The Catalan president will ask that no obstacles be put in the way of the November 9th referendum
A date has been announced for the upcoming meeting between the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, and the president of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy. It will be Wednesday of next week, July 30th, at the Moncloa, Rajoy's official residence. At the meeting, Mas will want to talk to Rajoy about the November 9th referendum, and ask that it not be blocked. He has even declared his willingness to renegotiate the date and question of the referendum—with the approval of the other parties in favor of the right to decide. But the Spanish Government has already said that it will talk about everything except the referendum.
Pressure has increased since referendum date and question were agreed on.
The international arena is a key factor in the Catalan sovereignty process and it's clear that the Spanish Government knows it. This week, Prime Minister Rajoy's cabinet vetoed the presence of Catalan president Artur Mas in the summit meeting of the International Francophonie Organization, a consortium of French-speaking countries and regions. The summit is will take place November 29th and will be attended by seventy-seven heads of state.
He fingers Ramon Espadeler as his successor and will continue as the group's spokesperson in the Spanish Congress
Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, president of the Governing Committee of Unió Democràtica de Catalunya (UDC), the governing CiU coalition's junior partner, resigned his position as General Secretary of the CiU coalition Monday.
Catalonia's National Alliance for Self-determination, which brings together some 3,000 entities including political parties, local governments, trade unions, employer associations, Chambers of commerce and NGOs, held its 3rd meeting Friday.
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.
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.
In first half of 2014, 22.5 million tons of goods transported
The concerts were part of the SummerStage Festival
Three Catalan musical groups?Txarango, Mishima and the DJ Headbirds?performed today in New York City's Central Park as part of the SummerStage Festival. The concert, organized in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL's), brought the groups to perform in one of the most popular stages on the international scene, in front of about 3000 spectators.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) is expanding into the nearby Àngels Square, which has been described as a "creative meeting place" and is situated in the heart of the historic Raval neighborhood.
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.
Available in English, Italian, French, Japanese, Catalan, and Spanish
Catalunya Ràdio and the Barcelona city government have collaborated on a new free app that gives visitors an audio tour of key landmarks in the 1713-1714 siege of Barcelona. The tour is available in English, Catalan, Spanish, Japanese, French, and Italian.
Tickets will include a visit around the ruins of the site.
The 10th annual Fab Lab world congress is underway · Fab Festival is this weekend
FAB10 is so big and so revolutionary that it takes a while to have it all sink in. Indeed FAB10 is actually a conference, workshop series, fair, summercamp and cultural revolution all rolled into one.
Visions of Catalonia
New video takes a drone-enabled trip through southern Catalonia, from the beaches to the mountains, the towns to the cities, the farmers to the human tower builders to the boaters. A vision that rarely gets presented.
"Nothing can better define a country that its people, its culture and history, framed by its characteristic landscape," claims the video. It continues: "'Our Own South' is an imaginary trip through the south of Catalonia, our land. It is difficult to convey with images, the character of a working people, honored and proud of their culture, people who have managed to maintain their identity through the years. It is an attempt to show some of the most authentic and endearing aspects of this wonderful and uncharted territory."
The result is an incredible vision of the city, created by Rob Whitworth
More than 26,000 photographs with four cameras and six different lens were used by Rob Whitowrth to make this incredible time-lapse video of the city of Barcelona. Whitworth also retouched the photographs so that there are pieces—like the interior of the Liceu Opera House or the Palau de la Música [Music Palace]—feel like they're drawn by hand instead of created with a camera.
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.
CatalanTalk with Constitutional Scholar
Earlier interviews on #CatalanTalk:
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Rakitic had 59 official appearances and scored 15 goals with Sevilla FC
Rajoy considers self-determination vote "absurd" and rejects discussing it with the Catalan President
The Pine Tree is country, it's politics, but it is also nature, and childhood memories. It's a sort of magical space.
This "associationism" is the "pinya" for the sovereignty movement.
Even when they attack with all their might. Respond with a smile. And go vote on Sunday. En masse.
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.
What country has had to pay secretly, voluntarily to teach its own language?
"We must not reinvent our country every time that there are new winds of crisis"
ERC leader says he's ready to join a coalition, as long as goals are clearly established
Interview with ALDE vice-president
Today the abdication of Juan Carlos of Bourbon will become official with a ceremony and the passage of a "fundamental law"
Expanded show gets more than 100,000 visitors
The Sagrada Família, Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum, and FC Barcelona museum topped the rankings
The event in Reus attracted more than 100,000 visitors and 72 professionals
Winning companies will have their projects funded, implemented and supported
The city hosts more than 360 bands in 25 different venues, as well as improvised open-air movie theatres