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A caption from last September's 1.5 million strong demonstration in Barcelona supporting Catalonia's independence (by ACN)

21 February 2013 11:41 PM

54.7% of Catalans would support independence from Spain in a referendum according to a poll

The latest political poll issued by the Catalan Survey Centre (CEO), published every three months, shows that 54.7% of those interviewed would vote “yes” in an independence referendum, while 20.7% would vote “no” and 17.0% would abstain....
Andreu Mas-Colell recently addressing the Catalan Parliament (by ACN)

21 February 2013 10:36 PM

The Catalan Government posts a 2% deficit for 2012, correcting the previous preliminary figure

A month ago, the Catalan Government issued a preliminary deficit figure for last year of 2.3%. Now, the Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, has corrected this and issued “a more precise figure, although not definitive yet”, which...
Pere Navarro (left) talking to Miquel Valls, President of Barcelona's Chamber of Commerce, before his speech (by R. Garrido)

20 February 2013 10:03 PM

The Secretary General of the Catalan Socialist Party asks the King of Spain to abdicate

Pere Navarro, the Secretary General of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC), has publicly asked Juan Carlos “to resign” and ensure “a quiet replacement” in favour of the Crown Prince Felipe. According to Navarro, “a dedicated Republican”,...
El Alto International Airport, near La Paz, is managed by Sabsa (by G. Brito / Reuters)

18 February 2013 10:47 PM

Barcelona-based Abertis believes Bolivia will pay “adequate compensation” after nationalising Sabsa

The Catalan company Abertis, which owns 90% of Sabsa, denies the accusation stated by the President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, that they made a poor investment. Abertis emphasised that between 2005 and 2012, Sabsa invested $12.6 million, and paid...
Cristóbal Montoro announcing the Spanish Government new law on municipalities (by Moncloa)

15 February 2013 11:13 PM

Catalonia defends its exclusive power to manage local councils and notes that 90% of Catalan councillors do not earn a salary

The Catalan Government and most of the political parties have criticised the Spanish Government’s project to reduce local powers. Furthermore, the Catalan Vice-President, Joana Ortega, emphasised the “unfair vision” of local governments...
A protest carried out by public employee unions last December (by J. R. Torné)

13 February 2013 10:44 PM

The Catalan Government plans to save €700 million by reducing civil servants’ salaries and not replacing vacancies

The Catalan Executive has provided details of how it will adjust €4 billion of its 2013 budget in order to meet the deficit target imposed by the Spanish Government. Besides the 1 billion tax increase already announced, the Catalan Executive...
The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister (left) next to the Minister for Agriculture and Environment (right) (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

08 February 2013 11:34 PM

The Spanish Government is considering taking the Catalan declaration of sovereignty to the Constitutional Court

Following a report by its own legal services, the Spanish Government is considering appealing against the ‘Declaration of sovereignty and the right to self-determination by the people of Catalonia’, approved by the Catalan Parliament two weeks...
The attendees to the meeting to strengthen the fight against corruption and fraud (by O. Campuzano)

06 February 2013 10:41 PM

High-level meeting in Catalonia to improve the fight against corruption after the latest scandals

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, organised a summit with top representatives from all the public powers involved in the fight against corruption and fraud to exchange ideas and come up with a set of measures. Political parties...
Josep Piqué, at the Cercle d'Economia press conference (by J. Molina)

05 February 2013 10:52 PM

Catalan economists want the Spanish Government “to talk without prejudgements” on Catalonia’s self-determination

The Cercle d’Economia, the main Catalan economic forum open to businesspeople and academics, has published an opinion note on the political context following the last Catalan elections. In the note, the Cercle asks the Spanish Government “to...
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