Politics

Spanish Government is preparing appeal against not-yet-approved Catalan law on consultation votes

Spanish Government is preparing appeal against not-yet-approved Catalan law on consultation votes

Catalan Law on Consultation Votes will be the legal base to organise the self-determination vote

With the aim to stop Catalonia's self-determination vote the Spanish government is already preparing two appeals for the Constitutional Court

Debates about Catalonia will be held in Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam

Debates about Catalonia will be held in Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam

Interest on Scotland and Catalonia rises as the dates of the independence referenda approach

The map of Europe could change in the near future after the independence referendums in Scotland (18 September) and Catalonia (9 November). Even more than half of the States in Europe became independent after 1900, the subject arises a great deal of public interest. Media reports comparing the Scottish and the Catalan model abound and there are also several academic and public events on the matter planned in Europe.

Politics

Open questions for an independent Catalonia

Open questions for an independent Catalonia

Patrícia Gabancho, Anna Gabriel, Xavier Roig, Ramon Folch, Enric Vila, Martí Domínguez and Mercè Ibarz weigh in on the key issues

The course of action that may result in an independent Catalonia is now at the centre of the political and media debate, but the building of a new country also entails considering what will happen once independence is declared.

An influential US think tank analyses the military implications of an independent Catalonia

An influential US think tank analyses the military implications of an independent Catalonia

Catalonia's maritime specialization would be welcome in the Mediterranean

The Atlantic Council, one of the most prominent US think tanks analysed the geostrategic impact of the possible independence of Scotland and Catalonia from a military standpoint, in an article.

Guide to September 11... 1714

Guide to September 11... 1714

What happened three hundred years ago on that date and what was its significance? Who were the opposing sides? Why did Barcelona resist? 

Culture

Peret, the 'father' of Catalan rumba, dies from cancer aged 79

Peret, the 'father' of Catalan rumba, dies from cancer aged 79

A few weeks ago, Peret announced he was undergoing treatment against lung cancer

Pere Pubill i Calaf, better known as Peret, died at noon on Wednesday in a Barcelonan hospital, aged 79. The singer, guitar player and composer Peret was the most veteran artist of the so-called Catalan rumba, a fusion music style mixing Afro-Cuban mambo with flamenco and rock and roll. He was also considered to be the 'father' of this genre of music and was also known as the 'King of Catalan rumba'.

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

Money

Barcelona-based fashion company Desigual increases profit by 50% in the first half of the year

Barcelona-based fashion company Desigual increases profit by 50% in the first half of the year

The fashion company registered a turnover of ?452.9 million between January and June

The Catalan urban clothing firm Desigual posted a ?66.4 million profit in the first six months of 2014, which represents a 47.9% increase on the same period of the previous year. The fashion company registered a turnover of ?452.9 million between January and June, 23.1% higher than the figure registered in 2013 during the same period. 

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

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

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

Sports

FC Barcelona to appeal to CAS against FIFA ban to sign new players in 2015

FC Barcelona to appeal to CAS against FIFA ban to sign new players in 2015

FC Barcelona announced that it will continue to defend its interests before the highest sporting authority

Following the resolution announced this Wednesday by the FIFA Appeals Committee on violations of regulations regarding the transfer and registration of children aged under 18 years, FC Barcelona announced that it will continue to defend its interests before the highest sporting authority, in this case the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 

Javier Mascherano signs new deal with FC Barcelona until 2018

Javier Mascherano signs new deal with FC Barcelona until 2018

The deal was negotiated and agreed before the World Cup

The Argentine international has committed himself for another four years with the Catalan club, which will take him through to 30 June 2018. There's an option on a further year plus a buy-out clause of 100 million euros. The deal was negotiated and agreed before the World Cup. Mascherano told reporters, 'I'm committed to this Club until the final day of the contract. I hope I can live up to expectations of the Club'.

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

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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.

Presidential threats

Presidential threats

It is unacceptable for the state we currently live in to investigate its own citizens for political reasons

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

'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