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Ada Colau presenting Barcelona en Comú's full list a few days ago (by J. Pérez)

23 March 2015 09:27 PM

Broad left-wing coalition aims to shake up local elections in Barcelona in May

The coalition will be led by the social activist Ada Colau, former spokeswoman of the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages (PAH), a Spanish grassroots organisation that helped citizens to stop evictions, promoted housing rights and in 2013...

The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, at the Catalan Parliament a few weeks ago (by ACN)

19 March 2015 10:32 PM

Catalan Government posts 2.13% deficit for 2014, higher than 1% target, due to lack of revenue

The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, has announced a €4.23 billion deficit for 2014, representing a 2.13% deficit, significantly higher than the 1% target imposed by the Spanish Government. Mas-Colell stressed that spending...

16 March 2015 11:06 PM

Centre-right pro-Catalan State coalition CiU agree to stop internal discussions on independence until 14 June

In the last few months, the two parties which form the centre-right pro-Catalan State federation CiU, and which have been running together every election since 1979, have been openly arguing about Catalonia's self-determination process and the...

Catalan President and CDC leader, Artur Mas (left), and ERC leader, Oriol Junqueras (right), shaking hands after reaching an agreement to call early elections (by ACN)

13 March 2015 11:27 PM

Pro-independence parties agree on generic road map to build a new state if they win September elections

The political parties and the main civil society organisations that support Catalonia's independence from Spain have agreed that the Catalan Parliament will issue a formal declaration to start building a new state and launch a constituent...

48% of Catalan would vote 'no' to independence and 44% would vote 'yes' (by ACN)

13 March 2015 11:07 PM

48% of Catalans are against independence while 44% support it, according to latest survey

The support for independence is at its lowest ebb of the last two years according to the latest survey from the Catalan Government’s Survey Institute (CEO), published on Friday. 48% of Catalan citizens are against independence from Spain,...

10 March 2015 10:00 PM

Homes owned by banks as result of eviction may be preferentially bought by Catalan Government until 2021

In 72 municipalities with a high demand for housing, the Catalan Government and the affected town halls will be able to use a right of first refusal to buy flats and houses on sale that are now owned by financial entities as a result of home...

The Spanish Deputy PM, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (left) on Friday after the weekly Cabinet meeting (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

06 March 2015 09:52 PM

Spanish Government appeals against Catalonia's External Action Law because it "is not a state"

The Spanish Government approved on Friday to take to the Constitutional Court Catalonia's Law of External Action and Relations with the EU and the opening of delegations in Vienna and Rome. The Spanish Executive will appeal against the law...

06 March 2015 09:41 PM

National Alliance for Self-Determination avoids calling 27 September elections a "plebiscite" but urges Catalans to vote

After months of discussions between parties and civil society organisations, the National Alliance for the Right to Self-Determination, which comprises more than 3,000 different groups, have met once again and announced a minimum consensus on...

From left to right: Hollande, Rajoy and Passos Coelho, before re-launching the Midcat project (by La Moncloa / ACN)

05 March 2015 09:40 PM

North African gas to reach Central Europe through Catalonia by 2020 to reduce 40% Russian dependency

A strategic gas pipeline is to be built through the Catalan Pyrenees, linking the Iberian Peninsula with France and Central Europe. The Midcat project aims to reduce Europe's dependency on Russian gas by 40%, diversifying the sources of supply....

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