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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

En defensa del Estado de derecho en la Unión Europea

Carta abierta relativa a la defensa del Estado de derecho en la Unión Europea, co-signada por 188 académicos, políticos, intelectuales de la esfera pública y miembros del Parlamento Europeo, y enviada el 3 de Noviembre del 2017. English Català

Cataluña: ¿Y ahora, qué?

El pasado 27 de octubre, en cuestión de horas, Cataluña pasó de ver cómo se proclamaba la independencia  a ver cómo se intervenía su autogobierno por parte del gobierno en Madrid. English

Catalonia: now what?

Last October 27, in hours, Catalonia went from independence being declared by the Barcelona Parliament to having its system of self-rule taken over by the government in Madrid. Español

Upholding the Rule of Law in the European Union

An open letter concerning the upholding of the Rule of Law in the European Union, co-signed by 188 scholars, politicians, public intellectuals and members of the European Parliament and sent on November 3, 2017. Español. Catalan

Why Catalonia does not deserve to be independent

If we accept such self-serving and irresponsible arguments in one case, the whole of Europe is gone.

The antirumours strategy and multi-level learning

In 2014, the Council of Europe led a European project to adapt and evaluate the antirumours methodology in 10 European cities. Now the interest is worldwide.

How technology powered the Catalan referendum

One of the real heroes of the referendum was undoubtedly social media.

Why Catalonia is not the Balkans

An analysis of where the Spain/Yugoslavia comparison succeeds, and where it fails.

Should we close our worlds? Or open them out?

Cities need an overarching, positive narrative that binds all people to where they live, and where day to day behaviour and activities connect well with civic life. Interview. 

Catalonia: an incomplete transition?

The revolution to build democratic ‘stability’ and peace based on human rights and respect for citizen participation is an open-ended process in which dialogue, negotiation and participation are vital and ‘immortal’ cornerstones. Español

Catalunya and beyond: what’s after the nation-state?

To take back control we need neither to retreat to existing nation-states nor to replicate the nation state’s authoritarian structures at a smaller, regional level.

Taking the Spanish government before the law

The EU might be forced to act under the pressure of its citizens, and for this, it has provided both the procedure and the channels.

Spain’s uncompromising perspective

In Spanish, the word ‘to compromise’ has no translation.

Spain: shall we talk?

"We need to opt for dialogue, respect and understanding. We are many, we are diverse, we are respectful, and above all we want a better country and not one infinitely worse." Español

Spain: how a democratic country can silence its citizens

Spain, one of the European countries at the sharp end of imposed austerity measures, has also been in the vanguard of imposing restrictions on protest against them. Archive: originally published May 2014. Español

"The streets will always be ours" - Catalonia, a referendum from below

Although some still conceive of the referendum as launched by a pro-independence vanguard, the elite story falls short of explaining the resilient participation of a large part of Catalan civil society.

Llamamiento a la izquierda democrática sobre los acontecimientos de Cataluña

Únete a nosotros en levantar una voz colectiva desde la izquierda contra el abuso de la democracia, tanto por el gobierno catalán, como por el gobierno español. English

Declaración sobre la crisis en Cataluña

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion ... if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love." (Nelson Mandela) English

Declaration on the crisis in Catalonia

We, the undersigned, a group of philosophers working at Catalan universities, declare: Español

Call to the democratic Left on the events in Catalonia

Join us in raising a collective voice from the left, against the abuse of democracy both by the Catalan government and the Spanish government. Español

The birth of the Unilateral Republic of Catalonia

The State reacts as a cornered Leviathan, filled with intolerable violence in the face of the threat of its disintegration. But those who aspire to disintegrate it want a State for themselves. Español.

Catalonia: democracy and secession

The Catalan question is not a national question, nor a question of a nation state, but a question of democracy.

Catalonia: now what?

The time has now come for Europe to make its voice heard, after Madrid’s brutal repression and its failure to listen to that many of its own people.

Is it time we had an international framework for unilateral secession?

The current UN Charter is unsuitable, outdated and preoccupied with the era of decolonisation, which posed very different challenges to those we are facing today.

Why both the Spanish and the Catalan governments think they come out reinforced from the referendum clash

The PP may be seen as sole guarantor of Spanish unity, while support for pro-independence parties morphs into a reaction against repression by the Spanish government and its conservative values.

There is more than one nationalism in the Iberian peninsula

International criticism of the Spanish government’s behaviour towards Catalonia has so far been muted. However, the central state’s belligerent intransigence has left Catalans with very few choices.

Lo que queda de la democracia en Cataluña

El Parlamento catalán medio vacío durante la votación de la ley del referendo ilustra cómo la democracia en Cataluña se ha quebrado. El gobierno catalán ha suspendido las sesiones, a la espera de declarar la independencia. English Português

Uma (fraca) homenagem à democracia na Catalunha

As imagens de um Parlamento meio vazio durante o voto da lei do referendo ilustram como a democracia e a Catalunha seguiram caminhos separados. A democracia não é a lei da maioria, mas a protecção da minoria. English Español

A (weak) homage to democracy in Catalonia

The images of a half-empty parliament during the referendum law vote illustrate how Democracy and Catalonia have gone their separate ways. Democracy is not the law of the majority, but the protection of the minority. Español Português

Cataluña: reconocimiento y dignidad

El día 2 de octubre será necesario buscar salidas que no impliquen la derrota total del otro y que exista capacidad de reconocimiento de la diversidad nacional de España. English

Simplemente queremos dejar de rogar

No deja de ser inquietante que en España no haya modo de celebrar un referéndum. Y me refiero a cualquier referéndum. English

We just want to stop pleading

A call to the people of Spain, because the Catalan independence referendum on October 1 is about rather more than that. Español

Catalonia: recognition and dignity

On October 2, it will be necessary to find a way out that does not imply the total defeat of the other and that enables us to recognize Spain’s national diversity. Español

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

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