understand the interaction between artificial sound and natural sound.
Here you have the whistling of cetaceans, but these marks indicate the presence of vessels.
It's a global network. It started in 2002 thanks to the Rolex Awards for Enterprise which we were awarded to avoid collisions between large cetaceans and vessels. As you can see on this map, all these dots indicate the locations of our different observatories. The sea is never silent.
The people arrested are suspected of having covered for, and helped escape, five of those implicated in the 2004 bombings in Madrid.
Absolutely, Catalonia has forbidden bullfights. They started by banning them in Barcelona. So it's clear and I think it's very positive that the Spanish themselves have started to get toether and work towards banning bullfighting. It's a good thing and they are helped and supported by associations like GAIA and others of course, to help these people and help the Spanish to put an end for once and for all to the shameful display they call bullfighting.
President Mas has abandoned his initial plan for a referendum but is proposing another vote run by volunteers. Is it still possible to have a vote in November under such complicated circumstances?
We still have a very useful tool, clearly identified. That's what most scares Madrid: ordinary elections called by the President of the Generalitat, in which some parties might decide to make a united list with a single programme. If that list and programme are backed by an absolute majority of votes, the referendum is won.
We always said the vote was not going to happen because it is totally against the constitution. Today, we fulfil our obligation to lodge an appeal against a decision which seriously jeopardises the rights of all Spaniards.
The Catalan government is going to hold this consultation within existing legal frameworks which give us jurisdiction as far as civic participation is concerned.
Maestro, what do you feel before your last bullfight at the Monumental in Barcelona, knowing the place is taking its last bow before the public. What hurts more: being gored by the horns or closing the bull rings?
I have mixed feelings. I am shocked to the bone because this is an attack against the expression of a culture. It's an attack against many people's freedom, and above all an attack against the bull itself.
We are still independentists, federalists. We want independence everywhere, from Scotland to Catalonia or Crimea to Veneto. With Marine Le Pen we share some battles on immigration, taxes, agriculture, the euro, and the traditional family model. We still are federalists. She has another political vision. We want to create a movement at a European level because Italy cannot fight alone.
I was greeted by a sea of bowler hatted businessmen. Like clones. And I thought it was a set up. Some sort of stage thing, but dad said these are battery hens heading off to work, nine to five everyday, and they will do this til they turn sixty and then they will probably get a gold watch and drop dead.
As President of the Government I am and I will be everybody's President. I defend the permanence of Catalonia in Spain because I can't think of Spain without Catalonia and I can't think of Catalonia outside Spain and outside Europe.
It is unconstitutional and it will not happen. What the Catalan parties decided is in perfect opposition to the constitution and the law.
I want a Catalonia in Spain, in Europe, and I want a Spain in Europe like I want Galicia. That is our place, co-existing with democracy, freedom and progress in Catalonia.
This is something more than a simple railway. We are in front of one of the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure projects ever undertaken in our country. This is strategic infrastructure which is going to be a new hub of prosperity for Catalonia, the rest of Spain and the whole Europe.
These processes are a torpedo on the waterline of the European spirit because the EU was created to integrate states, not break them up. And that's the sign of the times, integration, not division. We need strong countries and unions to face the global challenges worldwide.
The Parliament of Catalonia is authorised to start the process of a Constitutional reform. This is what they should have done from the beginning. This is the only legal and responsible path to go forward with its proposals. Both me and my party will be against any Constitutional reform that leads to the end of the national sovereignty.
I want to make this Crown more visible in this land, to transmit messages of respect, understanding and coexistence that, as I pointed out in my proclamation, are inseparable to our Parliamentary Monarchy.
I think those things are best resolved through talking. And not through taking decisions unilaterally, then putting them in front of the rest of us afterwards.
National sovereignty will be safe as long as I am prime minister and no one will break Spain's unity as long as I am prime minister.