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The Autonomous Community Presidents meeting with the King, the Crown Prince and the Spanish Government (by J. Bedmar)

03 October 2012 01:50 AM

The People’s Party blocks redistributing the deficit targets among government levels in 2012 and 2013

Catalonia and the Autonomous Communities run by the Socialist Party (PSOE) were asking to make the Spanish Government’s deficit targets stricter and to proportionally relax those of the Autonomies. The Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy and the...
The Catalan President, Artur Mas, attending the press after signing the dissolution of the current Catalan Parliament (by ACN)

02 October 2012 01:34 AM

The Catalan President: “No one can use weapons to go against the will of a people”

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, signed the dissolution of the Catalan Parliament calling for early elections on Monday. He stated that Catalans have “to vote without fear”, referring to Spain’s threats to veto...
Tremosa (left), Romeva, and Junqueras (right), who is the President of ERC and former Euro MP, at the Catalan Parliament (ACN)

29 September 2012 02:31 PM

Catalan Euro MPs ask the European Commission to give an opinion on recent military threats by Spanish nationalism

Members of the European Parliament from Catalan parties have asked the European Commission “if it would suspend Spain’s rights as a Member State of the European Council in the case that force was used against the decisions of the Catalan...
The Catalan Parliament on Thursday (by O. Campuzano)

28 September 2012 01:51 PM

Two thirds of the Catalan Parliament approve organising a self-determination citizen vote within the next 4 years

15% of the MPs oppose the decision, all members of Spanish nationalist parties. The Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) abstains, although one of its veteran MPs backs the citizen consultation. This was the last vote of the Catalan Parliament this term,...
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, at the Debate on General Policy (by O. Campuzano)

27 September 2012 02:35 AM

The Catalan President will organise a vote for self determination even if the Spanish Government bans it

In the Catalan Parliament’s main annual debate, the parties assessed the current situation and the Catalan President’s speech from yesterday. The parties that openly support Catalonia’s independence backed the Catalan President and leader of...
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, seconds before addressing the Catalan Parliament (by O. Campuzano)

26 September 2012 02:33 AM

Catalan President calls for earlier elections on 25th November, which may turn into a plebiscite

“In exceptional times, exceptional decisions are needed”, stated the Catalan President, Artur Mas. After the 1.5 million strong independence demonstration on September 11th, the Spanish PM’s refusal to negotiate a fiscal agreement for...
José Ignacio Wert (left) with the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

22 September 2012 01:06 PM

The Spanish Government now wants to recentralise the school system

In the middle of the political storm referring to the relations between Catalonia and Spain, the Spanish Government announced an education reform that recentralises the school curriculum and evaluation system. The Catalan Education Ministry...
Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy (left), and Catalan President, Artur Mas (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

21 September 2012 12:55 PM

The Spanish Government closes the door on negotiating a new fiscal agreement with Catalonia

The Catalan President states that, “if the Constitution is always interpreted from a centralist point of view”, “Catalonia will have to quietly and democratically reflect on its own future” as “no legal framework can be eternally used to...
The Catalan President with the President of the four Provincial Councils (by O. Campuzano)

20 September 2012 01:09 AM

The Catalan Government and the four Provincial Councils give birth to Catalonia’s Tax Administration

As part of the strategy to create state structures and to get a new fiscal agreement between Catalonia and Spain, the Catalan Government and the four Provincial Councils, all run by the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), have...
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