Politics

Catalan Parliament set to pass law allowing independence vote

Catalan Parliament set to pass law allowing independence vote

The law will be the legal basis that will enable President Mas to hold a referendum · The Spanish government is expected to challenge the law before the Spanish Constitutional Court

Today is one of the most decisive dates in Catalonia's process toward sovereignty. The Catalan Parliament will meet this afternoon to debate and then vote on the proposed referendum law, the legal basis that will allow the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, to hold a referendum on independence from Spain on 9 November. The law is expected to pass with votes in favour from the governing centre-right CiU and a broad-spectrum of left-leaning parties.

Culture

La Mercè 2014 kicks off

From the 19th to the 24th of September the streets of Barcelona will play host to more than 600 activities in honour of the city's Festa Major, or annual festival

La Mercè 2014 kicks off on Friday, September the 19th and, up until Wednesday the 24th, many of Barcelona's most emblematic spaces will be given over to more than 600 activities of all types in honour of the city's Festa Major, or annual festival. These activities will include popular culture, street art, circus, music, dance and mappings, among others. One of the main features this year will, in fact, be the mapping entitled Barcekholm on the façade of the City Council, co-produced by La Mercè and the Stockholm Culture Festival and created by a team of Catalan and Swedish artists.

'From Miró to Barcelona' exhibition traces the Catalan artist's legacy to his hometown

'From Miró to Barcelona' exhibition traces the Catalan artist's legacy to his hometown

The display focuses on 4 art works that Miró wanted to donate to Barcelona

Money

Catalan exports growing faster than ever, with the 6.9% in July marking an all-time record

Catalan exports growing faster than ever, with the 6.9% in July marking an all-time record

Catalonia has reached an all-time high in a single month, beating its previous export record

In July this year, Catalonia's exports were worth ?5.67 billion. The figure represents an increase of 6.9% from the same month last year. Furthermore it means that Catalonia has reached an all-time high in a single month, beating its previous export record.

Barcelona El Prat Airport overtook Madrid Barajas once again in August

Barcelona El Prat Airport overtook Madrid Barajas once again in August

4.24 million people travelled through Barcelona El Prat last August

Politics

Gasol brothers state their support for referendum

'I'm in favour of the referendum' said Marc Gasol · Brother Pau Gasol, for his part, said that 'everyone has a right to decide, everyone has the right to express themselves'

NBA player Marc Gasol declared his support for the referendum on secession from Spain planned for 9 November. Asked for his views on the independence vote at a luncheon hosted yesterday by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the Memphis Grizzlies defensive player said: 'Personally, I am in favour of the vote'.

Sports

 FC Barcelona vs APOEL FC: Winning start (1-0)

FC Barcelona vs APOEL FC: Winning start (1-0)

Barça only found the net once, a Gerard Piqué header after 27 minutes

Luis Enrique was able to celebrate his managerial debut in the Champions League with three points, but just as he had warned beforehand, the APOEL Nicosia presented a far tougher challenge than many had predicted. Despite dominating almost of the play, Barça only found the net once, a Gerard Piqué header after 27 minutes.

Metro tunnels of Barcelona host a 10k underground race at early morning

Metro tunnels of Barcelona host a 10k underground race at early morning

Is the only urban underground race in the world

On the night between the 28th and the 29th of August, the metro tunnels of Barcelona became the track for the second edition of Discovery Underground, the only urban underground race in the world going through the centre of big cities. From the more than 15,000 candidates, 300 people ran the 10km tunnel that links Universitat to Gorg metro stations, on the Line 2. This was the double of candidates comparing to the first edition.

Life

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

The French chef Jean Luc Figueras died on Wednesday night in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, in a sudden cardiac arrest. The news was announced as part of a statement from the Mercer Hotel Barcelona, where the chef ran his current restaurant. Jean Luc Figueras had a long career as a chef at the best restaurants in Barcelona and he had held a Michelin star for a past project. One year ago he started work as the head chef at the 5-star Mercer Hotel Barcelona.

'Catalonia, as never seen before, in five videos'

'Catalonia, as never seen before, in five videos'

The Catalan Tourist Board initiative, highlighted at the Nouvel Observateur

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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