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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....

The Catalan Parliament, with the CiU and ERC MPs in the forefront, voting the Catalan Government's 2015 budget (by R. Garrido)

04 March 2015 09:28 PM

Catalan Government's 2015 budget finally approved after modifying state structures programmes

The Catalan Parliament has finally approved the Catalan Government’s budget bill for 2015 and the complementary law on fiscal measures with the backing of the governing centre-right pro-Catalan State coalition CiU and the opposition...

Oriol Pujol, on Monday at the Catalan Parliament (by R. Garrido)

03 March 2015 02:31 PM

Former 'number 2' of governing Liberal party CDC, Oriol Pujol, denies corrupt practices

The Catalan Parliament has continued its interrogation of the Pujol family for alleged fiscal fraud and corrupt practices, after Jordi Pujol – who uninterruptedly headed the Catalan Government between 1980 and 2003 – confessed in...

Judge Santiago Vidal on Thursday, minutes after the CGPJ's decision (by P. Solà)

26 February 2015 11:53 PM

Judge who wrote draft of Catalan Constitution is expelled from judiciary by Spanish authorities

Barcelona Provincial High Court judge Santiago Vidal, who has openly supported independence, has been expelled from the judiciary for a 3-year period by the Spain’s Judicial Power Council (CGPJ). The sanction is far from unanimous and has...

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