Angela Merkel, Germany’s old new chancellor, last week kicked off coalition talks between her Christian Democrats (CDU), the Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party to form a “Jamaica” coalition government. The talks for such a constellation, already tested on the state level with rather mixed success, face a rocky road ahead.
Madrid is going ahead with the procedures to suspend Catalonia’s self-rule, but both sides seem to want to slow down the game. Political science scholar Joan Subirats explained us the context, and why a leverage for a breakthrough is in the hands of the Socialist Party
“Suspending” ”independence tells Madrid that that the ball is in its court. On the table lays a proposal for a dialogue that the Spanish government will not accept. However, taking fully over power and functions from the Catalan government appears now harder. Also the Socialists were put in an uneasy spot, while Podemos are satisfied
At 5 in the morning, the doors of the Drassanes School are still shut, but the peole keeping guard utside are already debating the referendum. Not everybody looks forward to a secession. The Mossos and later the ballot boxes arrive giving start to a long day full of harsh events that will change Catalonia and Spain.
«The populist revolt is justified and also inevitable in a democratic society». One of very few to have predicted Trump's rise, American journalist-analyst Andrew Spannaus explores in his new book, La rivolta degli elettori. Il ritorno dello Stato e il futuro dell'Europa (Mimesis Edizioni), socio-economic reasons that led to formation of current populist movements.
Behind the political clash there are the numbers of a secession. Currency, debt — could a Catalan Republic succeed? The big banks are giving it no chance, but its vibrant industry might tell another story. Here's what citizens and businesses can expect if Catalonia votes "yes".
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has a decades-old reputation for strong-arm tactics, but its silencing of dissent has become especially brazen over the past several weeks. At the end of August, SBU officers ejected a number of journalists from the country, including two Spanish reporters removed for anti-Ukrainian “propaganda” after reporting Ukrainian government shelling of civilian areas in the fight against separatists.