The Debates feature from Euro|Topics offers English (+ French and German) translations of a selections of articles in European news sources on this topic.
Euro|Topics relaunched their website during 2016. Features published before that date are still available via an archive website (see related url hyperlinks).The Catalan government on the 28 August 2017 presented a bill for Catalonia's transition to independence. According to the plan the bill would come into effect if a majority voted for secession from Spain in a referendum to be held on 1 October 2017. Madrid had already declared the referendum illegal.
The reactions of the Spanish media ranged from scepticism to outrage said Euro|Topics.
An important stage was reached on the 6 September 2017 when the Catalan parliament passed the fast-tracked bill providing the framework for the referendum to be held on the 1 October 2017 and the Catalan government signed the decree.
The Spanish government started the process to ask the Spanish Constitutional Court to ban the vote. Spain's constitutional court suspended the referendum law on the 7 September 2017.
The Local.es and other news sources reported on the 12 September 2017 that hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied in Barcelona on their national day to demand their region's secession from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of the independence referendum.
For many years La Diada Nacional de Catalunya had been a powerful focus for the independence campaign in Catalonia.
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