Week 15-21 October 2018

19 October. On Friday, the leader of Spanish party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, met imprisoned pro-independence ERC leader Oriol Junqueras. After the meeting, that took place in the prison of Lledoners, Iglesias declared that no support will be given to the Spanish government’s budget while there are political prisoners in the country. Junqueras’ party, ERC, also declined to support the budget. Spain’s PSOE led government depends on other parties like Podemos and ERC to pass legislation in the Spanish parliament.

Also on Friday, we learnt that, despite having more speakers than Bulgarian, Danish, Irish, Finnish, Slovakian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Latvian, Estonian and Maltese, and despite there being no objections from its president, Antonio Tajani, Catalan still cannot be used in the European Parliament. The reason? It is down to Spain to request it.

21 October. On Sunday, there were news that Catalunya en Comú, a party currently in favour of a negotiated independence referendum but neutral on independence and voting in parliament on numerous occasions in compliance with current Spanish judicial impositions, has shown this week divisions on this issue, with prominent names criticising the current stance as complicity with Spanish repression.

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