littleghostwriter
littleghostwriter:

BREAKING NEWS: Constitutional Court In Spain Suspends Catalonia’s Planned Independence Referendum

The Spanish government appealed to the courts to stop Catalonia’s independence vote which was planned by the regional movement for November 9, after Catalonia President Artur Mas came up with an decree on Saturday that officially called for a vote on Catalan independence. 

"Neither the object nor the proceedings of the vote are compatible with the Spanish constitution." - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

The Catalan push for independence seems to have been given momentum from Scotland’s referendum, despite the Scottish voters’ rejection of an break-up from the United Kingdom.

Nevertheless the reasons that are guiding Catalans to the streets for demanding independence are quite similar to those that brought Scots to the polls. But this time they might be even more amplified as well as Catalonia’s frustration with the Spanish government comes in part from being the wealthiest region of Spain and Catalonia’s separate historical legacy and identity being more stratified as above half of the region’s population speaking Catalan as primary language.

 “Catalonia wants to speak. Wants to be heard. Wants to vote. Now is the right time and we have the right legal framework to do so.” - Catalonian President Artur Mas

The question now is what the next step might be. Will the referendum will be held, despite suspension? What reactions from both sides can be expected?

A referendum like this always divides the society in two, forces people to choose. And often it turnes out not to be easy to choose between two contradictory options, that will have effects on both, country and its people.

littleghostwriter:

BREAKING NEWS: Constitutional Court In Spain Suspends Catalonia’s Planned Independence Referendum

The Spanish government appealed to the courts to stop Catalonia’s independence vote which was planned by the regional movement for November 9, after Catalonia President Artur Mas came up with an decree on Saturday that officially called for a vote on Catalan independence.

"Neither the object nor the proceedings of the vote are compatible with the Spanish constitution." - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

The Catalan push for independence seems to have been given momentum from Scotland’s referendum, despite the Scottish voters’ rejection of an break-up from the United Kingdom.

Nevertheless the reasons that are guiding Catalans to the streets for demanding independence are quite similar to those that brought Scots to the polls. But this time they might be even more amplified as well as Catalonia’s frustration with the Spanish government comes in part from being the wealthiest region of Spain and Catalonia’s separate historical legacy and identity being more stratified as above half of the region’s population speaking Catalan as primary language.

“Catalonia wants to speak. Wants to be heard. Wants to vote. Now is the right time and we have the right legal framework to do so.” - Catalonian President Artur Mas

The question now is what the next step might be. Will the referendum will be held, despite suspension? What reactions from both sides can be expected?

A referendum like this always divides the society in two, forces people to choose. And often it turnes out not to be easy to choose between two contradictory options, that will have effects on both, country and its people.

colleenrants

colleenrants:

The Republic of San Marino is one of the smallest countries in the world, extending 24 square miles and boating a population of around 33,000.  It was founded by Saint Marinus, who took refuge in Apennine mountains of Italy due to the Diocletian Persecution.  The small community grew and officially broke away from the Roman Empire in 301 CE, and remained independent ever since.  San Marino decided against joining Italy in the unification of the peninsula and stayed neutral in both World Wars.

mapsontheweb
mapsontheweb:

Map of the Seven Years’ War
The conflict that Winston Churchill would label as the true “first world war” began as the European powers sought dominance both in Europe and in their overseas empires. Most of the countries of Europe were involved in the war in some form, but the majority of the fighting took place between the allied countries of Great Britain and Prussia, and the opposing forces of France and Austria. On the European continent, in what was seen by many to be a contiuation of the War of Austrian Sucession, Prussia and Austria struggled for supremacy in Eastern Europe. In North America, where the war was known as the French and Indian War, colonial rivalries between Britain and France led to much fighting on the American and Canadian frontiers. Fighting also broke out between British and French colonies on the Indian subcontinent. When the war ended in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris, Prussia had confirmed its control over the region of Silesia, and France had lost all of her holdings on the North American mainland and Indian subcontinent. Great Britain had emerged as the dominant colonial power.

mapsontheweb:

Map of the Seven Years’ War

The conflict that Winston Churchill would label as the true “first world war” began as the European powers sought dominance both in Europe and in their overseas empires. Most of the countries of Europe were involved in the war in some form, but the majority of the fighting took place between the allied countries of Great Britain and Prussia, and the opposing forces of France and Austria. On the European continent, in what was seen by many to be a contiuation of the War of Austrian Sucession, Prussia and Austria struggled for supremacy in Eastern Europe. In North America, where the war was known as the French and Indian War, colonial rivalries between Britain and France led to much fighting on the American and Canadian frontiers. Fighting also broke out between British and French colonies on the Indian subcontinent. When the war ended in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris, Prussia had confirmed its control over the region of Silesia, and France had lost all of her holdings on the North American mainland and Indian subcontinent. Great Britain had emerged as the dominant colonial power.

littleghostwriter
littleghostwriter:

Ukraine Seeks Application For EU Membership In 2020

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced his intent to move Ukraine further away from Russian influence and signaled plans to apply for EU membership in 6 years time after implementing a series of necessary economic and political reforms (part of the  “Strategy 2020” plan). Those reforms have to be deep-rooted in order to overcome years of inefficient and corrupt governance by the Yanukovych government to make the country eligible for a possible EU membership.

In the recent month Ukraine already has taken steps to forge stronger ties with Europe (economic association agreement between EU and Ukraine), despite of fierce opposition from Russia, which doesn’t want to see the former Soviet republic slowly slipping out of its sphere of influence. Until now no prospects have been made by neither the 28-nation EU nor NATO to offer membership to Kiev. 

Meanwhile, a ceasefire in the conflict between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine appears to be holding as NATO officials reported a withdrawal of large numbers of Russian troops from Ukraine to locations near the border. According to the United Nations over 3,500 people have been killed in the conflict since fighting broke out earlier this year.

littleghostwriter:

Ukraine Seeks Application For EU Membership In 2020

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced his intent to move Ukraine further away from Russian influence and signaled plans to apply for EU membership in 6 years time after implementing a series of necessary economic and political reforms (part of the “Strategy 2020” plan). Those reforms have to be deep-rooted in order to overcome years of inefficient and corrupt governance by the Yanukovych government to make the country eligible for a possible EU membership.

In the recent month Ukraine already has taken steps to forge stronger ties with Europe (economic association agreement between EU and Ukraine), despite of fierce opposition from Russia, which doesn’t want to see the former Soviet republic slowly slipping out of its sphere of influence. Until now no prospects have been made by neither the 28-nation EU nor NATO to offer membership to Kiev.

Meanwhile, a ceasefire in the conflict between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine appears to be holding as NATO officials reported a withdrawal of large numbers of Russian troops from Ukraine to locations near the border. According to the United Nations over 3,500 people have been killed in the conflict since fighting broke out earlier this year.