Catalonia will hold independence vote, Mas maintains

Catalonia will hold independence vote, Mas maintains

President says meeting with prime minister Mariano Rajoy was 'quite positive'

President Mas held firm in a meeting with Spain's prime minister on Wednesday, saying he will push ahead with an independence referendum in November despite the central government's vows to stop it from happening. After a 2 1/2 hour meeting with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Catalonia President Artur Mas said the referendum issue remains deadlocked. However, he said there was a willingness on both sides to keep communication channels open. In the absence of any alternative proposal from Rajoy, Mas said he would continue to push for the central government to allow the referendum to be held legally. 'We want to do it within a legal framework, like the British vote', he said.

Politics

Jordi Pujol resigns all privileges after fiscal fraud confession

Jordi Pujol resigns all privileges after fiscal fraud confession

Former president agreed with the current president of the catalan government, Artur Mas, that he renounces to all his honorary positions, his office, his car and his lifelong salay

Jordi Pujol resigned to all his privileges as a former president of the catalan government and he also renounces to all his honorary positions as a founder of CDC party and CiU coalition. He took that decisions after his fiscal fraud confession.

Jordi Pujol reveals family kept money abroad

'The resistence is life for Kurdish people'

Interview with Saleh M. Mohamed, leader of the Kurds in Syria

Saleh M. Mohamed is the main leader of Kurdish people in Syria. He directs the Democratic Union Party and he was one of the coordinators of the democratic forces in Syria. Mohamed is a chemistry graduate in Istambul and he was born in the region of Aleppo, in Syria, but he is Kurd. When he speaks he tries not to forget his identity and he always remembers that there are four Kurdish areas: Turkey, Iran, Irak and Syria, 'and we are all brothers'. 

Money

BASF postpones its Tarragona intermodal station to 2017 due to Madrid's delay building the Mediterranean Corridor

German chemical multinational BASF does not expect to launch its intermodal merchant station in Tarragona's petro-chemical compound until early 2017, two years after it initially forecast. 

Foreign tourists spent 6 billion in Catalonia during the first half of 2014

Foreign tourists spent 6 billion in Catalonia during the first half of 2014

Represents a 4% increase on the same period of 2013

International tourists spent 5.986 billion in Catalonia during the first six months of the year. This represents a 3.9% increase on the same period of 2013. Furthermore, it is also 22.7% of the total foreign tourist expenditure in Spain for this period.

Barcelona Olympic facilities to host a 66.000 m2 sports theme park in 2015

Barcelona Olympic facilities to host a 66.000 m2 sports theme park in 2015

It expects an annual economic impact for Barcelona of 52.8 million euros.

Exports from the Port of Barcelona increase by 63% from pre-crisis levels registered in 2008

Catalonia expects its economy to grow 1.4% this year

Costa Brava Girona Music Festival, a single brand for 65 music events

Unemployment down by 22,090 people in one month, as June records the largest annual fall in 16 years

Tourism in Catalonia up by 2.3% in May

Barcelona El Prat Airport is about to overtake Madrid Barajas in passenger figures

Chinese company Hutchison invests an extra 150 million euros in Barcelona Port terminal extension

Barcelona's El Prat Airport to be connected by metro by early 2016

Catalonia registered its lowest unemployment levels since August 2011, with an 8% decrease over last year

Catalonia received 52% of the total industrial foreign investment in Spain

Who is Peter Lim?

Nissan to invest 110 million euros and hire 1,000 workers in Barcelona to build new Pulsar model

Nissan starts building its new electric van in Barcelona to be sold worldwide

Barcelona's city government issues challenge to innovators

Registered unemployment in Catalonia dropped by 7% in April compared to the previous year

Microsoft co-founder invests in Catalan electronic voting multinational

Israeli airline Arkia to link Tel Aviv with Lleida-Alguaire, near the Catalan Pyrenees

Edward Hugh: "We can't wait until we're on our death bed to change the labor market"

Alimentaria trade fair congregates 140,000 visitors and 3,800 agri-food companies in Barcelona

Japanese company Olympus unveils new headquarters for Southern Europe in Barcelona

Barcelona fashion company Desigual increased profit by 70% in 2013

Catalonia's labor costs drop by 0.4% in 2013 while they increase by 2.1% in Spain

Second best year for foreign investment in Catalonia, up over 30% in 2013

Joan Amorós: 'Most businessmen agree on the referendum process'

Life

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

From Thursday to Sunday more than 200,000 people visited Tortosa, located in the Ebro Delta area in southern Catalonia,  which took a trip back in time to the splendor of the sixteenth century. The nineteenth edition of the Renaissance Festival ended with a positive assessment by the City Council. The Mayor of Tortosa, Ferran Bel, highlighted the consolidation of the event.

Culture

Mary Ann Newman, revealed (part 2 of 2)

Mary Ann Newman, revealed (part 2 of 2)

Ambassador for Catalan culture in New York City

A place is its people. In the case of Mary Ann Newman, this phrase's meaning is even more acute, because she is linked to the presence of Catalan culture in New York City. 

London shows the nature photography work by Catalan and Hasselblad Award-winner, Fontcuberta

Barcelona-born artist, professor and photographer Joan Fontcuberta presents his first major exhibition in the UK, 'Stranger than Fiction', which was launched on Wednesday at London's Science Museum's Media Space.

Sports

Kilian Jornet explains how he climbed and descended Mount McKinley in less than 12 hours

The Catalan mountaineer sliced five hours off the previous record set by Ed Warren

Kilian Jornet smashed the ascent/descent record for Mount McKinley (or Denali) in Alasky, North America's highest peak at 20,322 feet (6,194 meters) with a time of 11 hours, 48 minutes, five hours less than the previous record, set last year by Ed Warren. Today, the blog for his project, Summits of My Life, explains the details of the climb, including delcarations from Jornet himself. 

Pol Espargaró: "In motorbike racing, you may not win but you cannot stop fighting"

Pol Espargaró: "In motorbike racing, you may not win but you cannot stop fighting"

Espargó is disputing the World Championship this weekend in Montmeló

Pol Espargaró is a top-level Catalan motorbike rider who, for the first time this year, is disputing the World Championship after winning the Moto2 championship last season. 

Agreement for Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic to join FC Barcelona

Agreement for Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic to join FC Barcelona

Rakitic had 59 official appearances and scored 15 goals with Sevilla FC

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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.

"What is this, Minister?"

"What is this, Minister?"

As soon as they heard I was to be the speaker, the Spain's Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a little call to the Israeli Ambassador in Spain.

We the radicals

We the radicals

What country has had to pay secretly, voluntarily to teach its own language?

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