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Why would Madrid be so insistent on preventing the Catalonian independence referendum?

By way of establishing some context, it's worth noting that this isn't just a squabble over which government has the authority to hold a referendum in Catalonia. The Madrid government's position is ...
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Can Catalonia enter the EU after its independence from Spain?

To be allowed to apply to join the EU, Catalonia as an independent nation must be able to demonstrate they meet the Copenhagen Criteria which are defined as follows Political criteria: Stability ...
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Why would Madrid be so insistent on preventing the Catalonian independence referendum?

The thing is: It does not matter what a government or a law says or pretend to say. If you look at the history, an absolute minority of independencies were "allowed" or "negotiated" between the ...
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Why do some Catalans want to become independent?

What has changed lately to increase their desire to be independent? This isn't actually how separatism works. It's not that they want independence now more than they did, say, fifty years ago. It's ...
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Would Article 5 of NATO apply in case Catalonia attempts to secede from Spain by force?

No, internal conflicts and secession attempts do not qualify as “armed attacks” under the North Atlantic Treaty (itself based on the UN charter, article 51, which only covers actions between states). ...
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How much is Catalonia complying with Madrid?

It is weekend and most of the local administration is not working, so it is difficult to tell. And even on Monday, it will depend of what orders are issued. But so far: There have been some ...
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Was it illegal for Spain to declare the Catalan independence referendum illegal?

As you correctly state, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights asserts that Article 1 All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely ...
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Would Article 5 of NATO apply in case Catalonia attempts to secede from Spain by force?

The treaty is geared towards international threats, so that would be unlikely. It could theoretically trigger article 4 of the treaty. The latter states that: The Parties will consult together ...
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What does "direct Spanish rule over Catalonia" actually mean?

UPDATE 23/10 After breaking up the "Soft 155" deal with the PSOE, the PP will enforce a "hard 155": Deposing all of catalonia's cabinet. Appointing a temporary cabinet, unrevokable. Restricting the ...
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What are the main policy differences between Spain and (hoped-for) Catalonia?

The central government in Madrid regularly takes laws declared in Catalan parliament to court, arguing those laws can only be enacted nationally. In itself, such is just a conflict of sovereignty. ...
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How much is Catalonia complying with Madrid?

The main political situations happened on Friday afternoon, so it needed some days in order to have working hours and see the position of each key member. Let me summarize the events that have taken ...
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Is it normal for a democracy to prosecute secessionist leaders for rebellion?

Is it normal for a democracy to prosecute secessionist leaders for rebellion? They are not being prosecuted for being secessionist1, they are taken to court because they have been charged by breaking ...
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Why are anti-independence Catalans so silent?

You needn't a political movement to force your country's police do their job Apologies for a bit of bold title (in both senses), but this is precisely the answer. In most national-liberation ...
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Why do some Catalans want to become independent?

As a scientist I cannot explain the reasons in political words, but anyway I will try to give the main reasons which explain the increase of the "independentism" in Catalonia. First of all, I will ...
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In what way is the Catalan referendum illegal, rather than inconsequential, under Spanish law?

Primary issues: Constitution and procedural process This answer to a previous question quotes and briefly explains the relevant articles of the Spanish Constitution. The Spanish Wikipedia page ...
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Was it illegal for Spain to declare the Catalan independence referendum illegal?

A useful - and fairly authoritative - opinion on the international law aspect of this comes from the Canadian Supreme Court in its Reference re Secession of Quebec in 1998. It held (emphasis mine): ...
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Why are Spanish parties imposing new elections in Catalonia?

TL/DR: Invocation of article 155 is an extraordinary measure and almost everyone wants to keep it short. Elections offer a possible solution to it. There are some reasons to hope for a different ...
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Can Catalonia enter the EU after its independence from Spain?

Two years ago I read a thesis written by a law graduate in Catalonia, which dealt with these questions. There are three legal theories on this: Spain continues to exist as a state, while Catalonia ...
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What could Spain do legally if Cataluña proclaims independence?

At the moment Catalonia is ruled by its own Catalan government that has autonomy over this region, autonomy that was granted time ago by the Spanish government. That means that now they rule in lots ...
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What is the position of the main Spanish Catalonia independence movements on French Catalonia?

The so called Països Catalans, that is, the Catalan Countries refers to those territories where the Catalan language is spoken. It comprises these territories: Andorra France: Roussillon Italy: ...
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Why do the Spanish government not organize a national referendum for Catalonia independence?

Neither the Spanish government nor the government of the Catalan autonomous community has the legal capacity for a referendum of this type. The supreme law that governs the Spanish state and to which ...
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How can the Catalan leaders be accused for rebellion if no violence has taken place?

Note that the article you quote also says En caso de que el alzamiento fuera armado o si se produce “combate entre la fuerza de su mando y los sectores leales a la autoridad legítima, o la rebelión ...
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What are the real cost for companies leaving Catalonia?

Companies are moving their HQs out of Catalonia for "trying to guard the interests of their customers" Mainly, they leave Catalonia fleeing from the uncertainty that the political situation is having ...
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Why is Catalonia not a free country?

that older question re-iterates what I already know... statehood is "granted" arbitrarily, probably by combination of military power and emotional factors So I guess you're looking for the ...
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What proportion of the electorate in Catalonia speaks Catalan natively?

According to the Catalan government statistics from 2013, the total number of people whose "initial" language is Catalan or both Catalan and Spanish is 2,092,000. In Spain, 14% of the people are ...
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Why would Madrid be so insistent on preventing the Catalonian independence referendum?

Madrid, on the other hand, has declared earlier that the referendum is unconstitutional and thus invalid. The referendum was declared illegal by the Judges of the Constitutional Tribunal. Not only ...
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Have Catalonian politicians addressed a scenario where one or more border districts would prefer to stay with Spain after the independence?

YES, partially The only district allowed to secede from Catalonia is Vall d'Aran, the only "subject" nation inside Catalonia's borders. They speak their own Language ( Aranese, a modern version of ...
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What is the opinion of non-Catalan Spanish citizens regarding the use of force to subdue the Catalan independence?

There's been indeed polls about it. I could find one in the Spanish digital newspapers El Español and the results are a bit shocking: as many Spanish people agree and do not agree with the use of ...
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What does "direct Spanish rule over Catalonia" actually mean?

According to this report in the Guardian, Article 155 does not trigger particular actions, but rather authorises the national government to take them. In order to trigger the Article, it will have to ...
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