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The King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, in La Zarzuela Palace (by Reuters)

19 September 2012 01:58 AM

Spanish King states that “it is not the time [...] to divide forces” and “chase pipe dreams”

In a very unusual movement, Juan Carlos I has issued a short but clear letter one week after the massive demonstration for Catalonia’s independence. The King emphasised the need to remain “united” and asked the people to retake the...
The PSC's Secretary General, Pere Navarro, on Monday (by R. Garrido)

18 September 2012 01:41 PM

The Catalan Socialists propose an “asymmetrical federalism” for Spain

The Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) is against independence but supports claims for greater self-government and fiscal autonomy for Catalonia. The PSC’s Secretary General, Pere Navarro, proposes a “preferential bilateral relationship” between...
The Bank of Spain building in Madrid (by EFE)

15 September 2012 03:05 PM

Catalonia’s debt increased by 9.6% while the Spanish Government’s grew by 14% in the last year

The Autonomous Communities are responsible for 18.7% of Spain’s global public debt, while they manage around 40% of the country’s public spending. The Spanish Government’s share represents 76.8% of Spain’s global debt, which reached...
The Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro, on Thursday (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

14 September 2012 03:20 PM

The Catalan Government had a 0.59% deficit in the first half of the year, below the Autonomous Communities’ 0.77% average

By the end of the year, Catalonia must meet a 1.5% deficit target. According to the Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro, the Autonomous Community governments are heading “in the right direction” to honour the deficit objective for...
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, giving his conference in Madrid (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

14 September 2012 01:05 PM

Catalan President says in Madrid that “Catalonia needs a state” since reforming Spain has not been possible

At a conference in Madrid, the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, warned Spain about the “great mistake” of downplaying the massive demonstration for independence. No members of the Spanish Government or leaders of the Socialist...
The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, the day after the 1.5 million strong demonstration (by P. Mateos)

13 September 2012 12:25 AM

The Catalan President asks Spain to “listen carefully”, “don’t get angry”, and offer solutions, “if it has them”

“Listen, and listen carefully. Do not get angry if you don’t like what you see. And put solutions on the table, if you have them”, the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas told Spain the day after the 1.5 million strong...
This Tuesday's demonstration has been the largest ever seen in Barcelona (by O. Campuzano)

12 September 2012 01:15 AM

1.5 million people demonstrate peacefully for Catalonia’s independence from Spain

In the largest demonstration Barcelona has ever seen, 1.5 million citizens according to the Catalan Police marched in Catalonia’s capital after the banner “Catalonia, Europe’s new state”. The Spanish Government reported a reduced number of...
An independent Catalonia would no longer be part of the EU says the European Commission (by ACN)

11 September 2012 11:25 PM

The European Commission is “aware” of Barcelona’s demonstration supporting Catalonia’s independence

However, the Commission also clarified Barroso’s words from late August. A Commission Spokesman said hours before the kick off of the independence demonstration that in the case of secession from Spain, Catalonia would no longer be part of the...

11 September 2012 09:57 PM

The Catalan President warns Spain that without an agreement “Catalonia’s way to freedom is open”

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), sent a warning message to the rest of Spain and in particular to the Spanish Government. “If there is not an agreement on the...
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