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The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister (left) and the Minister for Finances and Public Sector (right) presenting the initiative's first public draft in June (by ACN)

04 December 2013 02:22 PM

Spanish Government aims to recentralise power by eliminating some Catalan institutions

The Spanish Executive has presented a 720-page report in which it proposes 120 measures “to eliminate duplications” and “improve the coordination” between government levels in order to “rationalise” and...

The book about President Artur Mas (by ACN)

03 December 2013 03:38 PM

Mas: “They are shamelessly going after me”

The Catalan President explains in a new book how his determination to let the people of Catalonia decide their future in an independence referendum has affected his personal life. In a very human account, Mas admits he has become “a hated person...
The conference organised by Diplocat in Barcelona about the Responsibility to Protect (by Diplocat)

29 November 2013 04:16 PM

A Catalan debate over Responsibility to Protect

The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) organized on Friday in Barcelona a conference on the Responsibility to Protect. This UN-backed principle claims that all countries have the responsibility to protect their citizens from human...
The Catalan President (centre) with his wife (right) visiting an education NGO in India (by R.Garrido)

29 November 2013 12:43 AM

Catalan President “welcomes” Rajoy’s threats as they “admit” Catalonia can be independent

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, also replied to the message sent on Wednesday by the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, against an EU membership for Scotland and Catalonia if they were to become independent states. Mas...

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon presenting the White Paper on Scotland's Independence (by M. Sales)

28 November 2013 10:52 AM

Rajoy threatens Scotland with exclusion from the EU and irritates Edinburgh

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy sent a message to Scotland and Catalonia, stating that if they were to become independent they would be excluded from the European Union and would have to re-apply for membership. The statement sounded...

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

27 November 2013 03:33 PM

Rajoy to partially compensate Catalonia for the tax on bank deposits

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has confirmed that “in theory” the Spanish Government will implement a tax on bank deposits in 2014 – taxing the global amount of deposits and not individual ones. The revenue from...

Luís María Linde in a recent visit to Barcelona (by J. Molina)

26 November 2013 02:52 PM

Bank of Spain Governor: Catalonia’s independence would bring “bankruptcy”

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, replied that “nobody believes” in the “apocalyptic” message sent by the Governor of the Bank of Spain, who was appointed by the current Spanish Government in 2012. Mas...

The front banner of Sunday's demonstration against austerity measures (by J. Bataller)

25 November 2013 05:37 PM

Demonstration in Barcelona against austerity and “antisocial” policies

Thousands of people – 12,000 according to Barcelona’s local police and 200,000 according to the organisers – demonstrated on Sunday in the streets of Barcelona to protest against the Spanish and Catalan Governments’...

54.7% of Catalans would vote "yes" and 22.1% would vote "no", while 15.7% would abstain (by ACN)

22 November 2013 09:35 PM

54.7% of Catalans would vote for independence in a referendum

According to a poll from the Catalan Centre for Polling (CEO), 54.7% of Catalans would vote “yes” to independence while 22.1% would vote “no” and 15.7% are undecided. The poll shows similar percentages than the other...

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