Politics

Catalan Government accuses Montoro of using the Tax Agency in 'a partisan way'

Catalan Government accuses Montoro of using the Tax Agency in 'a partisan way'

Spanish minister intentionally mixes Pujol's fraud with Catalonia's self-determination process

The Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro, did not hesitate to link the fiscal fraud confessed by the former Catalan President, Jordi Pujol, to the rest of the politicians supporting Catalonia's independence. 

Holier than the Pope

Holier than the Pope

The Spanish government systematically and repeatedly disobeys the sentences of the Constitutional Court that politically disfavour it

Catalonia: the conflict is democratic, not nationalistic

Catalonia: the conflict is democratic, not nationalistic

Identity-related component is by no means the most important aspect today

Politics

The Spanish government systematically breaches Constitutional Court sentences on Catalonia

Will the 9-N consultation will go ahead whatever the Spanish Constitutional Court should decide? The question  is what the Catalan executive will decide if the law of consultation is suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court

Latin America left-wing parties support Catalonia's self-determination vote scheduled in November

Latin America left-wing parties support Catalonia's self-determination vote scheduled in November

The Encuentro del Foro de São Paulo gathered together the parties 

The final declaration of the 2014 São Paulo Forum, which brings together around 100 left-wing parties from Central and South America, has demonstrated explicit support for Catalonia's self-determination vote.

Debates about Catalonia will be held in Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam

Debates about Catalonia will be held in Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam

Interest on Scotland and Catalonia rises as the dates of the independence referenda approach

Money

CaixaBank buys Barclays' Spanish unit

CaixaBank buys Barclays' Spanish unit

The purchase includes 550,000 new customers, a network of 270 branches and nearly 2,400 employees,

Catalonia's largest financial group, Caixabank, has come to an agreement with Barclays Bank PLC to buy the Spanish section of its banking business, Barclays Bank SAU, for ?800 million.

The purchase includes 550,000 new customers, a network of 270 branches and nearly 2,400 employees, which strengthens CaixaBank's leadership within the Spanish market.

Sports

Villarreal v FC Barcelona 0-1: Sandro gives Barça the points at El Madrigal

Villarreal v FC Barcelona 0-1: Sandro gives Barça the points at El Madrigal

A late goal from B team youngster Sandro gave Barça the three points

A late goal from B team youngster Sandro gave Barça the three points at El Madrigal in a hard fought game that Luis Enrique’s side dominated, though they found it tough going at times against a determined Villarreal defence. Sandro ensured Barça go into the international break with two Spanish League wins out of two, leading the domestic championship.

Metro tunnels of Barcelona host a 10k underground race at early morning

Metro tunnels of Barcelona host a 10k underground race at early morning

Is the only urban underground race in the world

On the night between the 28th and the 29th of August, the metro tunnels of Barcelona became the track for the second edition of Discovery Underground, the only urban underground race in the world going through the centre of big cities. From the more than 15,000 candidates, 300 people ran the 10km tunnel that links Universitat to Gorg metro stations, on the Line 2. This was the double of candidates comparing to the first edition.

Culture

Peret, the 'father' of Catalan rumba, dies from cancer aged 79

Peret, the 'father' of Catalan rumba, dies from cancer aged 79

A few weeks ago, Peret announced he was undergoing treatment against lung cancer

Pere Pubill i Calaf, better known as Peret, died at noon on Wednesday in a Barcelonan hospital, aged 79. The singer, guitar player and composer Peret was the most veteran artist of the so-called Catalan rumba, a fusion music style mixing Afro-Cuban mambo with flamenco and rock and roll. He was also considered to be the 'father' of this genre of music and was also known as the 'King of Catalan rumba'.

Gràcia celebrates its festivities

Gràcia celebrates its festivities

A wide range of popular-culture events take place at the district of the city of Barcelona

Life

'Catalonia, as never seen before, in five videos'

The Catalan Tourist Board initiative, highlighted at the Nouvel Observateur

The initiative of the Catalan Tourist Board aims to spread the turisticvalues of Catalonia through five videos made by inviting YouTube video artists. After a month, the videos have thousands of views and have been reported, for example, in one of the leading newspapers in France, the Nouvel Observateur. The newspaper has featured in a story entitled 'Catalonia, as never seen before in five videos'. The paper explains the technical details used in each video. All of them are spectacular.

Tortosa recreates the Renaissance with its annual international festival

Tortosa recreates the Renaissance with its annual international festival

A street festival picturing life in Tortosa in the 16th century

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Opinions

Three branches that cannot be severed

Three branches that cannot be severed

The Pine Tree is country, it's politics, but it is also nature, and childhood memories. It's a sort of magical space.

What do they want, violence?

What do they want, violence?

Even when they attack with all their might. Respond with a smile. And go vote on Sunday. En masse.

Presidential threats

Presidential threats

It is unacceptable for the state we currently live in to investigate its own citizens for political reasons

For Scotland, Europe and the world

For Scotland, Europe and the world

Scotland's 'Yes' vote would serve as an incentive to understanding that the utmost in freedom can be achieved without wars and violence

'Ara és l'hora' ('Now is the time')

'Ara és l'hora' ('Now is the time')

'Catalan society is on the final straight on its way to decide the future of its new state'

Archive: Politics

Castro: "The best way to get American recognition is for Catalans to show they are determined to be independent"

Interview in Brussels

PP Secretary General rejects a constitutional reform to solve "territorial problems"

PP Secretary General rejects a constitutional reform to solve "territorial problems"

"We must not reinvent our country every time that there are new winds of crisis"

Mas says ERC could join the government “in the fall”

Mas says ERC could join the government “in the fall”

ERC leader says he's ready to join a coalition, as long as goals are clearly established

Last hours of a cloudy reign

Last hours of a cloudy reign

Today the abdication of Juan Carlos of Bourbon will become official with a ceremony and the passage of a "fundamental law"

Archive: Culture/Life

Catalan museums received 21.5 million visitors in 2013

Catalan museums received 21.5 million visitors in 2013

The Sagrada Família, Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum, and FC Barcelona museum topped the rankings

Trapezi International Circus Festival fills streets of Reus after event facelift

Trapezi International Circus Festival fills streets of Reus after event facelift

The event in Reus attracted more than 100,000 visitors and 72 professionals

Barcelona's city government issues challenge to innovators

Barcelona's city government issues challenge to innovators

Winning companies will have their projects funded, implemented and supported

Catalan music on show in Liverpool's Sound City Festival

Catalan music on show in Liverpool's Sound City Festival

The city hosts more than 360 bands in 25 different venues, as well as improvised open-air movie theatres