What has been most interesting for me has been the uncritical defence by the Spaniards here and Guy of government policy. I can't imagine similar in a British context.
: Uff, too many questions to answer. And I think
: this is not the board for political debates.
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: It's a great pity there isn't a Catalan here
: to give a Catalan viewpoint in recent
: debates. And I don't mean a partisan for
: illegal independence but the issues that
: might drive that desire.
: Thanks for the clarifications about 2010. I
: had got hem impression that the whole
: agreement of 2006 had been overturned. That
: said maybe more areas of purely regional
: responsibility, eviction law, fracking etc.
: might be a balm to national sentiments.
: I'd understood the point about
: constitutional reform, is there a interest
: in that outside Catalonia? And for what
: purposes? Any constitutional reform would
: need to pass by both parliamentary chambers
: & then a national referendum?
: Interesting that for example that marriage
: law could be changed to allow same sex
: marriage. And that the Popular Party also
: challenged that?
: I don't know the differences between for
: example the German Federal system & the
: Spanish system. Maybe the difference isn't
: substantive but semantic? Nation, state etc.
: So if I understand correctly tax collecting
: by Catalonia is not up for discussion. The
: Basques & Navarre get that because they
: are so wealthy?
: And the money solution is a bigger share of
: the national budget sent to Catalonia agreed
: year by year or some more complex change to
: the funding formula that will more
: favourable to Catalonia over a longer
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: Well, I do not remember exactly all points
: overturned by the constitutional court, but
: the two main ones are problematic. The
: nationalists wanted the Catalan Superior
: Court being the last appeal court. Appeal to
: the Supreme Court would be only accepted in
: cases of "unification of
: doctrine", ie, if different superior
: courts had different criteria on the same
: matter. Sorry if I am not explaining it in
: correct judicial English.
: The other point, as it has been since the
: 80's is the language. They wanted Catalan to
: have supremacy over Spanish. And that is
: clearly against the fundamental rights of
: the constitution. Did you know that it is
: impossible to receive education in Spanish
: in Catalonia. All subjects are taught in
: Catalan, except Spanish and the foreign
: language (English or French). That only
: happens in Catalonia. Not in the Basque
: Country or Galicia. Even if there are many
: court sentences giving parents the right to
: demand education in Spanish for their
: children, if they wished, the Catalan Govt.
: has always refuse to comply with them.
: The committee proposed to be created at the
: Congress is about the constitutional reform,
: not about negotiating with Catalonia.
: So, these two relevant points are difficult
: to negotiate.
: The other points are about money. It has
: always been about money, as I said when this
: topic started to be discussed on the board.
: Anyway, since you are being the
: "speaker" of the Catalan
: nationalist cause, what are the further
: powers to be devolved to Catalonia? Surely
: there is no other region in Europe, not even
: in federal countries, with more
: self-government than Catalonia (except the
: Basque Country and Navarre in Spain, who
: have financial independence and taxes are
: paid to those territories and not the
: Spanish Tax Agency).
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