Catalonia News Headlines for November 2018
Drowning the Catalan Independence Movement
The anniversary month of October passed without event so the main news issues in November 2018 in Catalonia will be the slow process of putting the already sold-out Catalan Independence movement back to sleep for the forseeable future through the creation of empty organisations such as La Crida Nacional and El Consell per la República.
I may add other newspapers as the project progresses but the page reflects many of my personal perceptions of what happened 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.
- Thursday November 1st: The economy grows vigorously despite uncertainty The economy grows vigorously despite uncertainty as the GDP repeats a 0.6% in the third quarter, which is 2.5% yearly, with purchasing and tourism compensating for the fall in investment and exports.
- Friday November 2nd: Puigdemont stays in Brussels and won't go to declare Puigdemont stays in Brussels and won't go to declare as the replaced President and four Consellers want to be interrogated in Belgium but the failure to appear before the judge could result in a Euro warrant for their arrest.
- Saturday November 3rd: Prosecutor's toughness distances indy groups from Sánchez The toughness of the Prosecutor distances independence groups from Sánchez as the request of 25 years for Junqueras and 17 for the majority of the prisoners blocks support for the PSOE and JxCat and ERC announce that they won't vote for the budget but avoids breaking the dialogue.
- Sunday November 4th: The Government keeps its plan for the budget The Government keeps its plan for the budget as the pre-project for the accounts will be ready in a month despite Torra's refusal and the Executive is already negotiating with PNV and is confident of the domino effect.
- Monday November 5th: Dissatisfaction is growing among GPs Dissatisfaction is growing among GPs and they are planning a strike because of overwork, a degraded service and low salaries. The conflict affects 5,000 doctors and could become a reality at the end of the month.
- Tuesday November 6th: Sánchez discounts end of mandate if there's no budget Sánchez discounts end of mandate if there's no budget so the Government will pass measures by decree negotiating specific support and the Communs won't vote in favour of the Catalan accounts without an agreement in Congress.
- Wednesday November 7th: Supreme Court corrects and rules that client should pay The Supreme Court corrects itself and rules that the client should pay as the previous ruling of a section that charge the tax to the bank is overruled and the decision provokes a wave of criticism against the court.
- Thursday November 8th: Banks will pay the mortgage tax from now on The banks will pay the mortgage tax from now on as Sánchez announces an express reform and asks the Supreme Court for self-criticism and the president of the court responds that the law is confusing.
- Friday November 9th: Govt dismantles Wert Law with education reform The Government dismantles the Wert Law with its education reform as Education eliminates the final exams and religion as a subject and the project reduces regulations over the autonomies on the co-official languages.
- Saturday November 10th: PP wants 1-O judge to preside Supreme Court The PP wants the 1-O judge to preside the Supreme Court so the PSOE proposes a woman with a moderate profile against the conservative Marchena and the Government will denounce Lesmes to the Public Prosecutor over the mortgages.
- Sunday November 11th: PSOE would win without a left-wing majority PSOE would win without a left-wing majority and in case of elections, Socialists and Podemos would win 157 MPs against Casado and Rivera's 167 while the Catalan and Basque Nationalists will keep the keys to controlling the Congress majority.
- Monday November 12th: Majority want Constitutional reform and new Statute The majority want Constitutional reform and another Statute as almost 70% of Spaniards and Catalans prefer this option to a referendum and improving Catalonia's financing is the second most preferred option.
- Tuesday November 13th: Govt-PP agreement for judicial leadership affects 1-O The Government-PP agreement for the judicial leadership affects 1-O as the new president of the Supreme Court headed the court that tried the independentists and the relief places a "progressive" judge on the "process" case.
- Wednesday November 14th: May pacts with EU and faces her Government today May pacts with the EU and faces her Government today as the principle of the agreement for Brexit avoids a hard frontier with Ireland and the Prime Minister is confident that the possible resignations won't be of key ministers.
- Thursday November 15th: May gets over first hurdle but Brexit is still in air May gets over the first hurdle but Brexit is still in the air as the Prime Minister gets cold support from her Government but she's still got to persuade Parliament and the agreement isn't liked by neither EU defenders or enemies.
- Friday November 16th: May clings to her Brexit despite wave of resignations May clings to her Brexit in spite of the wave of resignations as the Prime Minister rebuts Labour criticism and from her own party in Parliament and Eurosceptic Tories call for a vote of no confidence and a change of leader.
- Saturday November 17th: Anti-Brexit offensive to remove May Anti-Brexit offensive to remove May as the opposition to the EU gather support for a vote of No Confidence and the UN warns that after the break there will be more poor Britons.
- Sunday November 18th: Sánchez maintains his agenda despite Torra's rejections Sánchez maintains his agenda despite Torra's rejections and the Government will continue stopping the appeals to Constitutional Court presented by Rajoy's executive as Moncloa is working intensely to prepare the meeting with President of the Generalitat.
- Monday November 19th: Tension presides start of Andalusian campaign Tension presides the start of the Andalusian campaign as Sánchez asks for moderation from PP and Cs and support for his economic measures and Casado calls for the application of Article 155 in Catalonia.
- Tuesday November 20th: Sánchez leaves an electoral advance open for May Sánchez leaves an electoral advance open for May as Minister Abalós sees a "Super Sunday" with the municipals as a possibility and the head of the Executive is confident that ERC and PDECat will maintain their support.
- Wednesday November 21st: Withdrawal of TS candidate worsens judicial crisis The withdrawal of the TS candidate worsens the judicial crisis as Marchena backs down due to the PP Whatsapp that questioned his independence and the magistrate will stay in the Penal Court which will judge 1-O.
- Thursday November 22nd: Justice sacks the State lawyer on the 1-O case Justice sacks the State lawyer on the 1-O case as Edmundo Bal refuses to reduce the crime of rebellion against the pro-independence leaders and the change comes after strong disagreements over the Government's new strategy.
- Friday November 23rd: Madrid and London raise the tone over Gibraltar Madrid and London raise the tone over Gibraltar as May and the EU exclude the Rock from agreed political declaration over Brexit and the hurdle must be resolved before the European summit on Sunday.
- Saturday November 24th: Sánchez maintains veto on Brexit agreement Sánchez maintains the veto on the Brexit agreement as the president says he will delay tomorrow's if Gibraltar isn't included and the EU negotiates a declaration over the future of the Rock with May.
- Sunday November 25th: The agreement over Gibraltar unblocks Brexit The agreement over Gibraltar unblocks Brexit as Brussels and London sign the guarantees called for by Sánchez, and the European summit gives the OK to the agreement today and the president announces that the EU's relationship with the Rock will go through Spain after the exit of the United Kingdom.
- Monday November 26th: EU approves Brexit with ultimatum for May The EU approves Brexit with an ultimatum for May as the 27 lament the divorce, but warn that there will be no concessions and the Prime Minister faces the internal battle for the agreement without a majority.
- Tuesday November 27th: Doctors put the stop at 77% but Health thinks it's less The doctors estimate the stop at 77% but Health thinks it's less and the sector talks of a historic strike while ICS places it at 45% and "We can't take anymore" is the main slogan in the demonstrations.
- Wednesday November 28th: Infrastructures planned 12 years ago still pending The infrastructures planned 12 years ago are still pending as only 5 of the 28 actions asked for by the Chamber of Commerce have been completed and for the organisation, the priorities are local trains and the motorway network.
- Thursday November 29th: Education and firefighters also go on strike Education and firefighters also go on strike as the doctors move closer to ICS, although last night they maintained the stop and University students and some of the lecturers protests against the fees and the insecurity.
- Friday November 30th: Doctors pact with Catalan govt to stop strike The Doctors pact with the Catalan government and stop the strike as the Generalitat accepts the 12 minutes per patient and will hire 250 doctors and the protest by 8,000 public employees and students in Barcelona.
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