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The Catalan Socialists' leader, Pere Navarro, at the Catalan Parliament on Tuesday (by A. Moldes)

10 April 2013 01:05 AM

The Spanish Socialist Party backs a constitutional reform but rejects allowing Catalonia’s self-determination vote

The leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, and the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, secretly met on Sunday in Madrid, along with the Secretary General of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC), Pere...
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, at the press conference he offered on Wednesday (by O. Campuzano)

04 April 2013 01:20 AM

The Catalan President insists on talking to the Spanish Government about the self-determination claims

Artur Mas, the President of the Catalan Government and leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), is sceptical about the Spanish Executive’s desire to find a negotiated solution regarding Catalonia’s self-determination...
The United Nations Secretary General arriving in Andorra (by Govern d'Andorra / ACN)

03 April 2013 12:05 AM

Ban Ki-moon asks for talks regarding Catalonia’s self-determination claims

“The United Nations respect self-determination processes” stated the Secretary General of the United Nations when he was asked about Catalonia’s and Scotland’s self-determination processes during his official visit to Andorra, a small...
The number of people registered as unemployed at the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) was reduced by 0.17% in March (ACN)

02 April 2013 11:17 PM

Registered unemployment in Catalonia decreased by 1,126 people in March due to Easter holidays

The number of people registered as unemployed at the Catalan Public Employment Service (SOC) was reduced by 0.17% in March, compared to data from February. The total number of unemployed people in Catalonia registered at the SOC was 664,050 by the...
An ATLL water pipe in Greater Barcelona (by P. Solà)

27 March 2013 09:41 PM

Catalonia’s Supreme Court cancels the tender allocating Greater Barcelona’s water supply to Acciona

In early November, the Catalan Government decided to allocate the public tender privatising the service of the publicly-owned Aigües Ter-Llobregat – which supplies water to the 5 million people of Greater Barcelona – to a joint venture led by...
Rajoy (left) and Mas (right) at last September's meeting in Madrid (by ACN)

27 March 2013 08:29 PM

The Spanish Prime Minister and the Catalan President secretly met and agreed to relax the deficit targets

According to Catalan and Spanish Government sources, the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the President of the Catalan Executive, Artur Mas, secretly met this week in Madrid. They mainly talked about the deficit targets for 2013 and...
Andreu Mas-Colell (left) and Cristóbal Montoro (right) before Thursday's meeting (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

21 March 2013 11:41 PM

The Spanish Government will relax the Autonomous Communities’ deficit targets and is open to setting them on individual basis

The Spanish Finance Minister, Crístobal Montoro, confirmed that if Brussels relaxes Spain’s total deficit target for 2013, he will share this flexibility with the Autonomous Communities’ governments. A working group has been created to...
Oriol Pujol announcing he was "delegating" his party and parliamentary roles (by P. Mateos)

19 March 2013 10:57 PM

The 'number 3' of the governing Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) is indicted for influence peddling

The Supreme Court of Catalonia (TSJC) has indicted Oriol Pujol, who is the ‘number three’ of the CiU – who run the Catalan Government – over a case of influence peddling regarding an irregular public tender for technical vehicle inspection...
A protest banner in Cyprus (by Iorgos Karahalis / Reuters)

18 March 2013 10:58 PM

Javier Solana is "surprised" about Cyprus' tax on individual bank deposits

The former leader of the European Union diplomacy and now an International Relations professor at the Barcelona-based ESADE business school, Javier Solana, stated that it is “difficult” to believe that such a measure could be implemented in...
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