Politics

Catalan and Spanish presidents to meet next Wednesday

Catalan and Spanish presidents to meet next Wednesday

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.

Spanish diplomacy goes into overdrive against the November 9th referendum

Spanish diplomacy goes into overdrive against the November 9th 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. 

Duran resigns General Secretary position at CiU

Duran resigns General Secretary position at CiU

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.

3,000 organizations to send Rajoy a letter asking him not to block "the legal" self-determination vote

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.

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'

Culture

Catalan Bands rock Central Park

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.

Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum broadens its horizons with new exhibition spaces and services

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. 

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. 

Life

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 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.

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.

Barcelona wants to be the world's first Fab City

Barcelona wants to be the world's first Fab City

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

Our Own South

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."

Spectacular tour of Barcelona, in 26,000 sequential photos

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.

#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