Politics

Mas says any decision on the referendum will be by consensus

Mas says any decision on the referendum will be by consensus

The President of the Catalan government says he plans to hold a vote on independence

In a public appearance as part of the activities to commemorate the three-hundredth anniversary of Catalonia's defeat in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714, Artur Mas, the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the autonomous regional government, assured he will not take any decision on the independence referendum planned for 9 November without the agreement of the rest of political parties in favour of holding a vote on independence from Spain.

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

Why Catalans are separatist

Why Catalans are separatist

Catalans are (and have for years been) separatist out of sheer existencial need. They are separatist because Spain generally treats them like shit

Sports

FC Barcelona vs León FC: Party atmosphere for Camp Nou debut

FC Barcelona vs León FC: Party atmosphere for Camp Nou debut

Barça presents its first team, full of new faces

It's a big day for the Barça fans at the Camp Nou today, with the Festa Gamper occupying the club installations during the day and the first team presentation and home debut against Mexican side Club León in the evening (20.30 CET). The Festa started this morning with fun and games for kids in the Auditori 1899 space and football based activities on the Esplanade in front of the main stand. The stadium itself opened its doors at half past six ahead of the team presentation and the Trophy.

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

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

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. "My legs have finally stopped hurting!" he said when he got to the top.

Culture

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

Gràcia’s Festa Major or Big Festival is about to start. From 15 to 21 August, neighbourhood streets and squares are decorated and there are dozens of activities, of all kinds and for all ages. A wide range of popular-culture events play an important role in the festivities. 'Gegants' [giants], 'capgrossos' [giant heads], 'trabucaires' [blunderbusses], 'bastoners' [baton dancers], 'castellers' [human pyramids] and 'diables' [devils] feature in many of the activities. Amongst other things the festival is famous for its decorated streets and squares; this year there are eighteen of them.

Barcelona, the guest city at the Stockholm Culture Festival this August with a large Catalan program

Barcelona, the guest city at the Stockholm Culture Festival this August with a large Catalan program

The festival is one of the most popular meetings of the Swedish summer

Money

Russia's Food Ban Could Cost Catalan Producers 250 Million Euros

The Catalan Minister of Agriculture has called on the EU to give the green light to private stockpiling, which would allow local meat producers to freeze the products they are presently unable to sell to Russia

Russia's Food Ban Could Cost Catalan Producers 250 Million Euros

Valencia and Catalonia Stand to Lose Between 140 and 110 Million Euros, Respectively

Russia's ban on food and agricultural products and commodities from the European Union and the United States is predicted to cost Catalan producers 250 million euros. According to the Catalan Department of Agriculture, Russia's embargo could amount to more than 110 euros in lost income. In Valencia, according to the Valencian Agriculture Association, losses could reach 140 million euros.

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

Politics

A report from Credit Suisse says that Catalonia would improve with independence

A report from Credit Suisse says that Catalonia would improve with independence

The bank's research institute publishes the study 'The success of small states'

An independent Catalonia would have a higher development index than it has in Spain today and also higher than a Spanish state without Catalonia. This is what a study made by the Credit Suisse research institute has said.

The 3rd massive Catalan independence demonstration will be backed by events abroad

The 3rd massive Catalan independence demonstration will be backed by events abroad

On Catalonia's National Day large groups of people will form a giant V

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC), a grass-roots pro-independence civil society organisation, and Òmnium Cultural, a non-profit association promoting Catalan language and culture, are behind the massive independence demonstrations of 2012, 2013 and 2014.

One hundred days to change Catalonia

One hundred days to change Catalonia

Step-by-step guide to the most important points marking the calendar towards the independence referendum

About legalities, consultations and presidents

About legalities, consultations and presidents

President Mas knows that if he suspends the consultation and the government announces no valid alternative, he will be committing political suicide

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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.

'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