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Catalan president Artur Mas (by ACN)

18 July 2011 09:23 PM

Catalonia is committed to take a firm stance against the deficit despite all the backlashes, Artur Mas tells the Wall Street Journal

Characterised as one of the most powerful men in combating the Spanish financial crisis, Catalan President Artur Mas presents his forceful economic strategy to the US newspaper
Moritz beers sent to Brussels, with a special label for the occasion (by ACN)

14 July 2011 12:55 AM

One of the European Parliament Vice Presidents considers Catalonia a model for linguistic minority rights

László T?kés, from the Hungarian minority in Romania and member of the European People’s Party, supports the “linguistic rights” of minorities in front of a European Union “sometimes too ignorant”. “I don’t like integration being...
Mahmoud Abbas, in June 2011 (by Reuters / Mohamad Torokman)

13 July 2011 11:53 PM

Mahmoud Abbas to visit the Union for the Mediterranean Headquarters in Barcelona

The President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, supports the Union for the Mediterranean initiative. The UfM decided to build its first project in Gaza: a desalinisation water plant and distribution system. Abbas will meet with...
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...
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