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  • ILJIN's investment 'positions Catalonia as leading territory' in electric battery sector, says govt

    South Korean battery component manufacturer ILJIN to set up factory in Catalonia

    ACN | Barcelona
    16 May 2022 08:27 AM

    Company to invest €600m to open first European plant in western Catalan town, with 500 jobs expected to be created

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Catalan justice minister Lourdes Ciuró honoring Mauthausen concentration camp victims in Austria (Courtesy of Justice Department)

Catalan Mauthausen victims honored on 77th anniversary of camp liberation

Justice minister Lourdes Ciuró: "Fascism cannot roam the streets freely"
Hundreds demonstrate in Puigcerdà, in the Pyrenees, against the 2030 Winter Olympic bid, on May 15, 2022 (by Marina López)

Between 1,500 and 5,000 demonstrate against 2030 Winter Olympics bid in Pyrenees

Local residents will decide fate of project in July 24 vote but neighboring Aragon's rejection...
A couple entering a store in Barcelona's Passeig de Gràcia shopping boulevard, on December 19, 2021 (by Eli Don)

Sundays from noon to 8pm: extended commercial timetables in force in central Barcelona

Shops will be able to open all days from May 15 to September 15, as employees fear being forced...

COVID-19


Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

On December 27, 2020, 89-year-old Josefa Pérez became first resident to receive a dose
Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how pandemic has evolved since February 25, 2020
A 93-year-old care home resident gets a Covid-19 vaccine (by Catalonia's Health department)

Over 80s could get fourth Covid doses this fall

Catalan health minister in favor of paid leave for menstrual pain

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POLITICS


Spain's defence minister, Margarita Robles (by Spanish Ministry of Defence)

Catalan Parliament calls for resignation of Spain’s defence minister over Catalangate

Pro-independence parties want to see Robles replaced after head of intelligence agency was dismissed
The Catalan cabinet meeting convened on May 10, 2022 (by Rubén Moreno / Catalan government)

Government split on how to ensure Catalan in schools after Spanish quota ruling

Junts rejects proposed legislation change as 'it will not avoid 25% imposition of Spanish'
Barcelona deputy mayor Jaume Collboni pictured at the Cercle d'Economia annual conference, May 4, 2022 (by Lluís Sibils / Miquel Vera)

Barcelona looks to boost green energy with solar panels on residential buildings

Project aims to include 1,400 buildings producing 83 megawatts of electricity by 2030

SOCIETY


Taxi protest in Barcelona on September 28, 2021 (by Alan Ruiz Terol)

Taxi drivers to strike over ride hailing industry on May 18

All unions back protest to demand 30 to 1 ratio remain in place
An image of Julian Assange held by a protester in Barcelona in early 2020 (by Marc Vázquez)

Extraditing Assange to US would 'criminalize work of journalists'

Catalan associations warn against setting "irreparable" precedent "threatening freedom of...

BUSINESS


Flight leaving Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport on September 9 2021 (by Àlex Recolons)

Barcelona airport April passenger figures closing gap on 2019

First time over 3 million people departed or landed in Catalan capital in a single month since...
An electricity power station in Manresa, from 2017 (by Mar Martí)

Spain approves gas price cap to make electricity bills '30% cheaper'

12-month "Iberian exception" initially sets maximum rate at €40/MWh 
An estate agent advertises properties for rent and sale in Catalonia (by Sílvia Junyent Dalmau)

Inflation drops to 8% in April in Catalonia

Housing and transport prices decrease after record-high 9.5% in March

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See how pandemic has evolved since February 25, 2020

On December 27, 2020, 89-year-old Josefa Pérez became first resident to receive a dose

From culture and sport to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 

CULTURE


The cast of Alcarràs with the director, Carla Simón, ahead of the film's premiere in Lleida (by Jordi Borràs)

'Alcarràs' to reach US and UK cinemas this autumn

MUBI streaming platform buys rights to Golden Bean winner in several English-speaking countries,...
Poster of Kyiv Ballet advertising the two-euro donation per ticket in its Barcelona performances in July 22

Kyiv National Ballet to perform in Barcelona from July 6 to 17

Two euro per ticket will be donated to Red Cross to help welcome Ukrainian refugees

LIFE & STYLE


Rosistirem florist, in Barcelona, on April 20, 2021 (by Ivette Lehmann)

Q&A: what does Catalonia’s flower industry look like?

Roses ruling the roost, online commerce competition and Girona floral influence all explained by...
Cuban-Catalan singer Chanel in one of the 2022 Eurovision song contest rehearsals

Catalonia’s (uneasy) relationship with the Eurovision song contest

Cuban-Catalan Chanel comes third at 2022 edition, the best result for a Catalan since...
Girona’s Cathedral stairs covered with plants and flowers on May 11, 2022 (by Gerard Escaich Folch)

A day among flowers and picturesque Girona landscapes

Temps de Flors flower festival is only possible thanks to the efforts of passionate residents

SPORTS


A skier at the Baqueira Beret ski resort in the Catalan Pyrenees (Baqueira Beret)

Catalonia to seek solo Olympics candidacy if no agreement reached with Aragon

Three in four favor games according to government survey but deadline for joint bid looms
America's Cup boats sailing in Bermuda on 2017 (by Daniel Firster)

America's Cup in Barcelona could bring €1bn economic impact

Sailing competition will be held in Catalan capital in 2024, the choice of previous winning team...

TECH & SCIENCE


ISE 2022 attendees lining up to enter the Fira Gran Via convention center (by Maria Aladern)

Holograms and interactive displays: ISE trade show kicks off in Barcelona

First full edition of audiovisual fair has already seen over 50,000 registered attendees and...
ISE's managing director, Mike Blackman, in Barcelona on April 21, 2022 (by Lluís Síbils / Quim Vallès)

Barcelona gears up for first full edition of ISE audiovisual fair May 10-13

Trade show with over 800 exhibitors and 28,000 registered attendees expects to draw in more than...

IN DEPTH


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PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From culture and sport to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
Pro-independence figures targeted by Pegasus spyware protest in Barcelona, May 6, 2022 (by Pol Solà / Carola López)

PODCAST: Catalangate – Spain's spyware surveillance operation in the spotlight

Ins and outs of alleged espionage campaign against more than 65 pro-independence figures 

CATALAN TRIAL


Former Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell in the Supreme Court during the Catalan Trial (image from Supreme Court)

Former Catalan parliament speaker takes sedition case to human rights court

Carme Forcadell cites top Spanish court's "embarrassing" partiality
Seven Catalan independence leaders, among them Joaquim Forn in the center, leave prison on June 23, 2021 (by Nia Escolà)

Last pardoned independence leaders exhaust all sedition conviction appeals in Spain

Divided top court upholds sentences for Forn and Bassa, now likely to challenge in Europe
Esquerra Republicana's Raül Romeva, left, and Oriol Junqueras at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on July 6, 2021 (by Natàlia Segura)

Ex-vice president and foreign minister exhaust all sedition conviction appeals in Spain

Divided top court upholds sentence Junqueras and Romeva now likely to challenge in Strasbourg