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Catalan President Lluís Companys was executed in 1940 by Franco's Fascist military dictatorship (by ACN)

14 November 2013 05:48 PM

Franco crimes and Catalan President’s murder are investigated by Argentina

The Argentinean Judiciary is investigating crimes perpetrated under Franco’s dictatorship in Spain, notably the execution of Catalan President Lluís Companys in 1940. Companys was the only incumbent president to have been executed...

The Catalan President Artur Mas (left) next to the President of Israel Shimon Peres (right) (by P. Mateos)

12 November 2013 10:21 PM

Israel and Catalonia strengthen their business, scientific and political relations

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, has travelled to Israel heading a delegation including businesspeople as well as the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, and the Catalan Minister for the Economy, Andreu Mas-Colell, among...

Pere Navarro while receiving a standing ovation from the PSOE representatives (by PSOE)

11 November 2013 10:02 PM

Catalan Socialists to oppose any self-determination initiative without Madrid’s approval

The Catalan Socialist Party (PSC), which is federated to the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), has decided to harden its strategy towards Catalonia’s right to self-determination. In the PSOE’s extraordinary Political Conference, which...

The Catalan MPs voting on the CUP's motion (by P. Solà)

07 November 2013 10:02 PM

Catalan Parliament rejects a “unilateral” self-determination referendum

The Parliament of Catalonia rejected a proposal to call for a “unilateral” self-determination referendum in the event that the Spanish State “blocked” the possibility of organising a vote by agreement. The motion was rejected with the...
The Catalan Parliament's President, Núria de Gispert (left) receives the USB stick with the Catalan Government's budget from Andreu Mas-Colell (right) (by P. Mateu)

05 November 2013 11:40 PM

Catalan Government’s budget for 2014 to have a 1% deficit, more social spending and further privatisations

The Catalan Government has presented its budget proposal for 2014, which posts a 1% deficit, representing a 35.5% annual reduction and amounting to €1.98 billion, in line with the 2014 deficit targets imposed by the Spanish Government. The...

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, last October in Barcelona (by J. Molina)

05 November 2013 10:28 PM

Spain’s Prime Minister Rajoy rejects a constitutional change to fit Catalonia better within Spain

The Spanish PM, Mariano Rajoy, considered that “to reform the Constitution in order to satisfy those who will not be satisfied”, referring to the citizens supporting Catalonia’s independence from Spain, who represent more than...

Martin Schulz on Thursday in Barcelona (by R. Garrido)

31 October 2013 09:57 PM

Schulz emphasises that independence should not be the issue of next European elections in Catalonia

The President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, visited Barcelona on Thursday and met with the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, and the Secretary General of the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC), Pere Navarro. Schulz, who is...

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría (left) next to the Spanish Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

31 October 2013 09:13 PM

Madrid admits incipient talks with Catalonia on the self-determination issue but rejects allowing a vote

The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría made it clear that “members of the Spanish Government” and “members of the Generalitat [Catalan Government]” have been holding meetings in the...

30 October 2013 03:53 PM

Chairman of the European Social-Democrats: Catalonia “cannot create new conflicts” and “expect everybody to accept them within the EU”

Hannes Swoboda, Chairman of the Social-Democrat Group at the European Parliament, highlighted “the necessity to stick together, to solve the problems together in Spain”. The Austrian politician rejected what he sees as the Catalan...

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