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  • 28-May-20: 'Nissan to close plants in Catalonia putting over 20,000 jobs at risk'

    ACN | Barcelona
    28 May 2020 09:18 PM
    28-May-20: 'Nissan to close plants in Catalonia putting over 20,000 jobs at risk'
    Nissan will close its plants in Catalonia, citing low competitiveness. Its workers, who think the factories will be shut by December this year, participated in protests that saw tires burnt and some of Barcelona’s main road exits cut off

HIGHLIGHTS


Salvador Illa, Spanish health minister, speaking in a press conference in March, 2020 (by Andrea Zamorano)

Barcelona and metropolitan area merged into one health region

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Former Catalan police chief Josep Lluís Trapero answers questions in the dock during his trial for rebellion (image courtesy of National Court)

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From left to right: labor minister Chakir El Homrani, business minister Àngels Chacón, president Quim Torra and vice president Pere Aragonès

Catalan government asks Nissan to 'reconsider' closure of plants

President Torra says he and Spanish president are committed to addressing situation together

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POLITICS


Josep Fèlix Ballesteros leaves the Tarragona court after giving declarations to judges in 2016 (by Roger Segura))

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Josep Fèlix Ballesteros and eight others are accused of corruption in social services
Vice president Carmen Calvo at a press conference on July 26, 2019 (ACN/Roger Pi de Cabanyes)

Spanish government considering 6th state of alarm extension

Authorities say this prolongation of emergency measures will be the last one 
Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont MEP speaking in Perpignan, February 29, 2020 (by Eli Don)

Puigdemont: Mediator 'essential' in Catalonia-Spain talks

Spain denies need for intermediary figure saying "all citizens" would be witnesses to negotiations

SOCIETY


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Burning tires outside Nissan's plant in Barcelona, on May 28, 2020 (by Lorcan Doherty)

Nissan workers’ protest steps up after closure decision: 'We will fight until the end'

Barcelona's ring road blocked by employees and burning tires surrounding the plant as Japanese...

BUSINESS


Image of a sign made of T-Shirts outside Nissan's plant in Barcelona asking for the future of its workers, on May 6, 2020, in Barcelona (by Àlex Recolons)

Nissan to close its plants in Catalonia, leaving over 20,000 jobs at risk

Over 3,000 people work at the Japanese carmaker's factories, which will be leaving after 40 years...
Nissan workers protest outside the Japanese consulate in Barcelona, May 27, 2020 (by Guifré Jordan)

Nissan workers' struggle steps up ahead of decision on plant's future

As Catalan and Spanish governments join forces to stop closure of factory, unions estimate a...
Some tourists sunbathing in Lloret de Mar in May 2019 (by Aleix Freixas)

International tourism to restart in July

Spanish president Pedro Sánchez assures there will be a holiday season this summer and...

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Bar and restaurant terraces to reopen in Catalan capital and its metropolitan area

CULTURE


Entrance to Primavera Sound, May 30, 2019 (by Violeta Gumà)

Primavera Sound releases 2021 lineup featuring Tame Impala, Tyler, The Creator, and Carli XCX

2020 tickets valid for 2021, with extra benefits given to those who don’t ask for refund
The Chemical Brothers during their performance at Sónar 2010 (by Sónar)

Sónar announces The Chemical Brothers for its 2021 edition

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LIFE & STYLE


The Sagrada Familia, with its construction works halted due to the coronavirus crisis (by Pere Francesch)

Sagrada Familia works halted until ‘stable number’ of visitors can enter

The board of the illustrious cathedral has made 40% of its staff temporarily redundant
Lloret de Mar beach, one of the most popular areas for visitors in the summer (by Aleix Freixas)

Lloret de Mar to divide beach into sections for different groups

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The front of the iconic Sagrada Familia lit up in red lights for charity (photo courtesy of Sagrada Familia)

Catalan landmarks pay homage to #GivingTuesday

Sagrada Familia and Hospital Sant Pau join global initiative to raise awareness for community day

SPORTS


A staff member at the Aravell Golf & Country Club disinfects some of the equipment on the course (by Albert Lijarcio)

Golf courses and padel courts in Western Pyrenees welcome first returning players

Enhanced security measures see equipment regularly disinfected and access limited
Lionel Messi arrives at FC Barcelona's training ground to have a coronavirus test before the team returns to training (by Miguel Ruiz/FC Barcelona)

Tests controversy and a comeback driven by money: sport returning amid coronavirus

Professional athletes are slowly returning to training with much uncertainty on the immediate...

TECH & SCIENCE


Image courtesy of Facebook Engineering who are behind the project

Catalonia to connect with world's 2nd-longest fiber optic subsea cable

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The head of pediatric intensive care at Vall d'Hebron Hospital, Dr. Joan Balcells, May 15, 2020 (by Laura Fíguls)

Barcelona hospital performs heart transplant on recovered Covid-19 patient

Operation on teenager first of its kind in Catalonia and Spain

CATALAN TRIAL


Jailed Catalan independence leaders Oriol Junqueras and Raül Romeva enter the Catalan Parliament with other imprisoned leaders for a parliamentary investigation on the application of direct rule (by Gerard Artigas)

UN rapporteur on freedom of expression calls for release of jailed Catalan leaders

David Kaye says prisons are among worst places for spread of Covid-19
Pro-independence activists Jordi Sànchez (right) and Jordi Cuixart arrive in the Supreme Court (by Roger Pi de Cabanyes)

Amnesty International again demands freedom for pro-independence activists

NGO believes Supreme Court ignored international human rights law by sentencing Jordi...
MEPs Toni Comín, Clara Ponsatí and Carles Puigdemont at the European parliament in Strasbourg, February 20, 2020 (by Natàlia Segura)

European parliament will examine immunity of exiled independence leaders 'with great serenity'

Chamber's president David Sassoli says procedure involving MEPs Puigdemont, Comín and...