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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...

The Education Ministers of Catalonia, Andalusia, the Basque Country, Asturias and the Canaries on Tuesday at the Spanish Senarte (by X. Vallbona)

29 October 2013 10:24 PM

Catalonia, the Basque Country, Andalusia, Asturias and the Canaries oppose the Spanish Government’s Education Reform

The controversial Reform of the Education System continues its progress towards parliamentary approval, now in the Spanish Senate. The Catalan Education Minister, Irene Rigau, stated that with the new law – which...

The Spokesperson of the Catalan Government and Minister of the Presidency, Francesc Homs, on Tuesday (by P. Mateos)

29 October 2013 09:52 PM

The Catalan Executive expects the Spanish establishment to make an offer regarding Catalonia’s self-government

In the last few days, there has been an attempt to build bridges between Catalonia and Spain, despite the visible increase of tension between the two governments. In public the Catalan and Spanish Executives are heading for a collision but at...

Catalonia registered a 1.06% deficit by the end of August, in line with the 1.58% target for the entire year (by ACN)

29 October 2013 09:24 PM

Catalonia registered a 1.06% deficit by the end of August, in line with the 1.58% target for the entire year

During the first two thirds of 2013, the Catalan Government deficit amounted to €2.05 billion, equivalent to 1.06% of Catalonia’s GDP. The figure corresponds to 67% of the 1.58% deficit target imposed by the Spanish Government to the...

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