Books
What Catalans Want

What Catalans Want is a book that takes a concerted look at Catalonia at a moment when the country’s political future as a Spanish autonomous region has been called into question for the first time since this formula came into being in 1980. It does so by talking to representative personalities from all walks of life who provide clues about the recent developments in the country. Read more

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What’s up with Catalonia?

“What’s up with Catalonia?” is a collection of brand-new essays —written in the last few months by experts in Catalan history, economy, language, culture, and politics— that explain why 1.5 million people took to the streets on Catalonia’s National Day, September 11, 2012, to demand independence from Spain, and how they are channeling that joyous, peaceful, democratic spirit toward the Declaration of Sovereignty, structures of state, and other steps toward having their own independent country. Read more

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History of Catalonia

This is a rigorous and enjoyable vision suitable for all kind of readers, easy and quick to read. The book by the Catalan Professor Jaume Sobrequés i Callicó, traces the past of Catalonia, from prehistorical times to the present. It is written for all Catalans without exception and also for those foreigners who want to have a general understanding of the origins of this country. This brief history shows how the Catalan nation, when it had a state of its own, played a leading role in Europe through many centuries. The book also explains how this state was attacked and eventually destroyed on September 11th 1714, and it gives an account of the subsequent struggle of the Catalan people to rise from their ashes and regain a place in history. Read more

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Barcelona, Catalonia: A View from the Inside

A collection of Matthew Tree’s incisive essays about life, language, and politics in Catalonia, as told through the eyes of a Catalan-speaking Englishman, or an English-speaking Catalan, depending on your vantage point, and his. Matthew’s honesty and keen observations combined with his sharp wit and mastery of language (two languages!) give the reader a unique and compelling vision of Catalonia, rarely uncovered by the casual visitor, as he discusses what he promises is the next new state in Europe and its relationship with the state it currently belongs to. Read more

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Homage To Barcelona

This book celebrates one of Europe’s greatest cities — a cosmopolitan city of vibrant architecture and art, great churches and museums, intriguing port life and extravagant nightclubs, restaurants and bars. It moves from the story of the city’s founding, and huge expansion in the nineteenth century, to the lives of Gaudi, Miro, Casals and Dali. It also examines the history of Catalan nationalism, the tragedy of the Civil War, the Franco years, and the transition from dictatorship to democracy which Colm Tóibín witnessed in the 1970s. Read more

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Catalan Nationalism: Francoism, Transition and Democracy

Are the Catalans content with the outcome of the Spanish transition to democracy? Is there a future for Catalan nationalism within the EU? How does globalization impact upon the survival and development of nations without states such as Catalonia? Will increasing numbers of immigrants transform regional identities? Has devolution fostered secessionism in Catalonia? These are some of the key questions discussed in this book. Read more

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Katalonien: der diskrete Charme der kleinen Staaten

Tilbert Dídac Stegmann, Professor für Katalanistik und Romanistik an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main hat in Zusammenarbeit mit dem in Deutschland lebenden katalanischen Kunsthistoriker Martí Santcliment das Buch „Katalonien: der diskrete Charme der kleinen Staaten“ beim Lit Verlag (2014) herausgebracht.

Es handelt sich um einen Band mit Artikeln und Aufsätzen, die eine Annäherung an das katalanische Unabhängigkeitsstreben anhand verschiedener Aspekte verfolgen.
Der international anerkannte katalanische Soziologe Prof. Salvador Cardús erörtert dabei die Frage der Identität eines Volkes und seiner Berechtigung, als solches anerkannt zu werden. Das Problem der Katalanen besteht darin, so Cardús, dass die Instrumente, die heute zur Schaffung und Erhaltung dieser Identitätswerte dienen, „in den Händen des spanischen Staates liegen“.
Prof. Joan Mira reflektiert über das Europa der Nationalstaaten und die damit verbundene Unsichtbarkeit der territorial untergeordneten Nationalvölker. Auch geht es um die Definition von Toleranz, für die Prof. Tilbert Stegmann auf den Frankfurter Philosophen Rainer Forst und auf Wolfgang Thierse zurückgreift, denn diese sollte nicht nur ein geduldetes Nebeneinander, sondern ein respektvolles Miteinander sein.
Ein persönlicher Beitrag von Matthew Tree, einem in Barcelona lebenden britischen Schriftsteller, der es inzwischen aufgegeben hat, antikatalanische Landsleute überzeugen zu wollen, gibt auch Anlass für das eine oder andere Schmunzeln. Die pragmatischere Annäherung des deutschen Politikwissenschaftlers Prof. Klaus-Jürgen Nagel bietet einen Einblick in die komplexe Gestalt des Unabhängigkeitsprozesses Kataloniens und erläutert dessen zukünftige Situation in der EU.
Der Kunsthistoriker und Katalane Martí Sancliment spricht aus, was in diesem Sezessionsprozess oftmals noch übersehen wird: Ein unabhängiges Katalonien könne auch eine Gelegenheit für Europa sein, demokratische Reife zu zeigen. Darüber hinaus kommen einige Politiker zu Wort, wie Franz Schausberger, Präsident des Instituts der Regionen Europas und ehemaliger Landeshauptmann von Salzburg, oder Artur Mas, Präsident der katalanischen Regierung, mit einem Brief an die Bundeskanzlerin. Eine, so könnte man auf den ersten Blick meinen, kunterbunte Mischung von deutschen und katalanischen Beiträgen, die in ihrer Gesamtheit dennoch ein übergreifendes Bild vermitteln, um die Hintergründe dieses Sezessionsprozesses zu verstehen.
Das gebundene Büchlein liegt leicht in der Hand, und in einer Stunde hat man die knapp 90 Seiten durchgeblättert. Trotz des politischen Themas überrascht die leichte und unterhaltsame Lektüre, die den Leser nachhaltig beschäftigen wird.
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Media
Spain’s Secret Conflict (Catalan subtitles)

Catalonia/videoframes/SpainSecretConflictA documentary commissioned by Sobirania i Progrés to internationalize the Catalan process of self-determination. The video presents the Catalan point of view through some very interesting interviews. Watch

Catalonia: The future is another country

Catalonia/videoframes/CataloniaTheFutureAnotherCountryA conference by the English author Matthew Tree that tries to explain Catalonia to a group of American students: how he discovered our country and the experiences he had while living here. He also reviews the main facts of our history and some relevant political events of recent times. Watch

Farewell, Spain?

Catalonia/videoframes/FarewellSpainThis documentary, directed by Dolors Genovès and broadcasted by the Public Television of Catalonia, compares the reality of Greenland, Scotland and Quebec with Catalonia, and reflects about some crucial questions, such as “is independence/secession democratic?”, “would these new states be economically viable?”, “how would the EU react?”. Watch

Catalonia’s independence

Catalonia/videoframes/Catalonia's IndependenceThis video debates some of the arguments given against Catalonia’s viability as an independent nation. It is based on an article from Xavier Sala-i-Martin, a Catalan-American professor of Economics at Columbia University. Watch

Catalan history part 1: From the greeks to the bourbons

Catalonia/videoframes/Catalan history part 1Video nicely summed up and explained the history of Catalonia from the Greeks to the Spanish domination in 1714 when Catalonia lost the War of Succession. Watch

Catalan history part 2: From defeat to democrarcy

Catalonia/videoframes/Catalan history part 2Video nicely summed up and explained the history of Catalonia from defeat to democrarcy. Watch

Catalan history part 3: 30 Years into democratic transition

Catalonia/videoframes/Catalan history part 3Video nicely summed up and explained the history of Catalonia since the death of Franco and the present. Watch

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Webs
Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia)

Catalonia/webs/gencat_logoThe Generalitat is the political institution through which the self-government of Catalonia is organised. It is made up of the Parliament, the President of the Generalitat, as well as its Government. Here you can find everything you might want to know about the functions, responsibilities, organisation, economic resources, and history of the institutions and offices of the Generalitat. Open in new window

Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT)

Diplocat DIPLOCAT is a public-private body at the service of the Government. Its mission is to promote the image, reputation, and international projection of Catalonia by means of the exportation of the best knowledge about the country and its assets and unique values, thus fomenting its internationalisation. Open in new window

Catalonia votes

Catalonia votesThe Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia launch a new web page specifically aimed at providing information regarding the 9 November referendum. Open in new window

Wilson Initiative

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The goal of the Wilson Initiative is to contribute to the current debate on self-determination in Catalonia in order to help its citizens decide their own future, free from fear or unfounded threats. Open in new window

ElClauer.cat (The Keychain)

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A useful tool that answers all the questions raised in the debate in our country about the possibility that Catalonia should become an independent state. Open in new window

Cercle Català de Negocis (Catalan Business Circle)

Catalonia/webs/CCNCatalan businessmen are becoming fully aware that the only way to solve the current crisis is the achievement of an independent state. The Catalan Business Circle has been working for some time to elaborate sound economic and business arguments for independence. Open in new window

Col·lectiu Carlemany (Charlemagne Group)

Catalonia/webs/CCNCol·lectiu Carlemany is a group of people with a strong interest in the European implications of self-determination, a right which Catalans have decided to exert. Open in new window