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Agreement on Catalan Government's 2015 budget after increasing social spending by ?100 million

Agreement on Catalan Government's 2015 budget after increasing social spending by ?100 million

CiU and ERC reopened the talks on the 2015 budget after the agreement on holding early elections on 27 September

The governing centre-right pro-Catalan State coalition CiU and the opposition left-wing party ERC reached an agreement on the Catalan Government's budget for 2015.

How did Catalan left-wing parties react to Syriza's alliance with the right?

How did Catalan left-wing parties react to Syriza's alliance with the right?

Vilaweb spoke with Podemos ans EUiA about Greek PM Tsipras' coalition government

Syriza, the leftwing anti-austerity party which won the general elections in Greece on Sunday, has formed a government with Independent Greeks (also known as Anel), a rightwing political party which favours populist, anti-European policies. The rapid announcement of an alliance between the two parties has taken many by surprise, including some of Catalonia's leftwing parties, which had previously expressed their support for Syriza.

Catalonia approves special status for Occitan Val d'Aran, including its right to self-determination

This small Pyrenean valley, surrounded by high peaks and located in Catalonia's north-western corner, is the last land where the Occitan language is widely spoken

Catalonia approves special status for Occitan Val d'Aran, including its right to self-determination

It also recognise its 'Occitan national reality'

The Catalan Parliament approved on Wednesday the Law on the Val d'Aran's special status within Catalonia, recognising its "Occitan national reality" and its right to self-determination. This small Pyrenean valley, surrounded by high peaks and located in Catalonia's north-western corner, is the last land where the Occitan language is widely spoken, although it is called Aranese there. 

Spanish authorities ban Catalan tax on overall bank deposits

Spanish authorities ban Catalan tax on overall bank deposits

Such a decision represents the automatic suspension of the issue 

Faces of independence

Matthew Tree: 'Independence has to do with the internationalisation of an unjustly marginalised culture'

Matthew Tree: 'Independence has to do with the internationalisation of an unjustly marginalised culture'

'Faces of independence': Well-known figures from around the country explain why they want independence

Matthew Tree, writer, answers to the questions of the 'Faces of independence' series, in which well-known figures from around the country explain why they want independence and what an independent Catalonia might bring the world.

Culture

Isabel Coixet to open 65th Berlin Film Festival with 'Nobody Wants the Night'

Set in early 20th century Iceland, the film tells the inspiring tale of two women who risked everything in a twisted love triangle with polar adventurer Robert Peary.

Isabel Coixet to open 65th Berlin Film Festival with 'Nobody Wants the Night'

The film is inspired by true events and has been adapted to the screen by writer Miguel Barros

    The Catalan film director Isabel Coixet, best known for her internationally proclaimed films 'My Life Without You' (2003) and 'The Secret Life of Words' (2005), has been selected to open the 65th Berlin International Film Festival this February with her latest work 'Nobody Wants the Night'.

    Choreographer Cesc Gelabert creates show with best FC Barcelona moves

    Choreographer Cesc Gelabert creates show with best FC Barcelona moves

    It shows the best plays of the Barça of Rijkaard, Guardiola and Vilanova

    'Cas 4-F': A documentary raises important questions on police action

    The documentary says that the 'Cas 4-F' is one of the most serious scandals of police negligence

    'Cas 4-F': A documentary raises important questions on police action

    'Ciutat Morta' (literally, 'Dead City') was broadcast on Saturday on Catalan public television and tells the story of events that took place in 2006.  The case had a tragic ending, Patricia Heras committed suicide because she could not stand being condemned for things she had not done.

    The broadcasting of the documentary 'Ciutat Morta' on Saturday once more raised the case of the 'Cas 4-F' and produced widespread discussion on the police action, while raising many questions on events which took place in 2006.

    Mas-Colell will contract 170 professionals for the Catalonia Tax Agency

    Mas-Colell will contract 170 professionals for the Catalonia Tax Agency

    The budget for Economy and Growth is growing by 5.2%

    Left-wing pro-independence ERC paves the way for Catalan Government's 2015 budget

    This week, each Minister is presenting the budget of their departments for the current year to the Catalan Parliament, as part of the regular approval process.

    Left-wing pro-independence ERC paves the way for Catalan Government's 2015 budget

    ERC MPs started to withdraw their full amendments to the different sections of the Catalan Government's budget for 2015

    Following the agreement reached last week between the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, and the President of the left-wing pro-independence party ERC, Oriol Junqueras, on calling early elections, the Catalan Executive's budget for 2015 is now closer to definitive approval.

    Catalans have referendum on independence via early elections

    Catalans have referendum on independence via early elections

    The early elections will be held on 27th of September

    Catalan riders Marc Coma and Laia Sanz make history at Dakar 2015

    Catalonia had a large representation in this edition, with racers in all four categories, especially in motorbikes

    Catalan riders Marc Coma and Laia Sanz make history at Dakar 2015

    Sanz finished the race in ninth position, the best place for a woman of all time

    Two Catalans, Marc Coma and Laia Sanz, made history this weekend at the end of the Dakar Rally 2015. Motorbike rider Marc Coma won his fifth Dakar, equalling the five titles of French drivers Cyril Neveu and Cyril Despres. Coma is now the second driver with the most triumphs in the category, just one victory less than Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel. The 29 year-old Catalan rider, Laia Sanz, finished the race in ninth position, the best place for a woman of all time.

    New ferry connects Barcelona and Savona

    New ferry connects Barcelona and Savona

    The brand new 'Florencia' is 186m long and can carry 1,000 passengers and 170 cars

      Catalans support victims of Jihadist attack against 'Charlie Hebdo'

      Catalans support victims of Jihadist attack against 'Charlie Hebdo'

      Spontaneous demonstrations were organised in front of the French Consulate in Barcelona

      On Wednesday evening, spontaneous demonstrations were organised in front of the French Consulate in Barcelona and in other places across Catalonia in solidarity with the victims and in condemnation of the Jihadist slaughter in Paris.

      Crisis at FC Barcelona: elections at the end of the season

      Crisis at FC Barcelona: elections at the end of the season

      The president of FC Barcelona has announced that there will be elections at the end of the season

      Has announced in a press conference called to talk about the dismissal of Andoni Zubizarreta the day before yesterday. He called for decency from the candidates and announced that he would be standing. 

      Amadeu Altafaj to represent Catalan Government in the European Union

      Amadeu Altafaj to represent Catalan Government in the European Union

      It will increase the political weight of the Catalan Government Delegation

      Registered unemployment drops by 8% in Catalonia during 2014

      Registered unemployment drops by 8% in Catalonia during 2014

      There are 48,924 fewer jobseekers than were on the register at the end of 2013

      16.7 million foreign tourists visited Catalonia in 2014, a new high and an increase of 7.2%

      Despite a decrease in Russian visitors, Catalonia increased the number of international tourists it hosted during 2014. Some 16.7 million foreigners travelled to Catalonia last year, which sets a new historic record.

      An inclusive space for participation and creation

      An inclusive space for participation and creation

      Article by Àngel Castiñeira - Chair in Leadership and Democratic Governance, ESADE-URL

      Barcelona has made a commitment to an educational role stemming from its interest in the progress of its people. This interest is borne out in its ways of conceiving urbanism and infrastructure.

      Long queues at the TSJC to accuse themselves for 9-N

      Long queues at the TSJC to accuse themselves for 9-N

      The ANC began a campaign of self-incrimination in solidarity with Mas, Ortega and Rigau

        The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) has started a campaign of mass self-incrimination, in solidarity with the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas; the vice-president, Joan Ortega; and the minister Irene Rigau.

        Catalonia seen from the outside

        Catalonia seen from the outside

        Catalonia is still in the headlines. It is one of the top media stories all around the world. We offer you an updated list of the news stories that focus on the Catalan independence political process

        CiU and ERC tied in voter intent, CEO poll says

        CiU and ERC tied in voter intent, CEO poll says

        CiU would obtain between 34 and 36 MPs, while ERC would get between 34 and 35 representatives

        The latest poll carried out by the Catalan government's Centre for Opinion Studies (CEO) and the first since the 9-N vote?shows the ruling Convergència I Unió (CiU) and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) would be in a tie.

        Catalan Supreme Court accept charges against president Mas

        Catalan Supreme Court accept charges against president Mas

        Charges have been also accepted against two other Catalan ministers

        Catalan Supreme Court accepted today charges against the president of Catalonia, Artur Mas and two other Catalan ministers after Catalan Government held a vote on secession from Spain in defiance of a court injunction.

        The things that have changed the country

        The things that have changed the country

        Let's go through the main events that have formed the independence process since on 12 December 2013

        Basque Country and Catalonia to work together against Rajoy's recentralisation

        Basque Country and Catalonia to work together against Rajoy's recentralisation

        The President of the Generalitat and the Basque Lehendakari met on Sunday in Vitoria

        The Spanish Government is carrying out 'increased recentralisation' of powers, 'breaking the basic political consensus achieved three decades ago', according to the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas.

        The Basque Country and Catalonia play and win

        The Basque Country and Catalonia play and win

        Martí Estruch chronicles the friendly match between the Catalan and Basque football teams in Bilbao

        The Catalan and Basque football teams tied one-one in a match held in Bilbao on Sunday, commemorating the first face-off between the two teams, one hundred years ago, in the same?now modernized?San Mamés stadium. 

        A demonstration of strength from Pablo Iglesias in Barcelona, with no offerings for Catalonia

        A demonstration of strength from Pablo Iglesias in Barcelona, with no offerings for Catalonia

        It was the first mass event he was holding as general secretary of Podemos

        Pablo's mistake

        Pablo's mistake

        'The leader of Podemos for the first time yesterday condemned the future of his party in a very mistaken action'

          'Uncertain Glory'

          '"Incerta glòria" (Uncertain Glory) is the great novel about the Civil War'

          We offer you the video of the presentation of the book by Joan Sales at the British Library

          Last week, 'Incerta glòria', the book by Joan Sales on the war of 1936, was presented at the British Library in London. Translator, editor and writer, Joan Sales wrote the book now considered one of the best works of Catalan narrative of the 20th century, based on his own experience as a Republican soldier. 

          Paul Preston: 'There is rejection of Madrid's such antidemocratic behaviour'

          Paul Preston: 'There is rejection of Madrid's such antidemocratic behaviour'

          Interview with the signee of the 'Let Catalans vote' manifesto

          Paul Preston (1946) is one of the great British Hispanists. With a doctorate in history from Oxford University he has written canonical books on 20th century Spain: from a biography of Franco to a history of the war of 1936, passing through a study on the post-war repression ('The Spanish Holocaust').