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Spain Breaks With Its Past

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Montserrat Domínguez

spain elections The 20D vote has thus opened the door to no less than three extremely complex and uncertain scenarios. The only certainty about this election is that the country broke with its past.

Catalonia Votes To Begin Secession From Spain

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

Catalonia's regional assembly voted on Monday in favor of a resolution to split from Spain, energizing a drive towards independence and deepening a s...

On The Results And Significance Of The Catalan Elections

Montserrat Domínguez | Posted 09.30.2015 | World
Montserrat Domínguez

These elections show an unprecedented divide in Catalan society. Politicians and policies capable of healing wounds and weaving a new space for coexistence are needed. Catalonia, as of now, is at the center of the campaign for the general election.

Catalonian Secessionists Claim Victory In Parliamentary Election

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 09.30.2015 | World

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia leader Artur Mas claimed victory in a parliamentary election for pro-secession parties pushing for i...

Getting the Stake Out in Catalonia

Germán Cano | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Germán Cano

This process can't be fought politically by attracting and seeking more allies, but always from a popular "particularism" that respects the feelings and values of the Catalan nation and does not easily limit itself to denouncing them as obstacles.

Solidarity or Self-interest? European Integration and the German Question

David Miles | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
David Miles

The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.

Toxic Cloud Spreads Over Spanish Towns After Chemical Blast

AP | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities have ordered the residents of two northeastern towns to stay indoors after a chemical explosion at a warehouse spr...

9 Totally Weird Holiday Traditions Around the World

Findery | Posted 02.10.2015 | Travel

There are hundreds of holiday traditions around the globe, many of which you've probably never heard of -- the giant goat made of hay (Sweden), the witch that brings candy (Italy), the burning pile of dirt (Guatemala).

Spain's Catalans Vote For Independence In Symbolic Ballot

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2015 | World

By Inmaculada Sanz BARCELONA, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Close to two million Catalans voted on Sunday in favor of seceding from Spain, the r...

Catalonia Holds An Informal Vote On Secession From Spain

AP | JOSEPH WILSON | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — About 1.6 million people in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia voted Sunday in favor of breaking away from the country...

Catalonia Calls Off Independence Vote

AP | JOSEPH WILSON and CIARAN GILES | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The leader of Spain's wealthy Catalonia region on Tuesday called off an independence vote but said an unofficial poll will t...

Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins

David Morris | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Scotland and Catalonia are brothers in arms. Independence movement leaders communicate regularly. On September 18, when Scotland voted on uncoupling from the United Kingdom Catalans were there.

Catalonia Pushes Ahead With Independence Referendum Plan

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

By Tracy Rucinski and Emma Pinedo MADRID, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The leader of Catalonia has set up a panel to supervise a contested inde...

Catalonia Calls Secession Vote

AP | JOSEPH WILSON and CIARAN GILES | Posted 11.27.2014 | World

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The president of Spain's powerful northeastern region of Catalonia on Saturday formally called an independence referendum, t...

Scotland 'No' Fails To Stop Catalan Independence Push

AP | ALAN CLENDENNING and JOSEPH WILSON | Posted 11.19.2014 | World

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Despite Scotland's decision to reject independence, lawmakers in Spain's Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to giv...

Independence Movements in Europe: Scotland Is Tip of the Iceberg

Rob McNamara | Posted 11.16.2014 | World
Rob McNamara

Some of these are well known like those in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Flanders. Others are much more surprising -- for example, hands up if you really knew about the Venetian and Bavarian independence movements?

Spain Looks To Be Next In Line For Independence Movement

The Guardian | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

As the campaign for Scottish independence enters its final week, Catalonia is launching the next phase in its attempt to break away from Spain. On Mon...

Alex Salmond's Kamikaze Negotiating is a Millstone Round Scotland's Neck

David Miles | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
David Miles

John Swinney, the Finance Secretary for Scotland has repeated the SNP government's threat to walk away from Scotland's share of the UK debt.

7 Amazing Places Where People Are (Literally) Living On The Edge

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 06.09.2014 | Travel

Some people may think they like "living on the edge," but there are a few places around the world where people are doing just that. Check out the ...

Hello, Dali! Spain's Bad Boy Is Back

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 04.16.2014 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

What's old and new is the enigmatic Spanish painter Salvador Dali (1904-1989), who made the sorry mistake of being born before his time.

Where Wishes Come True

Findery | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel

Make a wish and blow out your birthday candles. See a shooting star, stop what you are doing, and offer your longings to the universe. These are wish-making tactics for wherever you may be, but what of the places that have a strong history of wish lore?

What We Can Learn From The Basque

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

This blog explains what Portugal and Spain can learn from the Basque. The Basque Country is one of Spain's 17 Autonomous Communities in the current te...

Thousands March Against Catalan Independence

AP | HAROLD HECKLE and JOE WILSON | Posted 10.12.2013 | World

BARCELONA, Spain -- BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in Barcelona on Saturday to assert their right to be Spanish as well as Cat...

Catalans Form Human Chain To Press For Independence

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | World

By Julien Toyer BARCELONA, Spain, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Catalans held hands in a 400-km (250-mile) human chain...

A Catalonian Feast-ival (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Located about 50 kilometers from Barcelona, Manresa is a small, laid back Catalonian city. It has its picturesque Old Section as well as an impressive...