Tag Archive | Constitution

Spain prepares to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy amid independence disagreement

Spain prepares to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy amid independence disagreement

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont has missed the deadline to offer a final answer on whether the region is declaring independence. Now, Spain is deciding whether it will enact a rule that would allow it to directly control the currently autonomous Catalonia. Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister of Spain, gave Puigdemont until 10 a.m. local time […]

Catalonia referendum: How Barcelona and Madrid viewed the vote

Catalonia referendum: How Barcelona and Madrid viewed the vote

As the Catalan independence referendum was held on Sunday, the mood in Spain’s two biggest cities could not have been more different. In Barcelona, people turned out defiantly to vote in a referendum deemed illegal by the constitutional court and by the central government in the capital, Madrid. As Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy spoke to […]

Maduro wants to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. That’s rocket fuel on the fire.

Maduro wants to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. That’s rocket fuel on the fire.

When your house is burning and smack in the path of a Category 5 hurricane, it’s probably not the best time to tear down the frame and jackhammer the foundation.

Poland gets official warning from EU

Poland gets official warning from EU

The EU executive has given Poland an official warning that changes to its constitutional court endanger the rule of law, in an unprecedented decision that could lead to sanctions against the country. Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the European commission, said he had written to the Polish government warning that recent alterations to the workings […]

Syria holds election as peace talks resume

Syria holds election as peace talks resume

Syrians voted in a parliamentary election in government-held areas of the country on Wednesday in what they called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad, while his opponents and Western powers denounced the poll as illegitimate. The election went ahead independently of a UN-led peace process aimed at ending the five-year-long war. A second […]

Libya govt meeting soon to back power-sharing plan

Libya govt meeting soon to back power-sharing plan

Libya’s internationally recognized parliament will meet “in the coming weeks” to give its backing to a UN-backed unity government aimed at ending chaos in the country, its speaker said Sunday. An agreement for a power-sharing unity government was inked in December by lawmakers from Libya’s rival parliaments but neither administration has so far formally backed […]

Iraq’s new government: Not exactly a breakthrough

Iraq’s new government: Not exactly a breakthrough

On March 31, members of Iraq’s parliament gathered in the assembly building at the fortified Green Zone for an urgent matter. They were tasked with endorsing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s list of new ministers he was scheduled to present in keeping with a deadline set by the legislature earlier in the week. The mood was […]