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About Joan Costa Alegret

Joan Costa Alegret is a Barcelona-born retired international civil servant and occasional writer, currently living in New Hampshire.

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Cataluña se declara de facto independiente

Los nacionalistas catalanes están intentando imponer un referéndum inconstitucional para provocar una reacción por parte del Estado que impulse protestas masivas y facilite una mayoría que, hasta ahora, les ha sido imposible alcanzar. English

Catalonia’s de facto independence

Catalonia is trying to hold a referendum, to provoke a reaction from the State that would boost massive protests and deliver a majority which, so far, has proven elusive. Español

Ansiedades catalanas

Las próximas elecciones en Cataluña no van a traer, probablemente, mayorías claras, pero sí van a traer división. Convencidos de la necesidad de afirmar su supremacía, los secesionistas se preparan para tomar algún atajo. English.

Catalan anxieties

The upcoming regional elections in Catalonia will be divisive. Convinced of the need to get the upper hand, secessionists are ready to take a few shortcuts. Español

Independence at the eleventh hour: the rise and rise of the Catalan independence movement

On 9 November, Catalans will vote in an "unofficial" referendum for independence. Just how did it come to this?

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