13-Sep-21: 'Over 1.5 million students return to school for new pandemic-affected year'
After three long months at home, children are back to school! Despite Covid-19, a certain sense of return to normality with fully in-person learning is what over 1.5 million students have experienced today.
Staggered entrance times, social bubbles and face masks were again present in Catalan schools on the first day after the summer break. Yet, there is more optimism for a more normal academic year and far less uncertainty than 12 months ago. Self-isolations will be less common as it won’t be required for vaccinated pupils who are close contacts of positive cases.
The Catalan and Spanish governments are meeting this week to begin a new era of dialogue over the independence issue. Yet, neither the date nor the agenda are clear yet – and whether the Spanish president will attend is also up in the air.
The Catalan foreign minister Victòria Alsina has denounced the EU for having double standards. She says Brussels shows special treatment toward Scotland's independence campaign while remaining cold towards Catalonia.
Microsoft will set up an R&D hub in Catalonia. It will be focused on AI technologies, and at least 30 engineers and data scientists will be hired.
Rosalía continues to collect awards: the Catalan superstar has won Best Latin MTV Video Music Award for ‘Lo vas a olvidar’, her long-awaited collaboration with the US pop sensation Billie Eilish.