Catalonia News Headlines for May 2019
Lead up to Spanish Municipal Elections on May 26th
Spanish Municipal Elections have been called for May 26th so the month of May will be spent in campaign. This round of elections will be seen as a second leg following the General Election on April 28th.
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 May 1st: Casado is self-critical and turns to centre Casado is self-critical and turns to the centre as "Centred in the future" substitutes the slogan "Sure value" for 26-M and the PP leader only admits the mistake of not replying to Ciudadanos and Vox.
- Thursday May 2nd: Venezuelan crisis puts Spanish diplomacy to test The Venezuelan crisis puts Spanish diplomacy to the test as the opposition leader López installs himself as a "guest" in the Spanish embassy and Guaidó regains the initiative with massive demonstrations against Maduro.
- Friday May 3rd: A Venezuelan court orders López's arrest A Venezuelan court orders López's arrest as Spain announces that it doesn't intend to hand over the opposition leader to the justice system and Maduro retains the support of the army despite the US's manoeuvres.
- Saturday May 4th: Foreign Ministry demands discretion from López in embassy Foreign Ministry demands discretion from López in the embassy as the Venezuelan opposition leader's activism worries Spanish authorities and Borrell considers that as a guest he should reduce his political action.
- Sunday May 5th: TC will set limits for application of Article 155 The Constitutional Court will set limits for the application of Article 155 as it supports the suspension of autonomy in 2017 but it reserves it for serious incidents and the court debates whether it was adequate to dissolve Parliament.
- Monday May 6th: Supreme Court gives Puigdemont permission to be candidate The Supreme Court gives Puigdemont permission to be a candidate and sends the case back to the Madrid tribunal for the ex-president's appeal to be resolved immediately as the candidacy Lliures per Europa (Junts) takes for granted that the JEC's veto will be revoked today.
- Tuesday May 7th: Sánchez & Casado open route to dialogue over Catalonia Sánchez and Casado open the route to dialogue over Catalonia as the president and the head of the opposition restart their relationship nine months later and the PP leader asks for a pact with Cs and not with the independence parties.
- Wednesday May 8th: Sánchez confirms Iglesias as his preferred partner Sánchez confirms Iglesias as his preferred partner and presents his relationship with PP, Cs and Podemos. He finishes the first round satisfied for the "viability" for government and the meeting with the purple leader supports a left-wing alliance.
- Thursday May 9th: Sánchez asks Iceta to reinforce dialogue in Senate Sánchez asks Iceta to reinforce the territorial dialogue in the Senate as the acting president wants the PSC leader to lead the High Chamber while the independence parties stop prior designation as a senator in the Parliament.
- Friday May 10th: CIS makes PSOE winner in almost all autonomies CIS makes PSOE winner in almost all autonomies as the left will retain government in Madrid and will regain the community and the socialists win in the European elections, PP overtakes Cs and Puigdemont would enter.
- Saturday May 11th: Politics says goodbye to Rubalcaba with unanimous elegy Politics says goodbye to Rubalcaba with a unanimous elegy as personalities from all parties pay homage in Congress and the legendary socialist leader is recognised for his sense of state.
- Sunday May 12th: Maragall has a minimum advantage over Colau Maragall has a minimum advantage over Colau with a very undecided electorate as ERC takes two points in voting intention and a councillor over BComú but 30% admit that they change their option at the last moment and 11% still haven't decided.
- Monday May 13th: Campaign puts JxCat-ERC alliance to the test The campaign puts the alliance between JxCat and ERC to the test as candidates in Barcelona and consellers exchange of rebukes and the parties admit that the tensions could affect the Catalan government.
- Tuesday May 14th: ANC certifies its majority in the Chamber The ANC certifies its majority in the Chamber as the definitive count only takes one position away from the winning list, which is left with 31, and the business organisation criticises the Generalitat for the delay.
- Wednesday May 15th: Independentists veto Iceta's election as senator The independentists veto Iceta's election as a senator as ERC chooses to vote against the PSC leader and joins JxCat and the CUP and PSC considers taking it to the Constitutional Court if the designation is blocked as the rejection of an autonomic senator is unprecedented.
- Thursday May 16th: Merkel "States decide how far populism goes" Merkel "States decide how far populism goes". She wants to preserve European values and takeresponsibility for some of the refugees and defends economic harmonisation to compete with China and the US.
- Friday May 17th: ERC separates veto of Iceta from relationship with Sánchez ERC separates the veto against Iceta from their relationship with Sánchez as the socialists maintain their option while waiting to see if the Constitutional Court resolves in their favour and Rufián qualifies the blockage as "a storm in a teacup" and separates it from the investiture.
- Saturday May 18th: Two Catalans will preside Cortes for first time Two Catalans will preside the Cortes for the first time as Sánchez doubles the Catalan gambit in response to the independentist veto of Iceta so Meritxell Bate will lead Congress and Manuel Cruz the Senate because Moncloa is trying to launch a bridge message to Catalonia.
- Sunday May 19th: Supreme Court won't suspend elected political prisoners The Supreme Court won't suspend the elected political prisoners and will leave the decision in the hands of the Mesa del Parlament which will have to inerpret the rules. If the four deputies are suspended, the absolute majority will be 174 instead of 176.
- Monday May 20th: Barcelona & Madrid gamble mayorships in final straight Barcelona and Madrid gamble the mayorships in the final straight as Maragall and Colau compete with each other for the lead and Collboni is close behind and Carmena would have a majority but with only a small lead over the right.
- Tuesday May 20th: Prisoners register as MPs not knowing if they'll continue The prisoners register as MPs without knowing if they'll continue as Junqueras, Sànchez, Turull, Rull and Romeva collect their acts in the Cortes and the arrested politicians take advantage to send electoral messages.
- Wednesday May 22nd: Congress overcomes an opening marked by tension Congress overcomes an opening marked by tension as the imprisoned politicians take possession despite the noisy tantrum and part of Cs and PSOE rehearses a majority without independentists that is one seat away from an absolute majority.
- Thursday May 23rd: Batet returns decision on prisoners to Supreme Court Batet returns the decision on the prisoners to the Supreme Court as the suspension of the MPs provokes confrontation between the institutions and the right takes advantage of the controversy in the last phase of the 26-M campaign.
- Friday May 24th: Halt in flat rental in anticipation of effects of law Halt in flat rental in anticipation of the effects of the law as the rulings of the law will take months to be applied and the increase in house prices pushes up the demand for rentals.
- Saturday May 25th: Prisoners' suspension could affect the investiture The prisoners' suspension could affect the investiture as on the eve of the elections, PSOE, PP and Cs leave the arrested politicians without functions and the absolute majority to elect the president will go down from 176 to 174.
- Sunday May 26th: Barcelona shows its colours Barcelona shows its colours as the combination of European, local and autonomic elections draws a new Spanish political map and the battle for Madrid will be key in the distribution of power between left and right.
- Monday May 27th: ERC conquers Barcelona and Right will govern Madrid ERC conquers Barcelona and the Right will govern Madrid asMaragall wins the mayorship by beating Colau by nearly 5,000 votes. The new mayor extends a hand to JxCat and BComú in his first speech and the far right could give PP an absolute majority in the Spanish capital.
- Tuesday May 28th: Colau & Collboni are open to alternative to Maragall Colau and Collboni are open to an alternative to Maragall as PSC argues for an agreement with the Comuns and external support from Valls while BComú doubts and the mayor gains time by asking for a pact that includes ERC.
- Wednesday May 29th: Sánchez distances Govt from coalition with Podemos Sánchez distances the Government from a coalition with Podemos as the PSOE thinks he's got the backing of the ballot boxes to govern alone and Cs increases the price for any pacts with the socialists and prioritises the PP.
- Thursday May 30th: Prosecutor maintains sentences of 16-25 years for 1-O The Prosecutor maintains sentences of 16 to 25 years for 1-O as the writ requests the refusal of the third degree until half the sentence has been completed and the State Lawyers insists on sedition, punished by up to 12 years.
- Friday May 31st: Cercle reproaches Torra for Catalonia losing weight The Cercle reproaches Torra for Catalonia losing weight as Brugera calls for the prioritisation of a more ambicious government action and the president asks for help from the business community to achieve a referendum.
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