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The Catalan Education Minister, Irene Rigau, presenting the multilingualism plan (by R. Garrido)

16 July 2013 09:17 PM

Catalan schools to provide part of their curriculum in English and to teach a second foreign language

Plans have been made by the Catalan Ministry of Education that will adjust the curricula of primary, secondary and vocational training schools to provide part of them in English. In addition, pupils will be taught a second foreign language,...

Gervasio Deferr at his training centre (by M. Ferragut)

16 July 2013 05:52 PM

Olympic Gymnastic champion Gervasio Deferr teaches children in Barcelona’s La Mina suburb

Gervasio Deferr is a two-time pommel horse Olympic champion. The former Catalan gymnast won gold in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004) and one silver medal in Beijing (2008) in the Floor category. He retired in 2011 after more than twenty years in...

Grapes from the Empordà Appellation (by X. Pi)

16 July 2013 05:24 PM

Empordà Wine Appellation exported 13% more in 2012

The Empordà wine Appellation located in north-eastern Catalonia has seen a significant increase in its export levels in 2012. With more than 40 small cellars and cooperatives, Empordà has a large assortment of red, white and...

Marià Fortuny's exhibition in Reus (by M. Cervelló)

16 July 2013 02:23 PM

Huge tribute exhibition underway for 19th century Catalan painter Marià Fortuny

After Francisco Goya, Marià Fortuny is considered the greatest Spanish painter of the 19th century. He was deeply influenced by Goya and by his trip to Africa. His pictures are characterised by bright colours and intense dynamism. He also began...
Thiago  Alcántara playing with Barça against Bayern Munich in May 2013 (by FC Barcelona)

15 July 2013 06:24 PM

FC Barcelona sells Thiago Alcántara to Bayern Munich for €25 million

The agreement to sell the mildfielder includes a clause that stipulates both teams will play against each other in a friendly. The match will be played sometime in the next four years. The 22-year-old leaves the Blaugrana after playing for the...
The presentation of the CCOO study in Barcelona (by ACN)

13 July 2013 01:59 AM

Catalan economy has lost 595,000 jobs since 2008 according to a trade union report

The Workers Commissions trade union (CCOO) has issued a study calculating that 595,000 jobs have been lost in Catalonia since 2008. Furthermore, the number of unemployed people has increased by 428,000 individuals. The study also revealed that the...
CaixaBank's CEO, Joan Maria Nin (left) and the company's President, Isidre Fainé (right) (by J. Molina)

13 July 2013 01:22 AM

Barcelona-based CaixaBank is considered the world's best bank in technological innovation

The British financial magazine ‘Euromoney’ has named the Catalan CaixaBank the world’s best bank in a technological innovation ranking. Furthermore, the publication considered CaixaBank to be the best Spanish bank for the second consecutive...
The Spanish Constitutional Court (by ACN)

12 July 2013 01:02 AM

The Spanish Constitutional Court maintains the suspension of the Catalan Declaration of Sovereignty

The Constitutional Court rejected the allegations presented by the Catalan Parliament against the decision to temporarily suspend the Declaration of Sovereignty. This text was approved in January by two thirds of the Catalan Parliament and it...
Works at La Sagrera in 2012 (by P.Mateu)

11 July 2013 02:41 PM

Barcelona's new High-Speed Train station has its budget reduced from €800 to €650 million

The Spanish Transport Ministry and Barcelona’s City Council signed an agreement to unblock the construction work of La Sagrera train station, which was on hold due to the current financial crisis. This project is the main urban planning...
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