Elections in Catalonia: Who is who, and who represents what in Barcelona and Madrid?

Kursnummer: 17917

When: 6 December 2017, from 9:30 to 12:30.
Where: Haus der Europäischen Union, Wipplingerstrasse 35, 1010 Wien
Seminar Language: English without translation.
Registration deadline: 4 December 2017

Cooperation project: fjum_forum journalismus und medien and the European Commission Representation in Austria.

Special seminar.



The referendum on independence held in Catalonia on 1 October 2017, in spite of the prohibition by the central government in Madrid, created the most serious political crisis in Spain, since country’s return to democracy, 40 years ago.

The conflict between the politicians in Madrid and Barcelona has long trespassed the borders of Spain: debates on Catalonia’s independence can be heard in the streets of many European cities, including Vienna. People argue in favour or against Catalonia’s independence as is if Catalan citizens were a monolithic political bloc, standing against the monolithic political forces from the rest of Spain. The reality is a more complicated in both political capitals, and fjum speakers will explore these political and social complexities.



Steven Forti, lecturer in contemporary history at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), author of several recently published books on Catalonia: El proceso separatista en Cataluña. Análisis de un pasado reciente (2006-2017); Ada Colau, la città in comune. Da occupante di case a sindaca di Barcellona; El peso de la nación. Nicola Bombacci, Paul Marion y Óscar Pérez Solís en la Europa de entreguerras.

Ramón Lobo, award-winning Spanish journalist. Contributes regularly with reportages and comments on national political developments to numerous print and broadcast media, such as El Periódico de Cataluña and Radio Cadena Ser ; Former El País war reporter for more than 20 years. Author of five fiction and non-fiction books.


Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and Austria-based media, foreign and national news desks.



Read the provided material before the session. The material will be distributed on 1 December 2017.

Maximum number of participants: 20


Registration deadline: 4 December 2017


Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomić, seminar manager, mirjana.tomic@fjum-wien.at, or call 0676 365 26 93

Mirjana Tomić develops and manages fjum_Kontext information sessions on current international affairs. Her international career encompasses journalism, media and political analyses, public outreach and university lecturing. She holds a BA degree in Political Science from Brandeis University, US, and an MA from El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico.

06.12.201709:30 - 12:30
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Ramón Lobo, Steven Forti
Haus der EU
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Wien