Catalans to renew independence bid with early election - euobserver.com, NIKOLAJ NIELSEN, 15 Jan 2015. "Mas is set to challenge the central government again after calling for an election on 27 September during a news conference on Wednesday. A majority win for the separatist lawmakers in the 135-regional parliament chamber could lead to calls for a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain."
MEPs welcome Catalan Sovereignty Declaration - The Greens / European Free Alliance in the European Parliament. "Europe needs to be ready for the prospect of Catalan independence. The European Commission cannot pretend that this isn't happening nor can they ignore the democratic will of the Catalan people. The European Union is a great beacon of peace and democracy throughout the world. The principles that we espouse abroad must also apply within our borders."
Will Catalonia Secede From Spain? - thenation.com, Andy Robinson, October 21, 2014. "The immediate trigger to the surge in support for independence occurred when, in 2010, conservative judges on the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional the Catalan Statute, a new declaration of rights approved by Catalans in a 2006 referendum. This would have granted more autonomy to Catalonia and defined it as a nation."
Nationalia - Parliament declares Catalan people "a sovereign political and legal subject". Declaration is passed by 63% of MPs in the Catalan chamber, including the two largest parties · Spanish parties vote against, deem the text “illegal” · The declaration denies main principle of the Spanish Constitution · Poll shows a majority of Catalans support independence.
Europe must address Spain-Catalonia issue - theguardian.com, Joseph A Munoz, 2 October 2014. "European governments say this is an internal matter and it’s an acceptable position, although David Cameron has advised the Spanish to allow Catalans a say as he’s done with Scotland. However, on 9 November, if the vote is blocked, the Catalan government will be forced into calling an early plebiscitary election and, depending on the result, make a unilateral declaration of independence."