Catalonia News Headlines for October 2018
The End of the Catalan Independence Movement
The anniversary of last year's referendum on October 1st and then the anniversary of the declaration of independence on October 27th are the main news issues in October 2018 in Catalonia and then I predict that the already sold-out Catalan Independence movement will go back to sleep for the forseeable future.
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.
- Monday October 1st 2018: Independence groups face the 1-O anniversary divided Independence groups face the 1-O anniversary divided as Buch confirms that the Mossos saved the good image of the Process and ERC, CUP and Comuns criticise the police for the violence.
- Tuesday October 2nd: Attempted assault on Catalan Parliament Attempted assault on Parliament after Torra gives his support to the CDR as the Mossos attack hundreds of demonstrators after the President encouraged the Committees of the Republic to put the pressure on hours earlier.
- Wednesday October 3rd: Torra threatens Sánchez with withdrawing support Torra threatens Sánchez with withdrawing his support in a month as the President reduces the attempted assault on Parliament to an "isolated" incident and warns that he will let PSOE fall in November if there's no chance of a referendum.
- Thursday October 4th: Sánchez considers bringing the elections forward Sánchez considers bringing the elections forward to this year as Torra's ultimatum makes a coincidence of the general and Andalusian elections more likely but the President would prefer to get to the end of 2019 but it looks complicated.
- Friday October 5th: JxCat and ERC crisis brings Parliament to collapse The crisis between JxCat and ERC brings Parliament to collapse and the Catalan government's stability is at risk due to the pro-independence confrontation as the opposition attacks Torrent for because of the vote on the accused MPs.
- Saturday October 6th: Catalan government agrees to last until the sentence The Catalan government agrees to last until the sentence as JxCat and ERC try to dispel doubts about the future of the legislature and the differences over the vote on the prisoners continue in the lead up to the plenary session on Tuesday.
- Sunday October 7th: Break between JxCat and ERC weakens Catalan govt The break between JxCat and ERC weakens the Catalan government as the differences in the Executive are added to the ANC's ultimatim on the Republic and Sánchez puts his relationship with Torra on ice.
- Monday October 8th: Colau dismantles local police anti-riot squad Colau dismantles the local police anti-riot squad. The USP will be dissolved into a new structure with more responsibilities and the 150 agents affected will be assigned other tasks.
- Tuesday October 9th: Parliament lawyers overturn JxCat's strategy The Parliament lawyers overturn JxCat's strategy as the judicial report warns that delegated votes could be invalidated and Puigdemont's tactic could bring about Torrent's suspension.
- Wednesday October 10th: Independentism loses majority in Parliament Independentism loses its majority in the Parliament as the break between JxCat and ERC over the delegated vote of the accused MPs means the plenary refuses to comdemn the King and self-determination.
- Thursday October 11th: Torra distances from ERC defending disobedience Torra distances himself from ERC by defending disobedience as the President calls for the recovery of 1-O and 27-O and insists on an ultimatum to Sánchez and the Republicans demand more unity and fewer gestures from their partners.
- Friday October 12th: Sánchez & Iglesias agree on more social spending Sánchez and Iglesias agree on more social spending in the budget as the Government and Podemos almost offer a programme for the legislature in the agreement and the Executive asks for support from ERC and PDECat, who insist on a gesture regarding the prisoners.
- Saturday October 13th: Sánchez will make a mid-term offer to Catalonia Sánchez will make a mid-term offer to Catalonia as at the 12-O reception, he explains a three-phase plan: apply, propose and vote but the President was booed at the parade and accused by PP and Cs of snubbing the King.
- Sunday October 14th: Attorney General will demand rebellion for 1-O The Attorney General will demand rebellion for 1-O, although they are planning to call for between 15 and 25 years and not 30 years. The petition will be formulated at the end of the trial against the independentists, which is expected to start in January.
- Monday October 15th: CSU suffer debacle in Bavaria Debacle in Bavaria by Merkel's conservative partners as the Bavarian CSU, with 37% of the vote, reap their worst result in 60 years and Alternative for Germany debut with 11% of the suffrage.
- Tuesday October 16th: Govt puts pressure on ERC & PDECat over accounts The Government puts pressure on ERC and PDECat over the accounts as Sánchez hopes PNV's support for the budget will push the independence parties and Campuzano refuses to condition an agreement on the role of the Attorney General.
- Wednesday October 17th: Iglesias takes over accounts negotiation with Junqueras Iglesias takes over the accounts negotiation with Junqueras as Sánchez delegates trying to convince the Republican to the leader of Podemos so the dialogue with ERC opens before trying it with PDECat.
- Thursday October 18th: Casado questions Sánchez's budget in front of Merkel Casado questions Sánchez's budget in front of Merkel as the PP leader asks the Chancellor for the same level of rigorousness as with Rajoy and there is unease in PSOE over the negotiation between Iglesias and Junqueras.
- Friday October 19th: The banks have to pay the mortgage tax The banks have to pay the mortgage tax as the Supreme Court changes opinion and rules that the obligation mustn't fall on clients and the measure might cost the bank 4,000 million, which drops on the stock market.
- Saturday October 20th: Supreme Court to review decision on mortgages The Supreme Court will review the decision on mortgages as the judges announce that they will consider the ruling as the stockmarket goes into freefall and the court leaves open who pays legal actions.
- Sunday October 21st: Spanish-Catalan govt relations flow unconnected to ultimatums The relation between the Spanish and Catalan governments flows unconnected to the ultimatums as ministers and consellers have held twenty or so meetings and six delegations and the CUP condemns Torra and refuses to negotiate the Generalitat's accounts.
- Sunday October 22nd: Internal doubts in the PP over Casado's strategy Internal doubts in the PP over Casado's strategy as Montserrat and Tejerina's comments exacerbate the confusion while those close to the Partido Popular President set the political priorities on Andalusia.
- Tuesday October 23rd: Supreme Court leaves mortgage market in the air The Supreme Court leaves the mortgage market in the air and delays its decision on the question until November 5th as the bank falls again on the stockmarket after the date is known.
- Wednesday October 24th: Brussels rejects Italy's accounts in unprecedented decision Brussels rejects Italy's accounts in an unprecedented decision as the Commission gives Rome a period of three weeks to present the new budget and Salvini replies "they aren't attacking a government but rather a people".
- Thursday October 25th: Sánchez suggests rebellion isn't applicable to 1-O Sánchez suggest that rebellion isn't applicable to 1-O and he reminds us that Trillo argued that this crime demanded military orders as Casado elevates the tone of his discourse and calls the President "a revolutionary".
- Friday October 26th: Govt argues for limiting crime of rebellion The Government argues in favour of limiting the crime of rebellion as Vice-President Calvo insists in placing the accusation in the 1-O case in doubt and the Executive takes a stance on the eve of the Public Prosecutor's report.
- Saturday October 27th: Catalan Govt avoids celebrating UDI anniversary The Catalan Government avoids all celebrations for the UDI anniversary as only President Torra defends 27-O while the rest prefer a referendum and from today elections can be called but there's no intention to.
- Sunday October 28th: Torra and Puigdemont sign up for disobedience Torra and Puigdemont sign up for disobedience as the President believes that "going backwards isn't an option" and call for permanent mobilisation and La Crida debuts with calls for unity in the independence camp against the State which ERC doesn't answer.
- Monday October 29th: Brazil turns toward the Far Right with Bolsonaro Brazil turns toward the Far Right with Bolsonaro as the ex-soldier and extremist leader wins with 55% of the votes cast and the shadow of corruption buries Lula's heir.
- Tuesday October 30th: Merkel's goodbye puts European leadership in check Merkel's goodbye puts the European leadership in check although the Chancellor will last out the legislature until 2021 but won't stand as a candidate again and the CDU will choose her replacement in December and whether to reorient their centrism.
- Wednesday October 31st: Barcelona points to housing as the main worry Barcelona points to housing as the main worry as access to a home is the major concern for the first time in 33 years and tourism drops to second position, according to the municipal macrosurvey.
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