Catalan National Day – free speech under threat
Otherwise mainstream politicians have stacked the deck against any possibility of negotiating over legitimate political demands. The Spanish judiciary meanwhile turns the law on its... Read More
Cómo detener un conflicto civil (I)
El desafío inmediato es que tenemos una crisis de proporciones potencialmente graves. Catalunya podría convertirse en otra Irlanda del Norte. Esto podría pasar en cualquier... Read More
Office of the International Supervisor of Catalonia – proposal for initial support
There is a real perception of danger that Catalonia is on the precipice of civil conflict. Because the European Union and the United Nations have... Read More
The need for peace
The elections on 21 December 2017 are the most important elections Catalonia has ever seen. They are the most important elections Spain has ever seen.... Read More
La necesidad de paz
Las elecciones del 21 de diciembre de 2017 son las elecciones más importantes que Cataluña haya visto jamás. Son también las elecciones más importantes que... Read More
Fraude electoral en las elecciones Catalanas – ¿podría suceder?
La comunidad internacional debe vigilar las elecciones del 21 de diciembre de 2017. Los ciudadanos de Cataluña también tienen que vigilar esas elecciones. Existen suficientes... Read More
Ballot fraud in the Catalan elections – could it happen?
The international community must watch the elections on 21 December 2017. The people of Catalonia need to watch those elections as well. There are sufficient... Read More
Madrid’s refusal to compromise, in the view of the Catalan nationalist movement, renders the push towards Catalan independence impossible to avert. There is no practical... Read More
La negativa de Madrid a comprometerse, en opinión del movimiento nacionalista catalán, hace que el impulso hacia la independencia catalana sea imposible de evitar. No... Read More
The Catalan crisis is the Spanish crisis. It is the European crisis. It is the return of the face of authoritarianism within the heart of... Read More
In the Catalan crisis, pro-independence politicians have proven themselves particularly astute in their tactical judgments and this has undoubtedly accelerated the crisis. Nevertheless the fact... Read More
It now seems depressingly likely that Spain heads into a long-term low-level conflict with one of its most prosperous regions, doing damage to the economy... Read More
Separatism in Europe – Catalonia and the others
Might we see some revival of some secessionist movements in Europe due to the situation in Catalonia or maybe not so much, and why?
Reflection on the Catalan conundrum
Whether or not the Spanish state missteps further in an attempted occupation of Catalonia, the political geography of Spain now seems destined to be permanently... Read More
Basque Country – experiences of the Social Forum to invigorate peace
The Basque process has had to be innovative, mainly because of the very limited contact between ETA and the Spanish or French governments. Much of Basque... Read More
Basque Country – definitive cessation of ETA’s armed activity
Emeritus Archbishop and Noble Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu, welcomed ETA’s decision to start the process of disarmament, because it “opens the door to a lasting... Read More
Catalonia – divisive policies that merge identities
Catalonia is undergoing profound changes – particularly with respect to its class boundaries and defining elements of identity – which are prompting the development of... Read More
Building an inclusive peace process in the Basque Country
It is time for the local, regional and state-wide political leadership to recognise the maturity of local civil society and afford it a lead-role in the resolution of the Basque conflict and all aspects that surround it - such as the issue of prisoners, the victims of terrorism, political legitimacy and even the right to repentance.
Resolving the Basque conflict
The Spanish government should immediately establish contacts with ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna); not because it owes ETA anything, but because Basque society wants the irreversibility of the end of violence to be guaranteed through the disarmament and dismantling of ETA’s structures.