Laporta wants to return to the helm in order to reinstate the club's previous Catalan nationalist spirit
FC Barcelona's 18 July elections are shaping up as a battle between Joan Laporta and Josep Maria Bartomeu
FC Barcelona's elections, planned for next 18 July, are an open battle between two of its former presidents: Josep Maria Bartomeu, and Joan Laporta, but Agustí Benedito may also end up a close contender. Aside from the other four pre-candidates, some of whom will probably not obtain the necessary signatures to vie for the role of president, polls point to a neck-to-neck race between Laporta and Bartomeu. Each represents two very different notions of how the club should evolve over the next four years. In Bartomeu's favour are Barcelona's three titles this past season, as well as an ambitious pet project known as Barça Space.
Tie between the CiU and ERC
Details of this year's pro-independence rally
?Armengol will form a leftist coalition government
The socialist Francina Armengol has been sworn in as president of the Balearic Island government after securing the votes of the Socialist Party of the Balearic Islands, Més, Podemos, and Gent per Formentera. The three representatives from Proposta per les Illes abstained from the vote, and the twenty-two from Partido Popular voted against her.
Harley Days, which opens today and runs until Sunday, will bring to the city 20,000 motorcycles from all over the world
The Catalan government accuses Spain of stifling self-rule in Catalonia
The Catalan government today issued a report titled 'Chronicle of a premeditated offense: consequences for the people of Catalonia' (pdf, in Catalan). In this document, the Catalan administration accuses Spain of stifling, limiting and scaling back self-rule in Catalonia, with serious consequences for the welfare of citizens.
The group will ask its members if it should partner with other political groups and entities to compile a unified electoral list
Interview with Francesc Homs, Minister of the Presidency
President Mas' right-hand man in all affairs related to the independence process, the Minister of the Presidency, Francesc Homs, explains why it was necessary to ask for unity among all the pro-independence institutions in the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia on 27-S. Homs also warns of the risk of the elections no longer being considered a plebiscite if ERC and the CUP allow themselves to be influenced by Podemos.
VilaWeb interviews a candidate running to represent CUP
Antonio Baños (1967) is a journalist and writer. In a few weeks' time, he will know whether CUP party members have chosen him to be among its candidates in the 27-S parliamentary elections in Catalonia.
The manager of Bayern Munich will be introducing the German public to the figure of Miquel Martí i Pol
Thus formalising the political change in the region after twenty years of the same ruling party, Partit Popular
The Valencia Country has sworn in the Socialist Ximo Puig as President of the government. It is the formalization of the most important political change of the last twenty years in this territory. During this time a single party Partit Popular (PP) ruled continuously. Executives have been affected by cases of corruption and responsible for repeated attacks on education and culture.
New ministers will be replacing the ministers from Unió who have resigned
The draft resolution was presented by Danish member Jacob Lund
'I can be there, but place me where you consider it the most appropriate'
The Catalan President Artur Mas has already said how he would like to be present at the elections on September 27th. He would like to build a list of candidates that is unified and which goes beyond the parties.
CDC explains that Unió do not want to go to President Mas's candidature
Convergència confirms the federation's break with Unió, the partners in President Mas's government.
The Members of Parliament of Unió leave the government
Is one of the first decisions that the new Mayoress in office has taken
The event looks to provide a complete 360 degree occasion, connecting music, creativity and technology
The Chemical Brothers and Duran Duran, highlights of the music programme
The 22nd edition of Barcelona's Sónar festival is taking place between the 18th and 20th of June. This year, Sónar's activities are divided into two main locations: Sónar by Day and Sónar+D, the professional event on digital creative industries, will be held in Fira de Barcelona's Montjuic venue. Sónar by Night is taking place at the Fira de GranVia L'Hospitalet venue.
Music, technology, research, art and business converge
It was the central event of the celebration of the newspaper VilaWeb's 20 years
'We have a unique opportunity and it depends on us', they all coincided
The President of the Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas, and the member of parliament for the CUP David Fernàndez, gave a joint message: the elections on 27 September to the Parliament of Catalonia are a historic opportunity for Catalonia and must be taken advantage of because these elections are a plebiscite and it must be clearly seen that the national and social questions run hand-in-hand.
It will now have ten offices abroad
The novel is available in English since the beginning of October
Sant Joan [Saint John's Feast, or Midsummer's Night] with fire at its core, is celebrated in many ways all over the Catalan Countries
The country has celebrated the summer solstice with the Saint John festival for as long as anyone can remember. In many areas, fire, dance and parties are the order of the day, especially on Saint John's eve. There is the flame of Mount Canigó, which came down Sunday from the North Catalan mountain peaks and which will spread through hundreds of cities and towns across the country.
Coca tarts are essential features of the Night of Sant Joan
There are different kinds of coca tarts: some are made with fruit, pine kernels or marzipan, or filled with custard, and there is the coca de llardons [suet pastry]. These are washed down with a good cava or muscatel wine and they are essential features of the Night of Sant Joan. There are many kinds of 'coca' and it is sometimes difficult to agree on which one to get: Some people don't like ones with a filling and others don't like candied fruit.
'Faces of independence': Well-known figures from around the country explain why they want independence
Artur Mas (Barcelona, 1956) is the President of the Catalan government, the Generalitat de Catalonia. He is also the leader of Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) and chairman of the Convergència i Unió (CIU) coalition.
Faces Of independence
Procés Constituent backs the proposal from Forcades
The party led by Teresa Forcades, Procés Constituent, will try to negotiate a single candidature that groups the left-wing forces for the elections of 27 September to the Parliament of Catalonia.
Artur Mas explained that the Spanish constitution has become a dead end
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, has made a statement about the Spanish Constitutional Court's ruling that declares the actions to prepare the public participation process on 9 November last year unconstitutional.
Diplocat organised the first academic debate on Catalonia in the Czech Republic
Interview with former speaker of parliament and spokesman for the secessionist faction within UDC
UDC is the partner of CDC; together they make up the federation Convergència i Unió or CiU, currently governing in Catalonia. While CDC is clearly a secessionist party, UDC has not defined its official position on this matter. On Sunday, UDC faces a historic internal vote that will decide its future as a part of Catalan political nationalism.
She has met with the organizations ANC and Òmnium to announce this
The blau-granas defeated Juventus 1 to 3 and made history with this second treble
We use a map to analyse the results of the municipal elections around the Principality and expand the focus by street blocks in Barcelona
Independentism has set the temperature of the municipal elections in Catalonia. The fact that the plebiscitary elections of 27 September are just four months away after last Sunday has turned these elections into a kind of first round.
Catalan restaurant El Celler de Can Roca has triumphed in the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards
The equivalent of the cuisine Oscars clearly distinguished on Monday Catalan chefs and establishments. In a gala event held in London's Guidhall, the 'Restaurant' Magazine announced the establishments included in the world's top 50 ranking.
The CUP refuses to go to the signing of the new Council contract with the remaining parties
Christy Burke asks Mariano Rajoy to do as the British Prime Minister and accept a referendum
'We certainly understand the position and the views and the feelings of the Catalan people because we know what it was like to be treated as second class citizens' said the Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke.
Barça's centre half and former captain have talked about Saturday's protest
The F.C. Barcelona footballer, Xavi Hernàndez, and his former teammate Carles Puyol, have talked about the jeering on Saturday in Camp Nou before the start of the final of the Copa del Rey between Barça and Athletic de Bilbao.
The Spanish government condemns the protest
During this 3-day-session, a total of 193 concerts will be held
Ada Colau's victory is a historic change. The city had always been governed by the PSC and in the last four years by CiU
Barcelona en Comú obtains 11 councillors and CiU, 10 · ERC gains two councillors and the CUP comes in with three
Barcelona en Comú, led by Ada Colau, has been the most voted force in the municipal elections in Barcelona with 11 councillors. Convergència i Unió (CiU), with Xavier Trias, the current mayor leading the party comes close with 10. Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) and Ciutadans (C's) will have 5 councillors each.
The conservative party will have difficulty maintaining the principal governments
Valencia Country and the Balearic Islands have held elections in their respective parliaments and in both cases, the PP lost a lot of votes.
'It could even be that the allies of Barcelona en Comú will turn out to be the separatists of ERC and CUP'
It is the position held by six of the eight parties of the Folketing
The majority of the Danish parliament and its government is in favor of supporting a democratic dialogue between Catalonia and Spain. Six out of the eight parties that form the chamber have shown their support in finding a solution for the independence.
Interview with the new president of the Catalan National Assembly
The Catalan National Assembly has a new president for the most delicate and interesting months of the independence process. Jordi Sànchez, who until now was assistant to the Ombudsman, is the substitute for Carme Forcadell.
The initiative was promoted by the village's Painting Museum
VilaWeb interviewed the Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia
Pushing and blows with flags while they drove them out of the complex
At least three members of the Plataforma d'Afectats per la Hipoteca (PAH), a social movement calling for the right to a decent home, on Monday entered the meeting of the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in Barcelona.
She has sent a letter to the members of her party, Procés Constituent
The nun and leader of the party Procés Constituent Teresa Forcades would like to present herself as a candidate for the elections to be held on September 27th for the Catalan Government.
Yesterday's debate in the Folketing is an extraordinary step forward, a game changer
'What was at first strictly as an internal affair between two parties suddenly attracts the attention of outsiders'
VilaWeb interviewed the most voted candidate
Liz Castro, an American who has put down roots in Catalonia and is in favour of independence, was the candidate who received the most votes in the elections to the board of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC).
Liz Castro, Rosa Alentorn, Agustí Alcoberro and and Jordi Sánchez are the four candidates with the most votes
Liz Castro, an American writer and editor, was the most voted in the elections that were held Saturday at the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, the sovereignist entity who is responsible for the historical pro-independence demonstrations
Civil society organizations fill the Palau Sant Jordi
A majority of the Catalan parties are coming together to defend the Catalan language at school
The Spanish Government has again made an attempt to attack the model of language immersion in Catalan schools. The Spanish Minister of Education presented an appeal to the Court of Justice of Catalonia against the decision of the Catalan Government that regulates the standards of pre-enrollment to public schools.
The PP is the party with the most candidates, followed by the PSOE
The archbishop's situation is growing untenable
A month from municipal elections and five months before 27-S, the Spanish President has called for a lunch with representatives of Puente Aero, a lobby made up of forty influential businessmen from Madrid and Barcelona.
The Generalitat maintains foreign action despite the Spanish attack
The foreign affairs law of the Government of Catalonia is one of the obsessions of the ruling party PP and the government of Mariano Rajoy.
VilaWeb interviewed Angel Colom
Spain's interior minister has sought to link Islamic radicalism and Catalan independence, and to stir up some trouble for Fundació Nous Catalans, a nonprofit that works to help immigrants integrate and put down roots in Catalonia.
Hundreds of people go out for a stroll around the book stands, to buy a rose or attend one of the many programmed events
Sant Jordi, celebrated on the 23rd of April, is one of the best-loved festivals in the Catalan calendar. Even when it falls on a working day, hundreds of people go out for a stroll around the book stands, to buy a rose or attend one of the many programmed events.
There will be activities in 32 countries worldwide and a group of foreign journalists will spend the day in Barcelona
Mas in New York: 'Spain has to be what it wants to be, but Catalonia has to too, without being imposed on'
Before an audience of more than three hundred people, the President of the Government of Catalonia, Artur Mas, last night gave a talk (pdf) at Columbia University in New York, where he stated that the time has come for Catalonia to create an independent state. Mas described the current situation of the Catalonia and assured that if the people vote for the independentist parties in September, the separation process will be started.
Presented its plans for a rally on Catalonia's National Day
?In his new book, Vicent Partal chronicles the journey that led to the 9-N vote
The new book by VilaWeb's news director, Vicent Partal, 'Desclassificat 9-N. Història secreta d'una votació revolucionària', recounts the events that allowed more than two million Catalan citizens to vote on Catalonia's secession from Spain.
Interview with Princeton University professor
Carles Boix is among the most authoritative voices in the discussion of Catalonia's process of secession from Spain. As a professor of politics at Princeton University, he has devoted many years to the study of secession processes among stateless nations.
Interview with Carme Forcadell, the president of the ANC
For the past three years, Carmen Forcadell has been president of the civil society organization that has lead the movement seeking Catalonia's secession from Spain. The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) has organized the three largest political demonstrations in Europe's history.
From his studio, Plensa shares his thoughts on the humanisation of art and the role of his art in public spaces
Sculptor Jaume Plensa has just won the Barcelona City Prize in the 'International Impact' category.
The studio of sculptor Jaume Plensa occupies a warehouse in an industrial estate in Sant Feliu de Llobregat. A bare, icy space with no remarkable features, it initially seemed to Plensa a place of exile. But now he's made it his own: 'It's a non-place, situated between a rubbish tip, which I see as a storage facility for memories, and the cemetery, which is the future.
After six centuries the Jewish haggadot return to Barcelona
The ruling party and the opposition have formalized the draft
The preliminary agreement of the roadmap of the unitary process towards sovereignty that was reached a few days ago has been formalized.
The party criticizes the methodology
The roadmap agreed upon yesterday is seen favorably by the third Catalan separatist party of the Catalan parliament, the CUP, which is prepared to join it.
He has commissioned a report to weigh a lawsuit against the text
The author has presented her latest book in Barcelona
The exhibition finally opens
The exhibition 'The beast and the sovereign' at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art open its doors finally, after it was canceled because of disagreements between the organizing team and the managers of the museum.
A no vote to independence would today be the result of a referendum on the independence of Catalonia, according to the barometer of the Centre for Opinion Studies (Centre d'Estudis d'Opinió - CEO) made public today.
ICV's bid for a confederal model rattles the party's pro-independence ranks · Raül Romeva abandons the party
Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds (ICV), the party of the Catalan Green Left, has defined itself around the issue of Catalan independence. The party, which favours the right to decide on the nation's political future and supported the unofficial 9-N independence vote, has come out in favour of a confederal model, in which a free and sovereign Catalonia 'will be able to fit into a plurinational Spain'.
He promoted and presented a proposal for a Catalan constitution.
The Spanish General Council of Judicial Power (CGPJ) has suspended for three years judge Santiago Vidal from the Barcelona Audience for having promoted and presented a proposal for a Catalan constitution.
'The legislative, executive and judicial powers are ever more mixed in the Spanish state'
It will submit an appeal against the law before the Constitutional Court
The vice-president of the Spanish Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría announced that the Spanish government has decided to file an appeal before the Constitutional Court against the Catalan Government's Law of Foreign Affairs.
It also suspends to precepts of the voting law
The Spanish Constitutional Court has agreed to declare unconstitutional, and therefore , the original call to the independence vote of 9 November (9-N) and two precepts of the non referendary voting law.
Human rights violations are a constant in Azerbaijan; political dissent is punished, and, at present, political activists have been held in prison for many months on dubious charges and without trial.
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
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.
The rating would be at least that of the Basque Country
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.