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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...

11 September 2012 07:54 PM

Captions and videos from Catalonia's National Day

A selection of captions and non-edited videos of the Catalan National Day's festivities and Barcelona's massive demonstration supporting Catalonia's independence.
Participants in Barcelona's massive demonstration supporting Catalonia's independence taking a train at Giron (by ACN)

11 September 2012 06:29 PM

The reasons behind Barcelona’s massive demonstration for Catalonia’s independence

Catalan nationalism has changed over the years. Most Catalan nationalists have now concluded that Spain will never accept a plurinational state, will not fully respect Catalan language and culture, will continue threatening Catalonia’s...
The flag used at the massive demonstration of July 10th 2010, in which more than 1 million citizens participated (by ACN)

11 September 2012 12:19 AM

Catalonia’s National Day scheduled festivities

September 11th is the National Day of Catalonia. It remembers the day Barcelona was defeated by the Bourbon army in 1714 and Catalonia lost its self-governmental institutions and a new political system was imposed. The institutional festivities...
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel in Madrid (by F. Vallbona)

07 September 2012 12:08 AM

Merkel praises “the close cooperation” between the Spanish Government and the Autonomous Communities

The German Chancellor is “impressed” with Spain’s reforms. According to Angela Merkel, the reforms are headed “in the right direction”, they need to be pursued “at all government levels” and they will need “time to show their...
The Parti Québécois, supporting the independence, won the last elections (by Reuters)

07 September 2012 12:05 AM

“Madrid’s refusal to negotiate a fiscal agreement with Catalonia fuels support for independence”, says Québécois analyst

The political scientist Alain Gagnon, from the Université du Québec à Montréal, believes that popular desire for secession is weaker in the francophone territory of Quebec than in Catalonia because Canada has agreed to remodel the fiscal...
A branch of the Catalan Public Employment Service (by N. Julià)

04 September 2012 11:44 PM

Unemployment in Catalonia increases by 8,090 people after five consecutive months of drops

The number of unemployed people increased in Catalonia over the month of August, ending a positive trend of five consecutive months of drops. However, August is traditionally a month with an increase in unemployment, and this August’s has been...
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