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Barcelona's Occupy Mayor Wins a Second Term

Elia Gran The Indypendent
Three weeks after appearing to lose her re-election bid, Barcelona's leftist mayor Ada Colau won another four-year term Saturday. Barcelona was not the only city that had elected a "municipalist" government.

Global Left Midweek - June 19, 2019

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Barcelona’s Experiment in Radical Democracy

Masha Gessen The New Yorker
Issues that Barcelona en Comú is tackling come up against limitations set by Catalan and Spanish law. The city lacks authority to regulate housing, although the city has created new affordable housing, has successfully limited the reach of Airbnb...

What is Happening in Catalonia and Spain

Vicente Navarro Social Europe
Two visions of Spain have always existed. One sees Spain as a uni-national state, centered in the capital of the Spanish Kingdom, Madrid. This vision denies the existence of other nations in Spain. It is the vision of the Bourbon Monarchic State, including the armed forces and the Catholic Church; it is the conservative version of Spain. Another vision of Spain, however, is plurinational, recognizing other nations in Spain, including Catalonia, the Basque Country, and Galicia.

Catalonia: The Left and Sovereign Alternative

David Companyon Transform! Europe
Images depicting the severe brutality of the Spanish police clashing with voters at the October 1st referendum in Catalonia spilled across social media and TVs around the world. Faced with these images, many asked: What is happening in Catalonia?

The Real Disuniting of America and The Dangerous Trend Threatening the Future of the Nation-State

John Feffer Tom Dispatch
A country that hasn’t had a civil war in more than 150 years, where secessionist movements from Texas to Vermont have generally caused merriment not concern, now faces divisions so serious, and a civilian arsenal of weapons so huge, that the possibility of national disintegration has become part of mainstream conversation. Indeed, after the 2016 elections, predicting a second civil war in the United States has become all the rage across the political spectrum.

Is Spain About to Break Up?

Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus
Spain's Catalonia region votes on independence this fall. For some, it's a referendum on austerity policies that have crippled economies all over Europe.

Will Catalonia Secede From Spain?

Andy Robinson The Nation - November 10, 2014 edition
Catalonia has decided to recast its planned November 9 referendum on independence as a nonbinding consultation.Why are so many Scots (45% in September's referendum) and Catalans (50% in recent polls) set on leaving now? The answer is surely a desperate search for sovereignty with longstanding resentments over discrimination by the power centers in their respective states. Like many other Europeans, they feel cheated by their governments' response to the Great Recession.
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