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“Chrislam” – Europe Folds To The Islamization Of Christmas

Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute, The re-theologizing of Christmas is based on the false premise that the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus (Isa) of the Koran. This religious fusion, sometimes referred to as "Chrislam," is gaining ground in a West that has become biblically illiterate. A school in Lüneburg postponed […]

Catalan Government Said To Back Off Independence Push, Will Seek Elections; Spanish Stocks Soar, Yields Tumble

Yesterday Catalonia’s government was preparing to declare independence, as we discussed. Just hours after Puigdemont snubbed Madrid, canceling his visit to The Senate to discuss their imposition of Article 155, Catalan Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras told AP that the Spanish government had left Catalonia “no other option” but to proclaim a new republic. Mr. […]

Catalan Separatist Leader: “Spain Leaves No Option But To Proclaim New Republic”

Update: Just hours after Puigdemont snubbed Madrid, canceling his visit to The Senate to discuss their imposition of Article 155, Catalan Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras told AP that the Spanish government had left Catalonia “no other option” but to proclaim a new republic. Mr. Junqueras told the AP he was commenting as leader of […]

With Just Hours Until Spain’s Ultimatum Runs Out, Catalonia Proposes Its Own Central Bank

It’s D-Day for Catalan President Carles Puigdemont who has just a few hours left until 10 am on Monday (4am ET) to respond to the Spanish government’s ultimatum delivered last week by the prime minister, demanding to know whether Puigdemont did, indeed, declare independence last week. If Puigdemont says yes, fails to respond, or provides […]

Spanish Government Begins Process To Suspend Catalan Autonomy

In a much anticipated televized briefing, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy formally demanded the Catalan leader clarify whether independence has been declared, saying that is needed before he can decide what steps to take. The Spanish leader announced that the central government has moved to take the first step towards suspending home rule in Catalonia […]

Watch Live: Catalan ‘Moment Of Truth’ Arrives – Puigdemont Addresses Parliament

La Vanguardia reports that a last-minute meeting delayed the beginning of the plenary session in which Puidemont could declare independence. Live Feed: *  *  * The moment of truth (perhaps) is here for Catalonia. The region’s president, Carles Puigdemont, faces immediate arrest if he goes too far down the path of independence, is due to address […]

Spain’s Rajoy Ready To Trigger “Nuclear Option” As Hundreds Of Thousands Protest Against Independence In Barcelona

One week after the historic Catalan Independence Referendum vote reopened Europe’s populist Pandora Box of nationalist secession movements, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to any declaration of independence from Spain, which according to Reuters showed “how divided the region is on […]

Catalan Independence: Deutsche Bank Explains How We Got Here & What Happens Next

In the past few days, many questions have arisen regarding the exact institutional mechanisms and next steps surrounding the Catalan events. In this note, Deutsche Bank's Marc de-Muizon provides a Q&A addressing these issues. Why is the referendum illegal? The Spanish Constitution states that Spain cannot be broken up. The Article 2 in the preliminary […]

Spanish Banks Hit Panic Button As Independence Odds Soar But ‘Stall’ Rumor Sparks Buying-Panic

Catalonia’s bid to separate from Spain had prompted investors to dump bonds issued by the region’s two biggest lenders, CaixaBank SA and Banco de Sabadell SA. Today, in a signal that the banks are taking thelikelihood of Catalonia independence very seriously, Sabadell has called a board meeting to approve a change of headquarters outside of […]

Spain In Crisis: Catalan Police Reject Madrid Takeover, Vow To “Resist”

Spain found itself on the verge of a full-blown sovereign crisis on Saturday, after the “rebel region” of Catalonia rejected giving more control to the central government in defiance of authorities in Madrid who are trying to suppress an independence referendum on Oct. 1. As tensions rise ahead of the planned Catalan referendum on October […]