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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...
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...
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