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Catalan President Artur Mas and PP leader Alícia Sánchez-Camacho (by ACN)

09 July 2011 12:57 PM

The Catalan Government and the People’s Party reach an agreement on the 2011 budget

The deal introduces new restrictions on public spending while protecting health, education and social services. The conservatives have asked the Government to change its foreign policy strategy and make it more commercially oriented.
The Spanish Minister for Public Works, José Blanco at Girona (by T. Tàpia)

07 July 2011 10:57 PM

The Mediterranean Railway Corridor for freight and High-Speed passenger trains is “an undeniable priority” states Spanish Minister for Public Works

The Spanish Minister for Public Works, Jose Blanco, attended the end of the drilling works of the High-Speed Train tunnel that will cross Girona, part of the line that will connect with the French border. The Mediterranean Railway Corridor is a...
Andrés Fuentes, OECD's Senior Economist for Spain, in an organisation's exhibition in Paris (by A. Segura)

05 July 2011 12:32 AM

The OECD considers the Catalan Government’s public debt to be “relatively small [...] compared to its spending responsibilities”

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Senior Economist for Spain thinks that the Catalan Government’s budget cuts are going “in the right direction”. He also denied that the Autonomous Communities’ deficit puts...
Xavier Trias del¡vering his first speech as Mayor in Barcelona's Saló de Cent room, from the Middle Ages (by O. Campuzano)

02 July 2011 07:01 PM

Trias, from the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition CiU, becomes Mayor of Barcelona, ending 32 years of Socialist leadership

A similar change happened in Girona Town Hall, where Carles Puigdemont, also from CiU, also became the first non-Socialist Mayor in the last 32 years, since the restoration of democracy. Barcelona and Girona Town Halls were constituted later than...
In a hypothetical referendum, 42.9% of Catalans would back the independence while 28.2% would oppose according to a poll (ACN)

30 June 2011 01:29 PM

42.9% of Catalans would vote for independence and 28.2% against it according to the first official poll on the issue

However, if the question is open to other options, 33% would prefer a Catalan State within a Federal Spain, 31.8% the current situation as an Autonomous Community and 25.5% want Catalonia to be an independent nation. The poll results also show...
PM Zapatero this morning before the Spanish Parliament (by La Moncloa)

28 June 2011 11:15 PM

The Catalan Government rejects PM Zapatero’s proposal to impose an expenditure limit for the Autonomous Communities

PM Zapatero today proposed an expenditure limit for the Autonomous Communities before the Spanish Parliament . The Spokesperson for the Catalan Executive considers it an attack to self-governance and fiscal autonomy. In addition, he stressed that...
Bank of Spain's Governor Migue Angel Fernández Ordóñez entering into the Spanish Parliament on Tuesday (by Reuters)

22 June 2011 01:30 PM

The IMF considers that Spain’s greatest financial risk is certain Autonomous Communities not meeting the deficit objective

The International Monetary Fund wants the Spanish Government to “strengthen” the labour market reform, not give up on spending cuts and restructure the financial system. The same day, the Bank of Spain's Governor, Miguel Angel Fernández...
Catalonia has 34,323 million euros of public debt (by ACN)

18 June 2011 02:14 PM

The Spanish Government has 76% of Spain’s total public debt, while the Autonomous Community share is “only” 17%

The Autonomous Community public debt has increased 26% in the last 12 months and represents now the historic maximum of 11.4% of Spain’s GDP. Spain’s total public debt reached 63.6% of its GDP and totals 679.8 billion euros. The Catalan...
The Catalan Police's station where the detained protesters were taken to (by P. Cortina)

17 June 2011 12:48 AM

The office of public prosecution to investigate violent acts against Catalan MPs

The Catalan Parliament will also file a formal complaint regarding the violent protests that took place last Wednesday in Barcelona. Protesters tried to besiege the Parliament and impede the entrance of MPs, some of whom were insulted, threatened,...
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