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  1. And now Putin did what everyone know he would so: calling the EU out for their hypocrisy (Catalonia vs. Kosovo).
  2. And there is a start of a diplomatic fight: The Belgian ambassador in Madrid has received a number of angry emails from circles close to the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. In Spanish government circles there is scant understanding for the Belgian premier's attitude to the stand-off between Madrid and Barcelona and the Catalans efforts to secure independence. Belgian Premier Charles Michel was one of the first to condemn the violence that accompanied the Catalan vote on independence. At the weekend Mr Michel spoke out in the daily Le Soir urging Spain and Catalonia to halt what he described as a "War of Nerves". The pronouncements did not receive a warm welcome in Madrid triggering the unpleasant emails that express stupefaction at Mr Michel's words. Belgian Premier Charles Michel has been keen to play down speculation about a rift with Madrid suggesting that an erroneous interpretation may have been given to his words in Spain: “PM Rajoy has my phone number. He can always reach me!” Mr Michel and Sr Rajoy are both attending the EU summit in Brussels today. It remains to be seen whether any differences will surface publicly. No official meeting is planned but Mr Michel would not rule out the two leaders speaking informally. Madrid has reportedly also withdrawn its support for a top Belgian police woman aiming to become the new head of Europol. PM Michel has been keen to talk up Catherine De Bolle’s chances suggesting that he couldn’t imagine that a prestigious country like Spain would stoop to such tactics. Mr Michel can count on support for his stand in cabinet. Belgian interior minister Jan Jambon, a Flemish nationalist says: "He's doing what others should: condemning the Spaniards on account of the police violence on the day. It's a good thing that our PM is saying how things are." Deputy Premier Alexander De Croo, a Flemish liberal shares this view: "The way that the Spaniards dealt with the referendum is unacceptable. This is the result of an unrestrained nationalism on both sides. Our reaction was the right one. http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/News/1.3084162 This is one of the few times I actually feel a little proud of my little country.
  3. How many characters can say it their love is "sent" by the gods?
  4. When they think of each other, it almost always in connection with their other sister/brothers. I think both of them have and had a lot of other love possible "love"* interests in the text itself. Jon has Ygritte, Val, ... (and I might even consider Dany ) And Sansa has Harry, Willas, Tyrion, Sandor, ... * I call them love interests but you must see "love" in very broad sense. It also includes arranged marriages, perverts, ... There is of course only one guy who kisses Sansa in her dreams
  5. Sansa thought Robb was also a hero. So I am not really sure how Sansa considering her brother(s) to be her heroes as a sign of love? They are family. And Sansa had favored her mother's gods over her father's. She loved the statues, the pictures in leaded glass, the fragrance of burning incense, the septons with their robes and crystals, the magical play of the rainbows over altars inlaid with mother-of-pearl and onyx and lapis lazuli. Yet she could not deny that the godswood had a certain power too. Especially by night. Help me, she prayed, send me a friend, a true knight to champion me . . . And guess who really comes to help her after this prayer? It isn't Jon. Nor is it someone who calls himself a knight
  6. On the other side only European States respecting the fundamental principles of the European Union can become part of the Union; those fundamental principles also include the rule of law. So there are countries who might say Catalonia cannot become part of the Union because they might have broken the rule of law. It is complicated
  7. I think it can be possible to accept Catalonia as a Member State of the European Union or at least legally. It is possible to suspend a country's voting rights in the Council because they infringed one of the fundamental principles of the European Union (like human rights). Without a vote Spain would't be able to vote in the decision of accepting Catalonia as a Member of the European Union. --- This is of course legal talk. There would many member states not accepting this procedure (or at least I hope so), because 1° this is completely unethical, 2° they don't want a precedent where a country was excluded from the decision to accept if an other country could become part of the club, 3° other countries are 'best friends' with Spain, ....
  8. No. It sounds like confederalism. But Puigdemont clearly declared the independence ... but asked the parliament to suspend it because he (or rather the rest of the world) wants dialogue.
  9. @Meera of Tarth Did he or didn't he declare Catalonia now independence? I have a newspaper saying he didn't yet and I have one saying yes?
  10. And he might get arrested according to our media by the Spanish Police.
  11. The whole debate really lives in here Flanders. So it isn't that very extraordinary. I don't agree a lot with The Inquisitior. I will agree with him there a lot of other separatist/independentist movements in Flanders who are using this for their own political reasons. When a certain party puts his own demands for more regional autonomy aside for power, it is kind of very annoying if it's members is now protesting for a free independent Catalonia in Barcelona . Last week we had each one debate/interview (and most the time more than one) on our national broadcast (or at least the Flemish one). Meera of Tarth also told me a lot about the subject. I am not that informed about the entire Spanish politics - which is more than just the issue of Catalan Independence. Or at least I hope so.
  12. The Council of Europe has spoken too: 1° Human Rights Commissioner calls on Spain to investigate allegations of disproportionate use of police force in Catalonia Today, the Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks published a letter sent on 4 October to Mr Juan Ignacio Zoido Álvarez, Minister of the Interior of Spain, in which he raises concerns regarding allegations of disproportionate use of force by law enforcement authorities in Catalonia on 1 October 2017. “The Spanish authorities should ensure that swift, independent and effective investigations are carried out into all allegations of police misconduct and disproportionate use of force. This is of fundamental importance, both for deterring any further police misconduct but also to prevent any escalation of tensions and violence. In addition, ensuring accountability for any misconduct is essential to preserve public confidence in the work of law enforcement officials”, writes Commissioner Muižnieks. In this context, the Commissioner reiterates his recommendation to establish an independent complaints mechanism covering all law enforcement officials, either by enlarging the competencies of the national Ombudsman or by setting up a new body. https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal/-/human-rights-commissioner-calls-on-spain-to-investigate-allegations-of-disproportionate-use-of-police-force-in-catalonia (There is a link to the letter of the Commissioner and the reply of the Minister of Interior). 2° Spokesperson of the Secretary General: Meeting between Secretary General Jagland and the Foreign Minister of Spain, Alfonso Dastis Quecedo The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today met with the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Alfonso Dastis Quecedo for a detailed and comprehensive exchange regarding the situation in Catalonia. The Secretary General emphasised the importance of the unity of Spain. He underlined that the internal dialogue should be based on the rule of law and constitutional principles. Jagland welcomed that Spain will conduct an investigation of clashes with police in Catalonia, which was confirmed by the Minister. The Secretary General expressed the hope that, given time for dialogue, a solution could be found https://www.coe.int/fr/web/secretary-general/-/spokesperson-of-the-secretary-general-meeting-between-secretary-general-jagland-and-the-foreign-minister-of-spain-alfonso-dastis-quecedo I have very cynical of international, European and federal politics . That happens when you live in Belgium, especially if you hear that the European form of political dialogue should be based upon the Belgian form (looking for consensus) . My country has been dialoguing herself to the death. And we hold the world record for having the longest time no government. . The only level of which I don't have a cynical view, is the local one. My mayor is awesome, one of the best mayors of the world, and did some very amazing work to my city the last seventeen years.
  13. Apparently the representative of Government of Catalonia to the EU, Amadeo Altafay, did ask last sunday noon the cabinet of Juncker that Juncker would ask the Spanish Government to stop the police violence. And the answer was negative.
  14. The problem is that there isn't such a golden rule. When Kosovo declared themselves independent in 2008, several countries actually recognized it very soon. And the International Court of Justice said international law contains no prohibition on declarations of independence - which in fact is a precedent. You are a state when you are recognized by the rest of the world as a state. And countries doesn't really look at international rules. They think what is the most interesting for themselves, and they adjust the international rules to argument their case. For example: Kosovo isn't recognized as a state by Russia, but Russia invokes the precedent of Kosovo to declare the referendum of Crimea valid.
  15. It all depends on what actually is interesting for your own geopolitical interests and internal politics. The independence of Belgium was accepted thanks to British because they thought it was interesting to have a neutral buffer state between Germany and France. The United Kingdom, France, ... will not accept an unilateral declaration of independence of Catalonia to defend their own internal national integrity (to avoid a precedent although there are already precedents) unless they have actually to gain something with an independent Catalonian. And the European Union probably don't want to interfere in a sensitive issue which apparently exists for centuries.