Catalonia News Headlines for March 2019
The Independence Leaders Trial Continues
The trial of the nine Catalan politicians in prison for their involvement in organising the Independence Referendum in October 2017 will continue in March so tensions will remain high but I am still 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 March 1st: Ex-Minister Zoido denies ordering the charges on 1-O Ex-Minister Zoido denies ordering the charges on 1-O as the ex-Interior Minister says it was his Number Two and Colonel De Los Cobos and Urkullu assures that Puigdemont didn't want a UDI and Rajoy didn't want 155.
- Saturday March 2nd: Sánchez launches 28-A with a social attack Sánchez launches 28-A with a social attack as the Government passes measure for equality and young people and outrages PP and Cs and Paternity leave will be 8 weeks this year but will reach 16.
- Sunday March 3rd: PSOE will run a campaign of "everyone against Sánchez" PSOE will run a campaign of "everyone against Sánchez" as the Socialists accept a five-way debate, including with Vox, in order to insist on the message of "the triple right" and the president is in favour of a face to face against Casado to strengthen the PP with regard to Ciudadanos.
- Monday March 4th: Catalan political division leaves 109 officials to be filled The Catalan political division leaves 109 officials to be filled as the renewal of members of 28 organisms and syndicates is pending and the impossibility of agreement blocks the changes sinces 2015.
- Tuesday March 5th: Ex-Interior Number Two accuses the Mossos of 1-O The ex-Interior Number Two Nieto accuses the Mossos of 1-O and perceived "violence" against his officers as the Catalan police "didn't act". The ex-Secretary of State says that the "minimum force" was used and Torrent, speaker of the Parliament, says "We will vote again".
- Wednesday March 6th: De los Cobos accuses the Mossos of pushing 1-O De los Cobos accuses the Mossos of pushing 1-O as the Colonel of the Civil Guard qualifies the Catalan police's plan as a "scam" and Millo describes the climate of violence and bullying of the independence movement.
- Thursday March 7th: Judicial secretary was "frightened" during 20-S search The judicial secretary was "frightened" during the 20-S search as the lawyer describes the demonstration outside Economy as a "tumult" and claims she left the building because the judge ordered the Mossos to do it.
- Friday March 8th: Feminism renews its challenge with radical 8-M Feminism renews its challenge with radical 8-M as demonstrations, strikes and stops are called under the slogan #1000Motives and only the PP and Vox reject joining the demonstrations.
- Saturday March 9th: Businesses will have to control working hours Businesses will have to control working hours as companies will register the start and end of their employees' working day and the Government passes the subsidy for the unemployed aged over 52.
- Monday March 11th: Villarejo used reserved funds for Catalonia operation Villarejo used reserved funds for the Catalonia operation as the ex-policeman explained the installments in recordings that count in the case and the imprisoned ex-civil servant admits the elaboration of false dossiers.
- Tuesday March 12th: Puigdemont rejected Mossos' request to stop 1-O Puigdemont rejected the Mossos' request to stop 1-O as the ex-president shielded himself with "popular mandate" according to commissioner Quevedo and Unipost denies that distributed and were paid for the voting slips for the consultation.
- Wednesday March 13th: Europe closes skies to Boeing because accident prone Europe closes its skies to Boeing because they are accident prone as a total of 29 airlines around the world leave their planes on the ground out of caution and the company reviews the plane's software after the crash in Ethiopia.
- Thursday March 14th: Parliament narrowly rejects a No Deal Brexit Parliament narrowly rejects a No Deal Brexit as Westminster votes today to see whether it asks for a postponement from the EU to avoid having the door slammed in its face and an impatient Europe suspects delays and fears a chaotic exit.
- Friday March 15th: Trapero prepared to arrest Catalan govt if judge asked Trapero prepared to arrest the Catalan government if the judge asked, as, according to the Major, the Mossos prepared "an operation" for the day of the UDI and he claims he warned of possible "conflicts of public order" on 1-O.
- Saturday March 16th: Mossos commanders accepted arrest of Catalan govt The Mossos commanders accepted the arrest of Catalan government as each police chief had a politician assigned in case arrest were ordered and a helicopter was reserved on 27-O for a possible evacuation.
- Sunday March 17th: Independence lobby makes itself heard in Madrid The independence lobby makes itself heard in Madrid as the first pro-sovereignty march in the capital brings out 18,000 people according to police and 120,000 according to the ANC and the demonstration clamours against the 1-O trial and calls for freedom the political prisoners.
- Monday March 18th: Sánchez wipes out his critics and imposes his lists Sánchez wipes out his critics and imposes his lists as the Secretary General of the Socialists removes candidates close to Susana Diaz and guarantees that Catalonia will never be independent.
- Tuesday March 19th: Legal warning to Torra if he doesn't remove ribbons Warning to Torra of legal action if he doesn't remove the ribbons as the Central Electoral Junta warns the president to execute the order and the organ urges the Government delicate to control its fulfilment.
- Wednesday March 20th: Torra keeps the ribbons and tries to win time Torra keeps the ribbons and tries to win time as the president asks the Ombudsman for a report and considers alternatives and the Government Delegation informs the Electoral Junta on the failure to fulfil.
- Thursday March 21st: Social housing waiting list shoots up in Catalonia The waiting list for social housing shoots up in Catalonia as more than 125,000 families wait their turn in the registry of protected housing and only one in four applicants is an immigrant from outside the EU.
- Friday March 22nd: Electoral Junta takes Torra to Prosecutor over ribbons The Electoral Junta takes Torra to the Prosecutor over the ribbons as the President could be accused of disobedience, which could lead to suspension and the Mossos have until 3 pm today to remove the banners.
- Saturday March 23rd: Prosecutor will act against Torra for disobedience The Prosecutor will act against Torra for disobedience as the lawsuit for not having removed the symbols will be presented before the TSJC on Monday and the Mossos guarantee that the ribbons are removed from official buildings and schools.
- Sunday March 24th: TC to annul the law to be invested from abroad The Constitutional Court will annul the law to be invested from abroad and will reject the part of the Presidency law that allows someone to be a member of the government at a distance and the court plenary is studying another annulment that will harm Carme Forcadell's line of defence.
- Monday March 25th: Tory Conspiracy looms over Theresa May The Tory Conspiracy looms over Theresa May as high party officials propose putting an interim substitute in her place and the premier met with her rivals yesterday to stop the coup.
- Tuesday March 26th: Recruiting war foretells an unpreditable Congress The recruiting war foretells an unpreditable Congress as the parties strive to enlist media personalities and the faithful to their leaders and Casado includes Suárez's son as Number Two for Madrid.
- Wednesday March 27th: Rivera offers Casado a coalition government pact Rivera already offers Casado a pact for a coalition government as the leader of Ciudadanos tries to banish the idea of a possible agreement with PSOE while "Very good idea" says the PP leader but laments that it arrives late.
- Friday March 29th: Right raise tone in competition for vote The right raise the tone in its competition for the vote as radical even insulting discourse marks the tactics of PP. Cs and Vox and Suárez Illana refers to the Neanderthals to give an opinion on abortion.
- Saturday March 30th: Sánchez maintains control over Catalan finances Sánchez maintains control over Catalan finances as the Government doesn't trust Torra and justifies it because of "political uncertainty" and the Executive shows its distance from the independence lobby during the campaign.
- Sunday March 31st: Interview with Pope Francis by Jordi Evole "The Vatican is not saved from sin, we have to keep cleaning" The pontiff calls not just for accepting migrants but also their integration in the country of arrival and defends his plan against the abuse in the church against the dissatisfaction of the victims.
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