Catalonia News Headlines for December 2018
Rejoining Spain for Christmas
Realistic calls for Catalan independence have virtually disappeared and I predict that there will be a coming together of Catalonia and Spain for Christmas with special messages of friendship coming from leading Spanish figures such as President Pedro Sánchez and King Felipe VI.
I may add other newspapers as the project progresses because, out of circumstance rather than choice, I read La Vanguardia every day as it is the newspaper available in the bar in Barcelona where I have breakfast.
- Saturday December 1st: Sánchez launches constitutional change for immunity Sánchez launches a change of Constitution for those with immunity as the Government approves the reform to reduce the regional laws for politicians and the Executive accepts that the proposal is born without sufficient support.
- Sunday December 2nd: Hunger strike shakes up political agenda The hunger strike shakes up the political agenda as Sánchez and Turull start an indefinite fast in prison to put pressure on the Constitutional Court and Pedro Sánchez guarantees the prisoners a fair trial.
- Monday December 3rd: Turn around in Andalusia Turn around in Andalusia as Vox bursts in with twelve MPs and holds the key to give a right-wing majority in the Andalusian parliament. PSOE wins the election but falls to 33 seats and might lose its most prized region as PP, with seven representatives less, and Ciudadanos, who double their result, position themselves to preside the Junta.
- Tuesday December 3rd: Ex-consellers Rull and Forn join hunger strike The ex-consellers Rull and Forn join the hunger strike as the ERC prisoners don't share the initiative but they "support and respect it" and Puigdemont meets with leaders of the pro-independence parties.
- Wednesday December 5th: Sánchez presents budget using Vox as threat Sánchez presents the budget and uses Vox as a threat and plans to put pressure on ERC and PDECat over the budget in January when he will ask for a vote to stop a three-party right-wing coalition.
- Thursday December 6th: ERC and PDECat refuse to support Sánchez ERC and PDECat reply to Sánchez that they won't support him as the independence parties make the budget dependent on a solution for Catalonia and consider the threat of a victory by the right with Vox as blackmail.
- Friday December 7th: King urges renewal of 1978 coexistence pact King Felipe VI urges a renewal of the 1978 coexistence pact and emphasises the integrating spirit of the Constitution in his speech as the retired King is paid homage in the Cortes together with the fathers of the Magna Carta.
- Saturday December 8th: Torra questions Mossos & calls for resignations Torra questions the Mossos and calls for resignations as the President and Conseller Buch will consider whether to change police leadership tomorrow and ERC sources say the Interior minister should resign.
- Sunday December 9th: Torra supports Slovenian way despite its violence Torra supports the Slovenian way, in spite of its violence, and accepts the consequences of a break like the one between Slovenia and Yugoslavia that caused dozens of deaths as Comín predicts a "dramatic" end in the presentation of the Council of the Republic in Brussels.
- Monday December 10th: Criticism of Torra for support for Slovenian way Deluge of criticism of Torra for his support for the Slovenian way as PSOE, PP, Cs and Comuns coincide in rejecting the President's words and sources from PDECat say they incline towards a "Catalan Way".
- Tuesday December 11th: Sánchez will use police if Mossos don't stop CDR Sánchez will use the police if the Mossos don't stop the CDR as the Government demands a plan from the Generalitat to guarantee public order and JxCat and ERC distance themselves from the Slovenian way and the violent protests.
- Wednesday December 12th: Catalan Govt guarantees security on 21-D with Mossos The Catalan Government guarantees security on 21-D with the Mossos as Torra's Executive wants to decrease the tension after the threat of an intervention and the Prosecutor investigates the Catalan police for not stopping the CDR.
- Thursday December 13th: Sánchez raises tone with Catalan govt without closing door Sánchez raises the tone with the Catalan government without closing the door and warns that he will be forceful if the law is broken but avoids alluding to the 155 as the independence parties emphasise calls for dialogue in Congress.
- Friday December 14th: ERC and JxCat reject protests "with covered faces" ERC and JxCat reject protests "with covered faces" as tndependence leaders reduce tension before the Council of Ministers in Barcelona and the ANC announces slow marches on 21-D to stop the traffic.
- Saturday December 15th: Sánchez and Torra negotiate meeting in Barcelona Sánchez and Torra negotiate their meeting in Barcelona as Moncloa asks for an appointment by letter and the Generalitat replies that they are working on it and Sánchez demands "time and tranquility" to face the crisis.
- Sunday December 16th: Sánchez "No conflict has been solved without dialogue" Sánchez "No conflict has been solved without dialogue" as the President of the Government defends its negotiation strategies to face the crisis in Catalonia and Torra confirms that "we are condemned to understand each other" while JxCat and ERC calm for calm.
- Monday December 17th: Generalitat finalises plan to protect 21-D The Generalitat finalises the plan to protect 21-D so some 1000 Mossos will control La Llotja together with 500 National Police and another 3,500 autonomic officers will be spread throughout the territory.
- Tuesday December 18th: Torra resists accepting meeting with Sánchez Torra resists accepting the meeting with Sánchez as the pressure on the president to receive the socialist leader worsens and Jordi Sánchez urges to "facilitate" the meeting from the prison while Moncloa argues in favour of recovering "confidence and loyalty".
- Wednesday December 19th: Government considers a mini-summit in Barcelona The Government considers a mini-summit in Barcelona as Sánchez and Torra could see each other accompanied by three ministers and three consellers. Calvo, Aragonès and Artadi will at negotiate Sants Station on Monday while the President rejects the illegalisation of the pro-independence parties.
- Thursday December 20th: Sánchez & Torra to resume dialogue despite mistrust Sánchez and Torra will resume the dialogue despite the mistrust as the two leaders and various members of their governments will see each other today in Pedralbesand the President will send a message of confidence to the Foment business community.
- Friday December 21st: Sánchez & Torra disagree but support idea of dialogue Sánchez and Torra disagree but support the idea of dialogue as the Executives want to find a "political proposal" with "broad support" in Catalonia and the commitment is to attend to Catalan society with "a framework of judicial security".
- Saturday December 22nd: Politics and security overcome challenge of 21-D Politics and security overcome the challenge of 21-Das the Council of Ministers approves symbolic gestures towards Catalonia among localised protests and the photo of Sánchez and Torra makes large sectores of PSOE uncomfortable and incites the right.
- Sunday December 23rd: "Torra must move from proclamations to real dialogue" "Torra must move from proclamations to real dialogue" says Sánchez situating the Catalan crisis in a broad agreement between parties for a reform of the Statute and defending a progressive position against the "democratic regression" he attributes to the right.
- Monday December 24th: Independence tension over dilemma of Sánchez or elections Pro-independence tension facing the dilemma of Sánchez or elections as the Catalan Government want action from Moncloa but doesn't guarantee a Yes to the budget and JxCat and ERC try to reduce the influence of the CUP and the organisations.
- Tuesday December 25th: King wants an agreement for getting on together King Felipe VI wants an agreement for getting on together and warns against division in reference to Catalonia and populism in the first royal message after the arrival of PSOE, directed at young people.
- Thursday December 27th: PP and Cs close agreement with Vox in Andalusia PP and Cs close the agreement with Vox in Andalusia so Moreno will preside the Junta after including the far right in the Parliament Bureau and Ciudadanos justify it by saying its the loss of a place for Podemos.
- Friday December 28th: Vox wants to condition investiture in Andalusia Vox wants to condition the investiture in Andalusia as the agreement between PP and Cs seats the far right on the Bureau of Parliament. The two parties refuse to negotiate the programme with Vox for now and Valls relativises Ciudadanos' pact because it isn't about governing.
- Saturday December 29th: Sánchez to Torra "Dialogue and law, the rest is monologue" Sánchez to Torra "Dialogue and law, the rest is a monologue" as the head of the Executive replies to the Catalan government that he will only negotiate within the Constitution and expects to last the mandate and "consolidate the change for the better".
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