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How do Spanish politicians reconcile pro-Palestinian stance with opposition to Catalan and Basque statehood?

How do Spanish politicians reconcile pro-Palestinian stance with opposition to Catalan and Basque statehood? Al-Jazeera suggests that the Spanish government strong pro-Palestinian stance is dictated ...
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How is a Palestinian State to be recognized by Spain defined?

The talks about two-state solution came up several times since Oct. 7 but last Tuesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stated that Spain will recognize the Palestinian Statehood by July this ...
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How many alleged Islamists does Spain deport or extradite in a year, roughly?

El Pais: Benhalima requested asylum in Spain, but Spain – which was the first country in the West to show its support for the Algerian regime when the protests broke out – refused his request. The ...
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Why did Spanish nationalists interrupt one-minute silence for the victims of Morocco earthquake?

In this link you will watch a video of Spanish nationalists in Catalonia who interrupted a minute moment of silence that was held for victims of the recent earthquake. What's the reason these Spanish ...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

Olivenza is a town near the border of Portugal and Spain. Spain controls it but Portugal does not recognize it as Spanish. Unlike other disputes around the world such as Gibraltar in Spain vs UK, it ...
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What effective laws and rules regulating perks of politicians and political parties exist in various democracies?

In most, if not all countries, the rules regulating politicians and political parties are made by those very same politicians and political parties. In such cases, politicians tend to give themselves ...
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Why is Catalonia not a free country? [closed]

It's non-controversial that Russia should not attack Ukraine. Holding it hostage is imperialistic, and clearly illegal, so that even UN admits Russia is criminal now. However, Catalonia also has good ...
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What was the (alleged) involvement of the Spanish secret services in the 2017 Barcelona terror attack?

A tweet is taking off on twitter, claiming a connection between the Spanish secret service (CNI) and the 2017 Barcelona attacks: Spanish former police chief admits that the Spanish secret services (...
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Why are Spaniards disproportionately very dissatisfied with Spain's political system?

The trends discussed in Pew Research's recent study Citizens in Advanced Economies Want Significant Changes to Their Political Systems was of no surprise to me, except Spain stands out in an ...
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What's the Spanish PP position on masks?

The People's Party (PP) made headlines for winning a large share of votes the Madrid local election for their anti-lockdown stance. I've also read that: [The] Spanish parliament has approved a ...
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Why is Spain not legislating vaccine-status check measures, after executive attempts to impose those were defeated in courts?

According to The Local (ES): The reasoning of [Spanish] judges, both regional and national, is that having to prove Covid vaccination, testing or recovery status to enter a bar or visit a museum ...
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Why did the UK agree to Spain's NATO membership seemingly without any Spanish concessions regarding Gibraltar?

It seems fairly clear (or at least plausible) what Spain was hoping to gain by NATO membership, which was consummated as a rather later affair in the closing decade of the Cold War: The main reasons ...
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Why are Ceuta and Melilla not considered colonies?

Ceuta and Melilla are two cities from Spain in African territory. According to the dictionary, a definition for the colony is: A body of people living in a new territory but retaining ties with the ...
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What is the blue-white-blue horizontal triband flag waved by karateka Sandra Sánchez at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

On winning the gold medal in the women’s kata event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Sandra Sánchez waved a blue-white-blue horizontal triband flag with a coat of arms in the center. The coat of arms ...
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What have been the dates on which the state of alarm in Spain for Covid-19 has been extended?

The pandemic began in March 2020 and I know that the state of alarm has been extended 6 times. I would like to know the dates on which the government has announced an extension of the state of alarm ...
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How many people were sanctioned in Spain for criticizing the police, under Spain's 2015 "citizens security law"?

There have been some [2015] Spanish media reports that after the adoption of the 2015 Citizens Security Law (Ley Orgánica 4/2015), which among other things forbids "the unauthorized use of images ...
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What exactly is the “rejections at the border” provision in the Spanish Citizens Security Law?

I've read that Videos and pictures of Spanish police forces getting people down from the top of the [Melilla] fence by all means possible, including violent use of force, began to flood the news. ...
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Why does Spain's PSOE have such a big problem forming a coalition?

What was the reason PSOE couldn't or didn't want to form a coalition for six months or so, to the extent that it preferred to have second snap election in a year? I understand that it had at least two ...
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Why did Spain outlaw keeping parakeets as pets?

The Guardian reports that Madrid is planning to "humanely" slaughter and/or sterilize parakeets to reduce the non-native wild population which has recently swelled to 12,000. It says "many were ...
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Is there any other constitutional body represented in Autonomous Communities?

In Spain, Autonomous Communities (A.C.) Presidents hold a representation of/from the State (every power of the State, ultimately deriving from popular citizen vote) in the A.C.[reference TBMA on ...
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What is the rationale of not allowing dual citizenship?

Recently a friend of mine that lives in Spain told me that he and his wife must renounce their citizenship if they want to be granted Spanish citizenship. This is confirmed by this article and by ...
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Why did Morocco invade the Spanish Perejil island in 2002?

Morocco invaded Spanish Perejil island in 2002. Why (political intention) they did it?
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Is Russia interfering in Catalonian process?

I heard some months ago that not only did the US congress warn about Russia's interference on Catalonian non-official referendum, but that Russians wanted to use Catalonia as a port for their ...
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Why is the status of Gibraltar considered disputed (by some)?

It is stated in this article that: Spain ceded Gibraltar to Britain in perpetuity in the treaty of Utrecht in 1713. This point of view appears to be UK policy, as in: ... the prime minster’s ...
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Why does Spain's government want to increase the minimum wage by such a large percentage at once?

According to the BBC, Spain wants to increase the minimum wage by more than 20%: Spain's minimum wage will jump by 22% in 2019 - the largest annual increase in more than 40 years. It means ...
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Could Gibraltar become an independent country, under the Queen?

The treaty of Utrecht specifies that if Britain wants to get rid of Gibraltar, Spain gets first dibs. "And in case it shall hereafter seem meet to the Crown of Great Britain to grant, sell or by any ...
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Can the prime minister resign during a no-confidence vote?

On May 31 and June 1, there will be a no-confidence vote on the Spanish Parliament against the current prime minister Mariano Rajoy. It was registered by PSOE, currently the biggest party in the ...
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What are the main reasons for capping interest rates in Spain?

Romanian Parliament is trying to adopt a law to cap the interest rates for all loans: According to the form adopted by the Senate’s committees, the annual effective interest rate, also known as ...
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Is there a reason that might prevent Carles Puigdemont's extradition to Spain?

According to this article, former Catalan President has just been detained in Germany: Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has left Finland before the country's police could arrest him in ...
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What is the difference between the Guardia Civil and the Policía Nacional in Spain?

It seems that in Spain there are two separate police forces under the authority of Madrid: the Guardia Civil and the Policía Nacional. Why is that? And what is the difference between the two?
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Why does Spain have such a low paid leave available to mothers?

A friend of mine who is an MD in Spain told me that paid leave is small in Spain (16 weeks, check column Total paid leave available to mothers within the table at page 3) as compared to virtually all ...
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Is it normal for a democracy to prosecute secessionist leaders for rebellion?

As someone raised largely in the US, it would seem through my rose-colored glasses that revolution is a basic right of the citizens of any democracy. The Declaration of Independence, one of the two ...
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How can the Catalan leaders be accused for rebellion if no violence has taken place?

As BBC explains in Catalan independence: Spain prosecutor calls for rebellion case: Spain's chief prosecutor has called for charges including rebellion to be laid against Catalan leaders following ...
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How much is Catalonia complying with Madrid?

It's very easy to look at the situation from the outside, declare the Catalan independence declaration illegal and say "that's that". However, inside Catalonia, the declaration was very popular ...
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What disadvantages are there for a region in declaring independence, if that declaration is not widely recognised

Today Catalonia declared independence from Spain. The European Union and the United States have stated they will only deal with Spain, meaning they do not recognize Catalonia as a country. Which ...
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Why is there a problem in Spain in the first place? [duplicate]

As far as I understand (source: discussions with Spaniards) there is no provision in Spain's law (including the constitution) for the declaration of independence of a province. Why therefore is there ...
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Can Rajoy repeat the Catalan election multiple times?

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has announced Madrid’s decision to dismiss Catalonia's separatist government and hold fresh elections in the region in a bid to prevent Catalan leaders from ...
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Why are Spanish parties imposing new elections in Catalonia?

Mariano Rajoy, the president of the government of Spain, said in Twitter: We ask the Senate to remove the president from Generalitat [Catalan government] and its Govern Board in order to protect ...
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Can catalans lose EU/Spanish citizenship if Catalonia is independence? [closed]

I was reading the answers of What's will be like a viable and legal roadmap to Catalonian independence? and one of them says: -If the vote to leave is over 50%, then the process for creating a ...
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What does "direct Spanish rule over Catalonia" actually mean?

According to the Independent: Spain has announced it will impose direct rule over Catalonia, after the region's leaders failed to meet a deadline to withdraw a declaration of independence. ...
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A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. Have others been ever accused and convicted for sedition?

As of 16th October 2017, A Spanish judge has jailed two key members of the Catalan independence movement. As the BBC news reports: Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart, who lead prominent separatist ...
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What are the real cost for companies leaving Catalonia?

The last weeks there was problems and lots of discussions between the Catalan and Spanish governments. There was a referendum that the Catalan government accepts but the Spanish one doesn't and the ...
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What is the position of the main Spanish Catalonia independence movements on French Catalonia?

The geographic area of Catalonia is not limited to Spain but extends to France, corresponding roughly to the French department of Pyrénées-Orientales. This area is referred as Northern Catalonia. ...
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Would a Catalan secession from Spain spark whole new borders in Europe? [closed]

If the Catalan government decides to call for independence later today, would the EU have to recognize Catalonia as an independent country? The U.K. can't veto this decision because of Brexit, and no ...
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What is the opinion of non-Catalan Spanish citizens regarding the use of force to subdue the Catalan independence?

Recently there have been a lot of news regarding the police involvement in the Catalan independence referendum, where 2 people were seriously injured. Have there been any polls in "mainland" Spain ...
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Why are anti-independence Catalans so silent?

The polls I have seen showcase that at least 40%, perhaps a bit more, of the Catalan population oppose independence. Yet, in the last few days and weeks, all I've heard is 4 types of people talking ...
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What could Spain do legally if Cataluña proclaims independence?

It seems there will be a unilateral proclamation. I don’t think Spain will accept this. Can Spain avoid this politically? Stating the referendum was illegal seems to have been ineffective. Is it ...
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How many people were seriously injured during the Catalan independence referendum? [closed]

There are currently a lot of quotes about "hundreds of injured people" during the Catalan independence referendum but they all come from a potentially biased source, (Catalan government), and don't ...
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Why do some Catalans want to become independent?

Why do some Catalans want to become independent? What has changed recently to increase their desire to be independent? I'd like to understand this situation, as I am currently completely ignorant ...
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Why bother stopping people from voting? [duplicate]

In Operation Anubis, the Spanish police attempted in various ways to stop the Catalan independence referendum, 2017 from taking place. I don't understand why the bother. The Spanish constitutional ...
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