Pro-referendum parties react to Mas' new plan for November 9

Pro-referendum parties react to Mas' new plan for November 9

ERC (main government's ally): 'It's not the consultation that we would have liked, but we will try to help'

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, ruled out yesterday the consultation vote already called for November 9 and agreed upon among a majority of Catalan parties, in face of the opposition from the Spanish authorities. The parties that until now had pressed ahead with plans for an independence consultation vote offered different reactions to President Mas's decision.

President Mas's new plan for independence (9-N) vote

President Mas's new plan for independence (9-N) vote

The independence consultation vote will be held under a pre-existing legal framework for citizen participation

FC Barcelona joins Catalonia's National Alliance for Self-determination

FC Barcelona joins Catalonia's National Alliance for Self-determination

The platform was created to make it possible for Catalans to vote on their own collective future

FC Barcelona has joined today the National Alliance for the Right to Self-Determination of Catalonia (Pacte Nacional pel Dret a Decidir, a platform created to make it possible for Catalans to vote on their own collective future. More than 3,500 organisations are part of this Pact, including institutions, political parties, trade unions, business organisations, professional associations, NGOs, cultural organisations and political pressure groups. Josep Maria Bartomeu has sent a letter to the Alliance's president, Joan Rigol, to confirm Barça's compromise with the right to self-determination.

Unionists celebrate Spanish national festival in Barcelona

Unionists celebrate Spanish national festival in Barcelona

The demonstration to stress the Spanish nature of Catalonia did not gather more people than last year

Brussels calls on Spain to give explanations about the case of Ebola

Brussels calls on Spain to give explanations about the case of Ebola

Critics on Health Minister's management of the case

Barcelona opens its buildings for 48 hours

Barcelona opens its buildings for 48 hours

The 5th edition of 48H Open House Barcelona will take place on 25 and 26 October 2014

Money

 Catalonia shows a 0.1% positive annual inflation rate according to September statistics

Catalonia shows a 0.1% positive annual inflation rate according to September statistics

Prices stabilized across regions throughout Catalonia

According to figures released by the Spanish Institute of Statistics (INE) on Tuesday, this September Catalonia is showing a positive annual inflation rate of 0.1%, up from -0.1% in August. In monthly terms, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is down by 0.1% in Catalonia, and it is the only Autonomous Community where prices drop.

 Nissan to hire 700 people in Barcelona and work 24/7 for the next 3 months

Nissan to hire 700 people in Barcelona and work 24/7 for the next 3 months

The company decided to allocate the production of Pulsar to Barcelona

Catalonia's main employers' associations criticise the Spanish Government's 2015 budget: the lowest in 17 years

Ficosa confirms alliance with Panasonic, which will take 49% of the Catalan automotive company

Catalonia's main employers' associations criticise the Spanish Government's 2015 budget: the lowest in 17 years

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

Valencia and Catalonia Stand to Lose Between 140 and 110 Million Euros by Russia's Food Ban

Barcelona El Prat airport exceeds 4 million passengers in one month for the first time ever

There are 55,319 young Catalans living abroad, an increase of 55.62% in 5 years

Catalonia's economic recovery gets stronger as GDP grew by 0.6% between April and June 2014

Catalan pharmaceutical giant Grifols sees a 23% jump in net profit in the first half of 2014

Foreign tourists spent 6 billion in Catalonia during the first half of 2014

BASF postpones its Tarragona intermodal station to 2017 due to Madrid's delay building the Mediterranean Corridor

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

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

Catalan mayors explain their reasons for November's independence vote

Catalan mayors explain their reasons for November's independence vote

New video shows reasons from around the Catalan territory

On Saturday more than 800 mayors participated in a public event in Barcelona to demonstrate this institutional support for November's vote.

Valencia celebrates its National Day

Valencia celebrates its National Day

A demonstration will fill the streets of Valencia in the afternoon

Today, 9 October, is the Valencia's National Day in remembrance of King James I's entry in the city in 1238, which is the year that we could say marks the birth of País Valencià (Valencia). 

The Catalan case discussed at Reykjavík's Institute of International Affairs

The Catalan case discussed at Reykjavík's Institute of International Affairs

DIPLOCAT and the University of Iceland organise the event next October 20

International media chides president Rajoy

International media chides president Rajoy

The Los Angeles Times and Mexico's La Jornada join the criticisms levelled against the Spanish government by Bloomberg News

Culture

Barcelona hosts the first Gaudí World Congress

Barcelona hosts the first Gaudí World Congress

Worldwide experts gather to discuss the Catalan architect's works

The first edition of the Gaudí World Congress is being held in Barcelona since October 6 and will end tomorrow. Seven biannual congresses have been scheduled until 2026 when Gaudí's Sagrada Familia is expected to be complete. Worldwide experts are discussing these days the Catalan architect's works and exchanging new studies, documents, works and materials.

Catalan new publications are presented at Frankfurt Book Fair

Catalan new publications are presented at Frankfurt Book Fair

Catalonia and Barcelona share a stand in the leading publishers meeting

Government publishes the White Paper on Catalonia's National Transition English version

A White Paper on National Transition was published at the end of September. At more than 1,400 pages, the volume provides documentation to help clarify, in an array of different fields, the steps Catalonia must take to become an independent state.

Catalan Parliament approves one of the world's most pioneering laws against homophobia

An extremely wide majority of the Catalan Parliament has approved a new law recognising the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people and persecuting homophobia and transphobia.  

Thousands protest against Constitutional Court independence consultation suspension

Thousands protest against Constitutional Court independence consultation suspension

Citizens rally in front of city halls despite heavy rain

The main pro-indy civil society organisations Catalan National Assembly and Òmnium Cultural, asked citizens to gather in front of town halls to show opposition to the Constitutional Court's independence consultation suspension on Monday.

Politics

Ballot boxes inside cages to report Spanish suspension of Catalan vote

Ballot boxes inside cages to report Spanish suspension of Catalan vote

Campaigners state that 'no political equilibrium can justify such a prohibition'

A group of private citizens have started the campaign #Mutsialagabia [#SilencedandCaged]. According to the campaign's manifesto, the objective is 'to call attention to this profoundly serious situation with a symbolic gesture.

The shame of Europe

The shame of Europe

Do you mean, Mr. Rompuy, that democracy does not serve for changing borders but that war, ethnic cleansing and mass crimes does?

Life

 Beijing Design Week focuses on Barcelona with manifold exhibitions, conferences and activities

The largest space focusing on the Catalan capital will be 79 Tank, a pavilion of 3,500 square metres housed in an old gas tank.

Beijing Design Week focuses on Barcelona with manifold exhibitions, conferences and activities

The event will be held between the 26th of September and the 3rd of October

The city of Beijing will host the international exhibition, and will dedicate 8 spaces to Barcelona, which is this year's guest city.

Barcelona-based chef Jean Luc Figueras dies in Turkey

Barcelona-based chef Jean Luc Figueras dies in Turkey

Jean Luc Figueras had a long career as a chef at the best restaurants in Barcelona

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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