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Albert Rivera addressing the audience in a campaign rally (by P. Solà)

15 November 2012 11:01 PM

Party Review – Ciutadans (C’s), the anti-Catalan nationalism and left-wing party

With 3.39% of the votes in the last elections and 3 MPs in the Catalan Parliament, polls indicate that the number of Ciutadans’s MPs could double in the next elections, resulting in between 6 and 8 MPs, and forming its own parliamentary group...
Mas (CiU) in the first campaign rally (by P. Mateos)

09 November 2012 10:56 PM

The official campaign for the Catalan elections starts focused on the independence debate

Elections for the Catalan Parliament, which will elect the next President of the Catalan Government, are to be held on the 25th of November. The two-week electoral campaign has started, with Catalonia’s independence as the main topic of debate,...
Seats at the Catalan Parliament (by ACN)

08 November 2012 06:37 PM

Support for Catalonia’s independence grows and polls say pro-independence parties would win the next elections

Just before the Catalan election campaign kicks off, the survey centres run by the Spanish and the Catalan governments have both issued their own polls. 57% of Catalans would vote for independence in a referendum, according to the Catalan survey....
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, giving his speech in Brussels' Friends of Europe (by L. Pous)

07 November 2012 11:04 PM

The Catalan President in Brussels: Catalonia “expects Europe will not let it down”

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, held a debate in Brussels, at an event organised by the think tank Friends of Europe. Mas praised Catalonia’s European and democratic traditions. He talked about the self-determination process...
A water pipeline connecting ATLL's Ter and Llobregat networks below Collserola hills, next to Barcelona (by P. Solà)

06 November 2012 11:33 PM

The Catalan Government privatises Greater Barcelona’s water supply to reduce the public deficit

The Catalan Government awarded Acciona’s joint venture the contract to manage Aigües Ter Llobregat (ATLL), the public company supplying drinkable water to an area of 5 million people. Acciona, a Brazilian investment bank, and other companies...
A branch of the Catalan Public Employment Service (by ACN)

05 November 2012 11:48 PM

Unemployment in Catalonia increased by 13,849 people in October, reaching an historical record

646,306 people were unemployed in Catalonia at the end of October. This is the highest figure since the start of this data series in the year 2000. Over the last month, unemployment in Catalonia grew by 2.19%, while a year ago, in October 2011, it...
Scotland's PM, Alex Salmond (left) and UK's PM, David Cameron (right) after signing the referendum agreement (by Reuters)

31 October 2012 08:53 PM

A Westminster report states that an independent Scotland would be EU Member State from first day

The report, published by the British Parliament, has been drafted by a senior expert on the enlargement of the European Union, Honorary Director-General of the European Commission and Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre. The arguments in...
EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, in a press conference (by F. Lenoir / Reuters)

30 October 2012 11:07 PM

The European Commission sends contradictory messages regarding hypothetical Catalan independence

Commissioners Reding and Almunia have publicly said that, if there were a unilateral declaration of independence, Catalonia would not be automatically expelled from the EU. However, after being put under pressure by the Spanish Government, Reding...
Rubalcaba (left) and Navarro (right) this last summer in Greater Barcelona (by J. Pérez)

29 October 2012 11:23 PM

The Catalan Socialists propose a constitutional self-determination referendum but the Spanish Socialists are opposed

The PSC approved its electoral programme last weekend with the aim of becoming a third option “between the recentralisation of the People’s Party (PP) and the independence of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU)”. They...
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