Politics

Montoro's sleights of hand with the fiscal balances

Spain's Minister of Finance, Cristóbal Montoro

Montoro's sleights of hand with the fiscal balances

Professor Marta Espasa explains how the Spanish Government experts made the calculations in order to minimize the appearance of the fiscal deficit

Yesterday, finally, the Spanish Government published the public accounts, edited by economist Ángel de la Fuente, executive director of FEDEA. According to the resulting calculations, the Catalan fiscal deficit is reduced to 8.5 billion euros?some 4.35% of its GDP?while, using the same methodology, the Catalan Government had calculated that the deficit was 11 billion euros. Marta Espasa, professor of Political Economics and Public Finance at the University of Barcelona explains where the holes are in the Spanish Finance Ministry's accounts.

Spanish Government says Catalonia's fiscal deficit is 'only' 8.5 Billion Euros

Spanish Government says Catalonia's fiscal deficit is 'only' 8.5 Billion Euros

Montoro's experts only use one of the two methods for calculating the fiscal balances

Marta Rovira: "It's our responsibility to explain why we think we'd be better off independent"

Marta Rovira: "It's our responsibility to explain why we think we'd be better off independent"

Esquerra's Secretary General explains vision for Catalan Republic

Marta Rovira is the Secretary General of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (Catalan Republican Left) a party in favor of Catalonia's independence which currently holds 21 seats in the Catalan Parliament, and which many polls say will win the next elections. 

Catalonia and 4 other Autonomous Communities oppose the Spanish Government's abortion reform

The governments of Catalonia, the Basque Country, Andalusia, Asturias and the Canaries demanded the withdrawal of the Spanish Executive's draft bill on the Protection of the Life of the Unborn and the Rights of the Pregnant Woman, presented on the 20th of December 2013. 

Spanish diplomacy goes into overdrive against the November 9th referendum

Spanish diplomacy goes into overdrive against the November 9th referendum

Pressure has increased since date and question were agreed upon

Culture

Mary Ann Newman: the Farragut Fund, a philanthropic bridge between Catalonia and the United States (part 1)

Mary Ann Newman, executive director of the Farragut Fund. is a translator and promoter of all things cultural, and has been constructing projects between Catalonia and New York for thirty years

Mary Ann Newman: the Farragut Fund, a philanthropic bridge between Catalonia and the United States (part 1)

Mary Ann Newman (New York, 1951) is a translator, writer, and promoter of culture. She defends the term "Catalanist" to describe herself, in the dictionary sense ("someone who studies the Catalan language and culture"). She is a member of the board of the North American Catalan Society, which gives her a broad perspective on Catalan studies in the United States.

Catalan Bands rock Central Park

Catalan Bands rock Central Park

The concerts were part of the SummerStage Festival

Three Catalan musical groups?Txarango, Mishima and the DJ Headbirds?performed in New York City's Central Park as part of the SummerStage Festival. 

Life

Cisco and Schneider to invest ?37 million in smart city innovation centers located in an old Barcelona factory

An old factory in the 22@ technological and business district of Barcelona, named Ca l'Alier, will be transformed into an innovation center focusing on Smart Cities. 

Ancient site of Empúries to host a festival of chariot races and gladiator fights this summer

The site of Empúries' ruins will this summer include a new activity to complement a visit to the Greco-Roman site: the Emporiae Road to Rome Festival. The Road to Rome, organized by the Drakonia company from Figueres, will run from July 25th to 27th, 2014.

New app offers audio tour of 1714-era Barcelona

New app offers audio tour of 1714-era Barcelona

Available in English, Italian, French, Japanese, Catalan, and Spanish

Catalunya Ràdio and the Barcelona city government have collaborated on a new free app for iPhone and Android that gives visitors an audio tour of key landmarks in the 1713-1714 siege of Barcelona. 

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. 

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

The project expects 7,000 visitors per day and an annual economic impact for Barcelona of 52.8 million euros.

In 2015, Barcelona Olympic Ring will become the home of Open Camp Sportainment, the first theme park in the world entirely dedicated to sports. 

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

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

In first half of 2014, 22.5 million tons of goods transported

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'

Catalan National Assembly sends message to Juncker and Schulz: "Catalans Vote Freedom"

Catalan National Assembly sends message to Juncker and Schulz: "Catalans Vote Freedom"

More than 500 people unfurled the huge posters addressed to the presidents of the European Commission and the European Parliament

The Catalan National Assembly continued its campaign launched last week to internationalize the Catalan independence process by unfurling a huge 50 x 150 foot (15 x 30m) poster addressed to the presidents of the European Commission and the European Parliament, Jean Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz, respectively. 

#CatalanTalk

Manel Anoro (website) is a contemporary Catalan painter who has exhibited widely in Europe, Japan, and the United States, where he had his 38th solo show at Campton Gallery in Soho in May. His exuberant colors and gushing landscapes are reminiscent of Gauguin and Cezanne, and yet are uniquely his own. As a child he loved to draw, but was steered to more practical pursuits, and ended up spending 15 years as a systems analyst for IBM. 

Earlier interviews on #CatalanTalk:

Marta Zaragoza: "The viability of organizations depends on putting people and competency capital at central axis of their activity"

Alfred Bosch: I'd rather build in Barcelona than resist in Madrid

Muriel Casals: "Human towers are a symbolic way to show our ability to come together for a common cause"

Carme Forcadell: "We will vote November 9th, we won't ask permission"

Carme Teixidó, Fiscal Sovereignty Activist

Adina Levin, Catalan Institute of America

Josep Ma Reniu, Professor and CATN member

Roger Buch, University Professor

Carles Boix, Professor and CATN member

Clàudia Pujol: Magazine editor

Albert Villaró: Novelist, archivist, archaeologist

Albert Pont: Economist, Business Leader

Jaume Cabré: Novelist

Blanca Rosa Roca: Publisher

Franc Aleu: Visual Artist

Jordi Calvís: Graphic Designer

Carme Fenoll: Catalonia's Head of Library Services

Elisenda Paluzie: Spanish debt neutralizes Spanish threats

Quim Torra, director El Born Centre Cultural

Eduardo Reyes, founder of Sumate

Oriol Junqueras, president of ERC and Opposition Leader in Spanish Congress

Gemma Lienas, bestselling novelist, feminist, and chocolatier

Ferran Civit, ANC, and organizer of #CatalanWay

In other media

Bloomberg: "Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is losing the independence debate on the streets of Catalonia

"Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is losing the independence debate on the streets of Catalonia", begins the financial information news source Bloomberg in a report on Businessweek's website.

Financial Times: Crisis of trust as economic downturn in Spain ends

Financial Times: Crisis of trust as economic downturn in Spain ends

Special edition says Catalan process is "principal challenge" of Spanish State, once financial crisis is surpassed

The British paper, Financial Times, admits that those who invest in the Spanish State are underestimating the risk of Catalan independence. In a special series of articles on Spain ('Investing in Spain', pdf), it says that the Catalan process is the Spanish State's principal challenge.

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.

Building a tower to democracy

Building a tower to democracy

This "associationism" is the "pinya" for the sovereignty movement.

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