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  • Demonstrators in Madrid's Plaza de Cólon protest against pardons for Catalan pro-independence prisoners, June 13 2021 (by Andrea Zamorano)

    Protesters rally in Madrid against pardons for Catalan pro-independence prisoners

    ACN | Madrid
    13 June 2021 01:20 PM

    Leaders of People's Party, Ciudadanos and the far-right Vox among 25,000 at Plaza de Colón demonstration

HIGHLIGHTS


The Mallorcan film director Agustí Villaronga also picked up the award for Best Director (by Alex Zea, used with permission)

Catalan film sweeps the board at Málaga Film Festival

Agustí Villaronga's The Belly of the Sea wins six awards including Best Picture
A health worker administering a Pfizer vaccine in Reus (by Eloi Tost)

More than 2 million in Catalonia now fully vaccinated

42% of population have had at least one jab while anyone over 40 can book appointment
FC Barcelona Femení players celebrate on the pitch following their first ever Champions League triumph (by Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT News Agency/Reuters)

PODCAST: Barça Femení and women's football – treble success and fight for fairness

What impact will the blaugrana's record-breaking season have on and off the pitch?

COVID-19


Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020
Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

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

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the...
A nightbar in Sitges (by Ajuntament de Sitges)

Nightlife sector announces it will reopen on June 21 in Catalonia

Clubs will be able to stay open until 3.30 am and will have capacity limits of 50%, but no social...

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


Leader of the Catalan Socialists and head of the opposition in the Catalan parliament, Salvador Illa (image from Catalan Socialists)

Socialists’ Illa calls for pardons for jailed independence leaders to open ‘sincere’ dialogue

The head of the opposition in the Catalan parliament is against independence but wants to see...
Junts per Catalunya spokesperson Elsa Artadi (Courtesy of JxCat)

Unease within independence camp as jailed leader cools on 'unilateral route'

Allies of jailed head of ERC, Oriol Junqueras, ask him to clarify stance
Jailed Esquerra president Oriol Junqueras arrives at parliament, May 21, 2021 (Jordi Play)

Jailed leader suggests support for pardons although goal remains amnesty

Spanish government may release leaders before summer, as two presidents meet briefly at business...

SOCIETY


Housing rights' activists protest in front of the Catalan parliament (by Blanca Blay)

Catalonia’s rent cap law under threat as Spanish government considers appeal

Praised by housing activists, the measure would be put on hold should Madrid challenge its...
The Merinals neighborhood in Sabadell (by Albert Segura Lorrio)

Cities near Barcelona grow poorer as wealthy move to smaller towns, study finds

Mataró, Terrassa, Granollers, and Sabadell lose higher-income residents to neighboring towns

BUSINESS


A person fills petrol into their vehicle (by Oriol Campuzano/Arxiu)

Consumer Price Index in Catalonia grows to highest level in four years

Increase due to rise in costs of household supplies and fuel, leaving CPI at 2.6% higher than...
Entrance to the Wallbox offices in Barcelona (by Marta Casado)

Catalan electric-vehicle charger maker Wallbox to list on New York Stock Exchange

Start-up is one of few local 'unicorns' valued at over a billion euros
A BBVA bank office in Reus, near Tarragona (by Roger Segura)

BBVA and unions agree 1,001 layoffs in Catalonia

Bank will cut 2,935 jobs across Spain but unions claim there will be "no forced exits"

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See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

Bars, restaurants, sports and cultural venues are allowed to open until 1 am from June 4

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the population by end of August 

CULTURE


AIMCAT, the Catalan team competing in the AI song contest (courtesy of AIMCAT)

Catalan team releases submission for AI song contest

AIMCAT members and AI combine to create ‘I feel the Wires’ for international competition
Image of the band 'Phoenix (courtesy of Primavera Sound)

First weekend of Primavera Sound 2022 sells out

Last tickets for second weekend still available as Phoenix joins line-up on June 11

LIFE & STYLE


A police vehicle asks beachgoers in Barcelona to leave before closing the beach for Sant Joan last year, June 23, 2020 (by Pau Cortina)

Barcelona area beaches to stay open for Sant Joan festivities

Alcohol ban and controlled entry points proposed in Catalan capital but Castelldefels and...
A family outside the Sagrada Família cathedral on the day of its reopening (by Carola López)

Sagrada Família opens its doors to the public once again

Weekend visits allowed after 7-month pandemic-related closure
Temps de Flors organizers set up the installation on the steps of the Cathedral, May 7, 2021 (by Marina López)

Temps de Flors brings colour and life back to Girona

City officials hope the flower festival can help reactivate the local economy after a difficult year

SPORTS


Barça Femení players celebrate on the pitch in Gothenburg after their 4-0 Champions League final victory over Chelsea in May 2021 (by Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT News Agency via REUTERS)

Barça Femení’s historic treble, breaking records on the pitch and stereotypes off it

Blaugrana defender Laia Codina speaks about the team’s unprecedented success and how it is...
Sergio Busquests trains with the Spain squad, June 6, 2021 (Juan Medina/Reuters)

Spain's sports minister defends vaccination of footballers ahead of European Championship

Vaccine rollout in Catalonia has only reached those aged 45-49 but many players are half that age

TECH & SCIENCE


Reception area of the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona (by Narea Colomé/Raquel Navarro)

First robot to carry out spinal surgeries in Spain completes 50 operations

The machine has been carrying out between three and four operations a week in Barcelona
A young patient with long Covid during a rehabilitation session in Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, May 15 (by Jordi Pujolar)

Long Covid fundraising and awareness campaign launched

Money raised will fund research projects at Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital in Badalona

IN DEPTH


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PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
Taxis approach Barcelona's Plaça d'Espanya on their slow-drive protest to Plaça Sant Jaume, May 20, 2021 (by Lluís Sibils)

PODCAST: Taxis vs Uber – Barcelona, hotspot of the conflict in Europe

Uber is back in the Catalan capital as are the protests against it, with legal battles resonating...

CATALAN TRIAL


Jailed Catalan leader Jordi Turull before entering the Lledoners prison (by Estefania Escolà)

Turull becomes second jailed independence leader to take case to Europe

Former presidency minister argues the court was not impartial and his freedom of expression was...
Catalan activist Jordi Cuixart on a prison permit (by Àlex Recolons)

Activist Cuixart becomes first jailed leader to take case to European Court of Human Rights

Pro-independence Omnium civic group president is serving 9-year sentence for leading protest...
From left to right, former Catalan ministers Meritxell Borràs, Santi Vila, and Carles Mundó facing trial at Spain's Supreme Court (by EFE)

Ex-ministers who avoided jail in Catalan trial complete 20-month disqualification

Mundó, Borràs, and Vila become first pro-independence leaders to conclude sentence