Denis McShane and the self-determination into of the European Union


France Inter Interview: Denis McShane and the self-determination into of the European Union

The former secretary of European Affairs state of the government of the United Kingdom, the Labor Party member Denis McShane, has appraised the right of self-determination of Catalans and Basques in an interview to the chain France Inter, where this member of the government Blair defends the right to the self-determination into of the European Union.

To see only the part of the video when Denis McShane speaks about the self-determination please visit our webcast web site or select this link to see all the video interview ( in French).

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A subjective look at anti-Catalan prejudice in Spain


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01 03 2009 – door : Matthew Tree

Life on the receiving end: A subjective look at anti-Catalan prejudice in Spain

Back in the Sixties – Franco’s time, when use of the Catalan language was still largely illegal outside the privacy of home – there was an incident on the Spanish Cadena SER radio station that’s still remembered in Catalonia today.

The best-known voice of the period, a presenter called Bobby Deglané – who usually came on to his guests, according to author Quim Monzó, like a ‘knight in shining syrup’ – invited a Catalan comedienne, Mary Santpere, also well-known throughout Spain, onto his weekend show. Straight out, he came out with: ‘Mary, is it true that you Catalans, rather than talk, simply bark, just like dogs?’. To which Santpere, after a moment of being taken aback, replied, ‘I wouldn’t say that, but in Catalonia, as it happens, Bobby is a very typical dog’s name’. Those of us who came to live in post-Franco Catalonia found and still find it inexplicable that in the rest of Spain anti-Catalan jibes of the bobbydeglanesque type, or worse, are a lot more common than anyone might reasonably expect after 30 years of democracy.

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10,000 Catalans to March on Brussels

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10,000 Catalans to March on Brussels

Once you’ve been on the St David’s Day parade in the capital, you may wish to go another parade – this time in Brussels

DeumilI’ve just been alerted to a massive campaign in the Catalan Countries to march on the European Capital on 7 March to demand the right of the Catalan nation to chose their own constitutional future. The organisers are aiming for 10,000 persons to travel from Catalonia to Brussels for the march… and seem to be on target!

At the moment, the Spanish constitution has made it illegal to hold a referendum on succession from the Spanish state. So, although this right is part of the Good Friday Agreement in the UK and one supposes were Wales or Scotland to wish so, then we could also hold a referendum to leave the UK. This basic right doesn’t exist in Spain. This illogical decision is one reason for the continued violence in the Basque Country.

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