Catalonia News Headlines for January 2019
The Taxi strike paralyses Barcelona
The success of Vox in Andalusia will be increasingly used to remind the Catalan independence parties, PDECat and ERC, that the "far right" is on the rise in Spain and that they should fall in line, pass the budget and allow Pedro Sánchez and PSOE in government in Madrid even though nothing is being offered to Catalonia in return.
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.
- Wednesday January 2nd: Stock market falls 15% in 2018, worst drop in 8 years The stock market falls 15% in 2018, the worst drop in eight years as the banks are the main victims in a very volatile year. Expectations are marked by the China-US trade war as Europe moves between the 11% fall of Paris and the 18% of Frankfurt.
- Thursday January 3rd: Vox demands PP & Cs abolish anti-sexist violence plan Vox demands the PP and Cs abolish the anti-sexist violence plan as the Far Right threatens not to vote for the government agreement in Andalucia and Ciudadanos and Populares say the won't reduce protection for women.
- Friday January 4th: Lack of safety is the main concern in Barcelona Lack of safety is the main concern in Barcelona as deliquency replaces housing and the territorial debate and 42% of citizens give Colau's administration a fail.
- Saturday January 5th: PP reduces gender politics in order to pact with Vox PP reduces its gender politics in order to pact with Vox as Casado now says that the law shouldn't protect just women and guarantees to the ultras that they will also help men and boys and Ciudadanos insists that they aren't going to change their programme.
- Sunday January 6th: Another "manada" revives debate over women's protection Another "manada" revives the debate over women's protection. The new aggression happened in Alicante on Christmas Eve and the four perpetrators are already in prison as Cs warn the PP that they won't give up the fight against sexist violence because of the Andalusia agreement.
- Monday January 7th: The King defends the "Unity and Diversity" of the flag King Felipe VI defends the "Unity and Diversity" of the flag and avoids Catalonia in a conciliatory Military Day speech as the Army asks the Mossos for understanding with the state police forces.
- Tuesday January 8th: Cs warn that they won't cede anything to Vox Ciudadanos warn that they won't cede anything to make Vox happy and protect their agreement with the PP for the Andalusian investiture as Populares and Ultras meet today to try to smooth out differences.
- Wednesday January 9th: Vox repeats demands and distances Andalucia agreement Vox repeats its demands and distances the Andalucia agreement as the PP classifies the new demands as "unacceptable" after meeting the ultras and Abascal's party now demands to expel 52,000 immigrants.
- Thursday January 10th: PP will preside Andalucia with far-right votes of Vox The PP will preside Andalucia with the far-right votes of Vox as the agreement avoids the law of sexist violence but includes historical memory and Moreno accepts the strong hand against immigration and a family ministry.
- Friday January 11th: Increase in investment doesn't convince ERC & PDECat The increase in investment doesn't convince ERC and PDECat as Sánchez plans to fulfill the Estatut's provision in the budget and Aragonès offers to toughen up inheritances to the Comuns.
- Saturday January 12th: Sánchez wants to seduce Catalonia with the budget Sánchez wants to seduce Catalonia with the budget as the Executive plans a social revolution with 20 billion more in taxes and Puigdemont leaves the decision over the process in the hands of ERC and PDECat.
- Sunday January 13th: Sánchez to PP and Cs "Stay in your seats until 2020" Sánchez say to PP and Cs "Stay in your seats until 2020" and in Barcelona confirms that he will last out the legislature and calls for support from the independence parties on the budget as Esquerra and PDECat emphasise that the solution for Catalonia isn't the budget.
- Monday January 14th: Annoyance in the PP over Casado's understanding with Vox Annoyance in the PP over Casado's understanding with Vox with criticism of the Presidencialism of the Popular leader, which reduces the role of the party, as the leader presents his candidates in Madrid as blocks to the "process".
- Tuesday January 15th: The budget increases investment in Catalonia by 52% The budget increases investment in Catalonia by 52% with the 2051 million being 18.81% of the total, less than the 19.2% fixed by the Estatut and ERC and PDECat ask for a bilateral dialogue in order process the accounts.
- Wednesday January 16th: An overwhelming majority knocks down May's Brexit An overwhelming majority knocks down May's Brexit as Parliament inflicts the worst defeat in history on the Prime Minister and Corbyn presents a motion of confidence in order to weaken his rival even more.
- Thursday January 17th: PP, Cs and Vox rehearse eviction of left in Andalusia PP, Cs and Vox rehearse the eviction of the left in Andalusia as the Popular politician Moreno Bonilla will preside the Junta after almost 37 years of socialism in the first government that puts the alliance between liberals and ultras to the test.
- Friday January 18th: Errejón shakes up the Left by leaving with Marchena Errejón shakes up the Left by leaving with Marchena after he says he will stand for the Community with the Mayor's platform, Mas Madrid and Iglesias wishes him luck and Podemos will present another candidate.
- Saturday January 18th: The split in Podemos puts pressure on Podemos The split in Podemos puts pressure on Podemos as the internal crisis could lead to more conditions placed on supporting the budget and Echenique asks Errejón to give up his seat in Congress.
- Sunday January 20th: Mas and Montilla favour the left-wing majority Mas and Montilla favour the left-wing majority as Mas believes that the sovereignty parties will reach the conclusion that Sánchez is better than PP and Cs and for Montilla, the solution to the Catalan conflict must be possible in a more plural Spain.
- Monday January 21st: The taxi strike pits the Generalitat against Colau The taxi strike pits the Generalitat against Colau as Calvet demands that the mayor stop "hiding" and solve the crisis and the protest extends across Catalonia and strengthens public transport.
- Tuesday January 22nd: Taxis up the pressure and spread chaos in Barcelona Taxis up the pressure and spread chaos in Barcelona as the strikers besiege Parliament, cut the Ronda Litoral and occupy the port and the Catalan government admits that the positions are distant and they'll be back negotiating today.
- Wednesday January 23rd: Puigdemont provokes another independence crisis Puigdemont provokes another independence crisis as the ex-President's appeal against the Catalan Parliament causes a split with ERC and the partners will maintain the Government despite the lack of confidence.
- Thursday January 24th: Tension in Venezuela after Guaidó's proclamation Tension in Venezuela after Guaidó's proclamation as Trump recognises the opposition leader as president and offers him economic help and Spain avoids deciding out of line with the EU despite pressure from the PP and Cs.
- Friday January 25th: Putin supports Maduro and warns of a bloodbath Putin supports Maduoa and warns of a bloodbath in Venezuela as Russia warns against US meddling and EU is divided and the Chavist leader receives the support of the army and accepts dialogue with the opposition.
- Saturday January 26th: EU to recognise Guaidó if there are no open elections The EU will recognise Guaidó if there are no open elections as the Commission is preparing an ultimatum to Maduro so that he calls a vote and the Chavist leader asks Trump "to solve things properly".
- Sunday January 27th: Maduro ignores the EU and refuses to call elections Maduro ignores the EU and refuses to call elections as Sánchez leads the European position and warns that he will recognise Guaidó if elections aren't called in eight days and Pompeo calls on the UN to finish with the Chavist mafia and the Russian envoy calls it a coup.
- Monday January 28th: "Red Scarves" call for end to disorder in Paris The "Red Scarves" call for an end to the disorder in Paris as the movement against the "Yellow Vests" takes the capital for the first time and the peaceful march defends the institutions of France and applauds the police.
- Tuesday January 29th: Supreme Court blames Puigdemont for not freeing prisoners The Supreme Court blames Puigdemont for its refusal to free the prisoners as it believes that there are "power structures" that could help them escape and the transfer of the independence leaders to Madrid is delayed.
- Wednesday January 30th: Catalan Government to regulate sale of taxi licences The Supreme Court blames Puigdemont for its refusal to free the prisoners as it believes that there are "power structures" that could help them escape and the transfer of the independence leaders to Madrid is delayed.
- Wednesday January 31st: Podemos avoids breaking up to save the electoral cycle Podemos avoids breaking up to save the electoral cycle and Errejón will have to negotiate the agreement in Madrid from outside the party as Iglesias says that his ex-Number Two is an ally and not "a traitor".
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