Catalonia News Headlines for February 2019
The 1-O Trial Is About To Begin
The trial of the nine Catalan politicians in prison for their involvement in organising the Independence Referendum in October 2017 begins on February 12th so tensions will be high but I am doubtful whether the Catalan political class will be able to take advantage.
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.
- Friday February 1st: Prisoners set off for Madrid today with no trial date yet The prisoners set off for Madrid today with no trial date yet. Torra will say "Goodbye" to the nine politicians and protests are predicted during the transfer and the Supreme Court will resolve the admission of evidence and the day, probably the 12th.
- Saturday February 2nd: Trial will set PP and JxSí govts against each other The trial will set the governments of PP and JxSí against each other and Rajoy, Santamaria, Mas, Torrent, Santamaria and Urkullu will testify to the court as the nine prisoners arrive in Madrid for the hearing, which will begin on the 12th.
- Saturday February 3rd: JxCat and ERC division is evident before trial The division between JxCat and ERC is evident before the trial as the strategic clashes between the two partners in the Catalan government increase with the May elections in sight and the PDECat base shows its differences over Puigdemont's Crida Nacional.
- Monday February 4th: Sánchez will recognise Guiadó as President Sánchez will recognise Guiadó as President as the Government will support Venezuela's new leader "clearly and expressly" and Trump argues that military intervention "is an option".
- Tuesday February 5th: Independence parties move away from Sánchez's budget Independence parties move away from Sánchez's budget as ERC and PDECAt present an amendment to the accounts, but might retire it but Moncloa doesn't throw in the towel although it will be uncomfortable before the elections.
- Wednesday February 6th: Prosecutor doubts Justice would be impartial in Catalonia The Prosecutor doubts that Justice would be impartial in Catalonia as Pedro Rubira, who leads the accusation, says he misses "serenity" and the Public Prosecution Service of the Audiencia Nacional is obliged to correct him.
- Thursday February 7th: The Right will street protest Sánchez's treason The Right will street protest Sánchez's treason as the PP, Cs and Vox call to kick the President out for agreeing to a rapporteur with the independence partiesand the central and Catalan governments will negotiate as PSOE gets nervous.
- Friday February 8th: Felipe González joins in pressurising Sánchez Felipe González joins in pressurising Sánchez as the ex-president thinks the figure of the mediator is an "institutional degradation" while Moncloa stays firm and PDECat presents its veto on the budget.
- Saturday February 9th: Sánchez stands ground & breaks negotiations with Generalitat Sánchez stands his ground and breaks negotiations with the Generalitat. "We've tried" says Calvo as speculation about an election date increases and the Catalan government accuses Moncloa of ceding to pressure from the right.
- Sunday February 10th: Right-wing demo in Madrid polarises political map The right-wing demonstration in Madrid polarises the political map as Pedro Sánchez accuses PP and Cs of wanting to return to "a black and white Spain" and asks for maturity from the independence parties and the Catalan government is confident of being able to reconnect with Moncloa after today's protest against the negotiation in Plaza Colón.
- Monday February 11th: Poor mobilisation of right gives Sánchez wings The poor mobilisation of the right gives Sánchez wings as PP, Cs and Vox brings 45,000 people to Madrid who demand elections and the President accuses the opposition of dividing the country.
- Tuesday February 12th: Sánchez warns of April elections if there's no budget Sánchez warns of elections in April if there's no budget as the President launches a last attempt to convince the independence parties and Torra insists on vetoing the accounts if it doesn't include self-determination.
- Wednesday February 13th: Defence opens 1-O trial with a political statement The defence opens the 1-O trial with a political statement as the lawyers denounce a general vulneration of rights and the "enemy's" penal code is being applied and the court allows the attorneys to open up without interrupting when they question their impartiality.
- Thursday February 14th: Independence parties veto budget and end legislature The independence parties veto the budget and wear out the legislature and after the break with ERC and PDECat Sánchez will announce the election date on Friday as Casado already sees himself in La Moncloa Andalusia-style with Cs and external support from Vox.
- Friday February 15th: Junqueras doesn't answer the prosecutor because "it's a political trial" Junqueras doesn't answer the prosecutor because "it's a political trial" as the ex-Vice President chooses an ideological defence and defends independence and declares he didn't commit a crime and never encouraged violence.
- Saturday February 16th: Sánchez accepts challenge of 28-A to stop the Right Sánchez accepts the challenge of 28-A to try and stop the right as the President gambles on mobilising the progressive vote and Casado will ask Rivera to promise not to support PSOE.
- Sunday February 17th: PSOE increases advantage but Right close to majority PSOE increases its advantage but the Right is close to a majority as Sánchez would get 34 seats more but the collapse of Podemos decimates the Left. The PP loses 40 seats, Ciudadanos doubles its result and Vox enters with 16 so the easiest result to form a Government would be the Socialists with Cs.
- Monday February 18th: Majority support dialogue and reject 155 The majority support dialogue and reject the application of 155 as 52.3% of Spaniards and 78.5% of Catalans urge the two government to talk and 45% reject the accusation of rebellion while 44% agree with it.
- Tuesday February 19th: Ciudadanos reject any pact with PSOE after 28-A Ciudadanos reject any pact with PSOE after 28-A but Rivera does predict agreements with socialists afters municipal and autonomic elections and Sánchez doesn't discount a post-electoral agreement with the independence parties.
- Wednesday February 20th: The campaign dynamites the pension agreement The campaign dynamites the pension agreement as the pact of Toledo fails for the first time since its creation in 1995 and Podemos questions parts of the text and the PP blocks the negotiation.
- Thursday February 21st: King believes that democracy isn't above the law King Felipe VI believes that democracy isn't above the law and the warning comes at the height of the trial against the independence leaders as he receives the so-called "legal nobel" like Churchill and Mandela.
- Friday February 22nd: A poorly supported strike alters mobility A poorly supported strike alters mobility and the stop was noted in education and was minimum in health, industry and commerce and RENFE stopped 2.8% and the metro 12% but the pickets closed various lines.
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