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Representatives of the four Left-Wing parties presenting the request on March 6th at the Catalan Parliament's register desk

05 April 2012 11:45 PM

The Catalan Council for Constitutional Guarantees states that the Spanish Labour Reform is unconstitutional

This advisory body dependent on the Catalan Government affirms that two aspects of the Labour Reform Law, recently approved by the Spanish Government, go against the Spanish Constitution. Furthermore, the report also highlights three elements that...
The Catalan Transport Minister on Wednesday in Olot (by L. Casademont)

05 April 2012 12:19 AM

All parties in Catalonia, except the PP, are against the Spanish Government’s Budget for 2012

CiU stated that it will be “absurd” that they support the current budget proposal in the Spanish Parliament although they are open to negotiate and modify it. Furthermore, CiU “does not rule out the possibility of taking the Spanish...
Works at the future Sagrera's train station in Barcelona (by O. Campuzano)

03 April 2012 10:08 PM

The Spanish Budget for 2012 violates approved laws regarding investment in Catalonia

The Spanish Government will not respect the territorial funding scheme, approved by the Spanish Parliament and in a referendum, as it will only invest 11% of its regional spending in Catalonia. According to the current legislation, in order to...
A family photo of the participants at the Liberals' international meeting (by P. Mateos)

30 March 2012 10:34 PM

European Liberals in Barcelona seek a “real Marshall Plan” for North African countries

The European Liberals in the European Parliament have organised an international summit in Barcelona to discuss the Arab Spring within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean, which has its headquarters in the Catalan capital. At the...
The main demonstration in Barcelona's city centre (by M. Fernández Noguera)

30 March 2012 04:38 PM

General Strike: irregular support, massive demonstrations, isolated violence and no changes in the Labour Reform Law

The General Strike on March 29th ended without significant changes in the Spanish Government’s Labour Reform, but with a clear acknowledgement that there is growing social anger. The strike was unevenly supported in Catalonia. Unions talked...
Luís de Guindos, recently in Brussels (by A. Màlaga Homs)

28 March 2012 01:36 AM

The Catalan Government supports creating ‘hispanobonds’, Autonomy bonds with a Spanish Government guarantee

The Spanish Minister for the Economy, Luís de Guindos, announced in Barcelona the future creation of the so-called ‘hispanobonds’, common bonds issued by the Autonomous Communities and backed by the Spanish Treasury. The objective is to...
The new party Chairman, Artur Mas (right), and the new Secretary General, Oriol Pujol (centre) (by R. Segura)

27 March 2012 12:35 AM

The main Catalan nationalist party points towards Catalonia’s independence

‘Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya’ (CDC), the Liberal force within the two-party Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition ‘Convergència i Unió’ (CiU), held its party congress over the weekend. For the first time in its history,...
One-year bonds wil have a 4.5% interest rate and two-year bonds, a 5% (by ACN)

22 March 2012 11:54 PM

The Catalan Government to issue €2 billion in one and two year retail bonds

The Catalan Government has been issuing retail bonds over the last two years as a regular way of financing its liquidity. All the previous issues have been a success, with high demand. Between April 2nd and April 24th Catalan citizens will be able...
The Catalan President, Artur Mas (left), with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz (right) (by J. Bedmar)

21 March 2012 11:58 PM

Schulz tells Mas he will “work hard” to permit the use of Catalan at the European Parliament

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, met with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, in Brussels. Mas told the press that Schulz had stated he would “work hard” to enable the use of Catalan at plenary sessions....
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