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    Self-employed workers can register for new government aid from Monday

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HIGHLIGHTS


Leo Messi in happier times, celebrating scoring one of his three goals against Celta Vigo, November 9, 2019 (by REUTERS/Albert Gea)

PODCAST: Barça – A Catalan Icon in Crisis

Episode 5 looks at what makes FC Barcelona 'more than a club' and the team's current plight 
A man receives a flu vaccine on October 15, 2020 (photo by Gemma Tubert)

Catalonia pledges 900k Covid vaccine doses for first quarter of 2021

Government says 70% of the population to be immunized against coronavirus next year
A couple peruse the stalls of the Santa Lllúcia Christmas fair in the centre of Barcelona, November 2020 (by Carola López)

Santa Llúcia Christmas fair returns with fewer stalls and capacity control

The most unique edition of the historic festive market is underway until December 23

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
Image of a flu vaccine dose on October 15, 2020 (by Gemma Tubert)

Full list of 15 population groups who will receive Covid-19 vaccine released

Divisions include all inhabitants while health professionals, care home users and people with...

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


Newly accepted MEPs Toni Comín and Carles Puigdemont, in the EU parliament holding a banner calling for the release of jailed leader Oriol Junqueras in Strasbourg, on January 13, 2020 (by Natàlia Segura)

EU parliament report on 2019 election ignores legal battle of Catalan MEPs-elect

Chamber rejects mentioning that as a result of the row, all lawmakers are now recognized to have...
Pere Aragonès, the vice president of the Catalan government and national co-ordinator for ERC on November 25, 2020 (by Marc Puig/ERC)

Spain secures budget deal as Catalan party ERC confirms ‘yes’ vote

Pending congressional approval, new spending plan allocates €2.3 billion to Catalonia
Gabriel Rufián of ERC in Congress on April 22

ERC announces preliminary agreement to back Spain's 2021 budget

Pro-independence party says aim is to secure "maximum number of tools" for Catalan government 

SOCIETY


Christmas lights in Carrer de Pelai, Barcelona, 2020 (by Cillian Shields)

Christmas lights in Barcelona brighten up new streets and squares

The festive season has officially begun in the Catalan capital with the luminous decorations...
A survivor of gender-based violence playing with one of her children in a flat provided by support services on November 20, 2020 (by Gemma Tubert)

Increase in gender-based violence during confinement

More women and children given care already in 2020 than in all of 2019 

BUSINESS


Image of a Banc Sabadell office in Barcelona (by Albert Cadanet)

BBVA and Banc Sabadell talks fail, merger ruled out

Disagreements over split of shares prevent formation of Spain's second largest lender
Customers at a cafe terrace in Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia in Barcelona, November 23, 2020 (by Aina Martí)

As businesses reopen across Catalonia, how was their first day?

Mixed picture with busy bars in some Barcelona neighborhoods but lack of custom elsewhere 
Barcelona mayor Ada Colau speaking at an event in October 2020 (by Mariona Puig)

Barcelona mayor urges shoppers to think local and reject Amazon this Christmas

Colau criticized giant e-commerce platforms that don’t pay local taxes

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25

Bars and restaurants reopen over a month after toughest clampdown since spring

Travellers will have to acquire a Covid-19 test before travel

CULTURE


Montserrat Carulla in 2013 (by Pere Francesch)

Montserrat Carulla, the ‘Great Lady’ of Catalan theater, dies at 90

With a career spanning half a century, the actor starred in dozens of plays, movies, and TV series
Choir boys sing in the Montserrat basilica on September 4, 2020 (by Gemma Aleman)

BBC names Montserrat choir one of 10 best singing groups in the world

Ensemble based on Catalonia's most iconic mountain praised for being among the "oldest in Europe"

LIFE & STYLE


One of the baskets of Christmas dinners on offer at Cal Carter (by Nia Escolà)

Company dinners ‘in slippers’ and baskets of traditional dishes: restaurants looking to save the Christmas season

Restaurants are searching for alternative ways to offer festive dinner experiences to customers
Aniol mushroom hunting in the Pyrenees with his faithful dog Whiskey (by Alan Ruiz Terol)

‘When you go to the forest, nobody should notice you were there’

As the mushroom-picking season draws crowds to the Pyrenees, a mountain guide reflects on its...
Mushrooms collected in a wicker basket in Castellar del Riu, Berguedà (Escolà E.)

PODCAST: Mushroom Hunting

Episode 3 sees Filling the Sink head into the woods with a wicker basket in search of...

SPORTS


Diego Armando Maradona photographed on the pitch during his time at Barcelona (image from FC Barcelona website)

Remembering Diego Maradona’s time in Barcelona

The Argentine’s time in Catalonia was perhaps marked more by brawls and incident than trophies...
Barça's interim president, Carles Tusquets, on November 2, 2020 (by FCB)

FC Barcelona to hold election on January 24

Voting will be decentralized to account for coronavirus measures

TECH & SCIENCE


Co-founder of WindowSight, Pol Rosset, browses art through his phone and displays it on a television (by Albert Segura Lorrio)

The Spotify of art: Catalan company develops visual art streaming platform

WindowSight allows users to explore the art world from their television while providing support...
Spanish health minister Salvador Illa, November 4, 2020 (by Borja Puig de la Bellacasa/Moncloa Pool)

'Significant' percentage of population may be vaccinated by May 2021: Spanish health minister

Some medical experts urge caution as anticipation over Pfizer vaccine grows 

IN DEPTH


Carles Vallejo, president of the association of former political prisoners of Francoism, looks through old newspaper clippings of stories related to his time in prison (by Cristina Tomàs White)

Tortured under Franco, forgetting is not an option for Carles Vallejo

Former political prisoner reflects on his arrest and exile as well as historical memory
The defendants during the trial on the 2017 independence referendum, February 12, 2019 (EFE Pool)

A referendum, an independence bid, and the many trials that ensued

A guide to the judicial cases, the courts, the charges, and the defendants

CATALAN TRIAL


Banner in support of the two pro-independence activists jailed in the Catalan Trial, Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart (by Aina Martí)

Amnesty International again calls for release of activists jailed in Catalan Trial

Human rights organization calls imprisonment of Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart an “injustice”
Quim Forn, Jordi Cuixart, Raül Romeva, and Oriol Junqueras address hundreds of people gathered to wish them well as they re-enter Lledoners prison (by Estefania Escolà)

Jailed leaders still searching for a way to shorten sentence one year after verdict

Ups and downs for pro-independence activists and politicians, who could benefit from pardons or...
Pro-independence prisoners Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Oriol Junqueras and Jordi Cuixart pictured outside Lledoners prison, July 17, 2020 (by Mar Martí)

UN group renews call for release of Catalan leaders despite Spain’s criticism

United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention insists seven pro-independence leaders...