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Antoni Castellà: 'If independence wins on 27-S, we must make a deal with Podemos in Madrid'

Antoni Castellà: 'If independence wins on 27-S, we must make a deal with Podemos in Madrid'

In an interview with Vilaweb, the member of the steering committee of Unió Democràtica de Catalunya reveals the post-election strategy he would favour

One of the unknowns in the months before the 27 September parliamentary elections in Catalonia, which are being billed as a de facto plebiscite on Catalan independence from Spain, is the role that Unió Democràtica de Catalunya (UDC) will be playing. Unió is the ally of President Mas's own party, Convergència.

According to a study by the Professional Association of Economists of Catalonia (Col·legi d'Economistes), an independent Catalonia would obtain a much better grade from rating agencies than it currently gets, taking into account its diversified economy and higher GDP per capita than the European average. Specifically, it would obtain an A+ rating, 7 levels higher than Catalonia's current BB 'junk bond', using Standard&Poor's classification.

Pau Vidal: 'Bilingualism kills'

One of the latest to take up the issue is philologist Pau Vidal, who has just published the book El Bilinguisme Mata (bilingualism kills).

Pau Vidal: 'Bilingualism kills'

Interview with the philologist

The independence process in Catalonia has put on the table the debate regarding the official status of the Catalan language in a new state. The two main separatist parties, the ruling Convergència i Unió, and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, both favour Catalan and Castilian being co-official languages, arguing that this would attract newcomers to the separatist cause whose mother tongue is not Catalan. Experts, however, warn of the dangers of continuing with the imposed policy of bilingualism in an independent Catalonia.

Catalonia defends its retail opening hours law after Spanish Government's appeal

The Catalan Parliament has recently delivered a petition to the Constitutional Court to defend the Catalan law on opening hours, which is more restrictive than the Spanish one.

Faces of independence

Salvador Macip: 'The new state could contribute even more to the advancement of science'

Salvador Macip: 'The new state could contribute even more to the advancement of science'

'Faces of independence': Well-known figures from around the country explain why they want independence

Salvador Macip, doctor, researcher and writer, answers to the questions of the 'Faces of independence' series, in which well-known figures from around the country explain why they want independence and what an independent Catalonia might bring the world.

Harvard expert Adam Price: Catalonia 'would have done better' as an independent state

Adam Price, most noticeably known for his roles as a former Member of Westminster Parliament explains that it 'would be very difficult' to state that an independent Catalan state would not be economically prosperous.

Former Catalan President Jordi Pujol, his wife and 3 of their children testify before judge for fiscal fraud

After confessing that his family had kept some ?4 million in Andorra without informing tax authorities for 34 years Jordi Pujol, his wife and 3 of their 7 children testified before the Barcelona-based judge investigating the case.

How did Catalan left-wing parties react to Syriza's alliance with the right?

How did Catalan left-wing parties react to Syriza's alliance with the right?

Vilaweb spoke with Podemos ans EUiA about Greek PM Tsipras' coalition government

Syriza, the leftwing anti-austerity party which won the general elections in Greece on Sunday, has formed a government with Independent Greeks (also known as Anel), a rightwing political party which favours populist, anti-European policies.

Culture

BCNegra 2015 crime book festival welcomes bestsellers Sue Grafton, Anne Perry and Philip Kerr

The crime literary festival BCNegra 2015 celebrates its 10th anniversary.

BCNegra 2015 crime book festival welcomes bestsellers Sue Grafton, Anne Perry and Philip Kerr

Barcelona celebrates the crime literary festival from 29th January to 7th February

    Barcelona celebrates the crime literary festival BCNegra 2015 from 29th January to 7th February. Almost 70 published authors from all around the word will participate in this year's edition that will reward the Spanish writer Alicia Giménez Bartlett.

    FC Barcelona to tour the USA and Mexico in the summer

    Curiously enough, both trips across the Atlantic came after the blaugranes had claimed the Champions League title.

    FC Barcelona to tour the USA and Mexico in the summer

    The blaugranes will be returning to American soil for the fourth time in the last ten years

    FC Barcelona will go on a tour of the United States of America and Mexico in the summer four years after their last pre-season tour of the continent. Despite dates not yet being confirmed, the Catalan club has made official the news that the blaugranes will be returning to American soil for the fourth time in the last ten years. Previously, the blaugranes visited the US in 2003 with stops in Boston, Washington, Philadelphia and in 2006 they visited the US and Mexico.

    Empúries ancient Greek ruins on the Costa Brava to be upgraded

    Empúries ancient Greek ruins on the Costa Brava to be upgraded

    It will be developed to improve access for visitors

    A site known as the home of the best ancient Greek ruins outside of Greece is to be developed to improve access for visitors. The ruins were originally built in 575BC and work to develop the site has been ongoing for more than 20 years.

    Catalonia approves special status for Occitan Val d'Aran, including its right to self-determination

    The Catalan Parliament approved on Wednesday the Law on the Val d'Aran's special status within Catalonia, recognising its "Occitan national reality" and its right to self-determination.

    Altafaj: 'The European leaders are taking the process in Catalonia very seriously'

    The Catalan Government representative before the European Union, Amadeu Altafaj, has commented that the European leaders are taking the process of Catalonia, which is already on the international agenda, very seriously.

    Spanish authorities ban Catalan tax on overall bank deposits

    Spanish authorities ban Catalan tax on overall bank deposits

    Such a decision represents the automatic suspension of the issue 

    The Constitutional Court has accepted to debate the Spanish Government's last appeal against the Catalan Executive's tax on bank deposits, which has to be paid by financial entities depending on the amount of their overall deposits.

    'Cas 4-F': A documentary raises important questions on police action

    The documentary says that the 'Cas 4-F' is one of the most serious scandals of police negligence

    'Cas 4-F': A documentary raises important questions on police action

    'Ciutat Morta' (literally, 'Dead City') was broadcast on Saturday on Catalan public television and tells the story of events that took place in 2006.  The case had a tragic ending, Patricia Heras committed suicide because she could not stand being condemned for things she had not done.

    The broadcasting of the documentary 'Ciutat Morta' on Saturday once more raised the case of the 'Cas 4-F' and produced widespread discussion on the police action, while raising many questions on events which took place in 2006.

    Mas-Colell will contract 170 professionals for the Catalonia Tax Agency

    Mas-Colell will contract 170 professionals for the Catalonia Tax Agency

    The budget for Economy and Growth is growing by 5.2%

    Left-wing pro-independence ERC paves the way for Catalan Government's 2015 budget

    This week, each Minister is presenting the budget of their departments for the current year to the Catalan Parliament, as part of the regular approval process.

    Left-wing pro-independence ERC paves the way for Catalan Government's 2015 budget

    ERC MPs started to withdraw their full amendments to the different sections of the Catalan Government's budget for 2015

    Following the agreement reached last week between the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, and the President of the left-wing pro-independence party ERC, Oriol Junqueras, on calling early elections, the Catalan Executive's budget for 2015 is now closer to definitive approval.

    Catalans have referendum on independence via early elections

    Catalans have referendum on independence via early elections

    The early elections will be held on 27th of September

    Catalonia seen from the outside

    Catalonia seen from the outside

    Catalonia is still in the headlines. It is one of the top media stories all around the world. We offer you an updated list of the news stories that focus on the Catalan independence political process

    Catalan riders Marc Coma and Laia Sanz make history at Dakar 2015

    Catalonia had a large representation in this edition, with racers in all four categories, especially in motorbikes

    Catalan riders Marc Coma and Laia Sanz make history at Dakar 2015

    Sanz finished the race in ninth position, the best place for a woman of all time

    Two Catalans, Marc Coma and Laia Sanz, made history this weekend at the end of the Dakar Rally 2015. Motorbike rider Marc Coma won his fifth Dakar, equalling the five titles of French drivers Cyril Neveu and Cyril Despres. Coma is now the second driver with the most triumphs in the category, just one victory less than Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel. The 29 year-old Catalan rider, Laia Sanz, finished the race in ninth position, the best place for a woman of all time.

    New ferry connects Barcelona and Savona

    New ferry connects Barcelona and Savona

    The brand new 'Florencia' is 186m long and can carry 1,000 passengers and 170 cars

      Catalans support victims of Jihadist attack against 'Charlie Hebdo'

      Catalans support victims of Jihadist attack against 'Charlie Hebdo'

      Spontaneous demonstrations were organised in front of the French Consulate in Barcelona

      On Wednesday evening, spontaneous demonstrations were organised in front of the French Consulate in Barcelona and in other places across Catalonia in solidarity with the victims and in condemnation of the Jihadist slaughter in Paris.

      Crisis at FC Barcelona: elections at the end of the season

      Crisis at FC Barcelona: elections at the end of the season

      The president of FC Barcelona has announced that there will be elections at the end of the season

      Has announced in a press conference called to talk about the dismissal of Andoni Zubizarreta the day before yesterday. He called for decency from the candidates and announced that he would be standing. 

      Amadeu Altafaj to represent Catalan Government in the European Union

      Amadeu Altafaj to represent Catalan Government in the European Union

      It will increase the political weight of the Catalan Government Delegation

      Registered unemployment drops by 8% in Catalonia during 2014

      Registered unemployment drops by 8% in Catalonia during 2014

      There are 48,924 fewer jobseekers than were on the register at the end of 2013

      16.7 million foreign tourists visited Catalonia in 2014, a new high and an increase of 7.2%

      Despite a decrease in Russian visitors, Catalonia increased the number of international tourists it hosted during 2014. Some 16.7 million foreigners travelled to Catalonia last year, which sets a new historic record.

      An inclusive space for participation and creation

      An inclusive space for participation and creation

      Article by Àngel Castiñeira - Chair in Leadership and Democratic Governance, ESADE-URL

      Barcelona has made a commitment to an educational role stemming from its interest in the progress of its people. This interest is borne out in its ways of conceiving urbanism and infrastructure.

      Long queues at the TSJC to accuse themselves for 9-N

      Long queues at the TSJC to accuse themselves for 9-N

      The ANC began a campaign of self-incrimination in solidarity with Mas, Ortega and Rigau

        The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) has started a campaign of mass self-incrimination, in solidarity with the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas; the vice-president, Joan Ortega; and the minister Irene Rigau.

        'Uncertain Glory'

        '"Incerta glòria" (Uncertain Glory) is the great novel about the Civil War'

        We offer you the video of the presentation of the book by Joan Sales at the British Library

        Last week, 'Incerta glòria', the book by Joan Sales on the war of 1936, was presented at the British Library in London. Translator, editor and writer, Joan Sales wrote the book now considered one of the best works of Catalan narrative of the 20th century, based on his own experience as a Republican soldier. 

        Paul Preston: 'There is rejection of Madrid's such antidemocratic behaviour'

        Paul Preston: 'There is rejection of Madrid's such antidemocratic behaviour'

        Interview with the signee of the 'Let Catalans vote' manifesto

        Paul Preston (1946) is one of the great British Hispanists. With a doctorate in history from Oxford University he has written canonical books on 20th century Spain: from a biography of Franco to a history of the war of 1936, passing through a study on the post-war repression ('The Spanish Holocaust').