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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...

The conference at the UCL. From left to righ: Sir David Edward, Graham Avery, Montserrat Guibernau, Robert Hazell and Uta Staiger (by ACN)

26 October 2013 01:33 PM

Catalan demands of a referendum and the EU role, centre of debate at the UCL

The University College London and the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia conference on “Self-Determination Processes in the EU” was attended by more than 100 people. Scholars and public figures discussed the Catalan and the Scottish cases...
Catalan President Artur Mas with the Spanish socialist party (PSOE) leader  Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba (by ACN)

26 October 2013 01:12 PM

The Spanish socialists offer a constitutional reform to Mas but reject a referendum on independence

At a meeting with Catalan President Artur Mas, the Spanish socialist party (PSOE) leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba offered support for constitutional reform in Spain, but rejected the idea of a referendum on independence. Mas said that the legal...

23 October 2013 10:11 PM

Former UK Secretary of State for Scotland: “Were Catalonia to become an independent country, the world would recognise it”

In an interview with CNA, former United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore explained he saw no reason why the European Union would exclude any new state. However, David Cameron’s Minister...

The Catalan President (left) and the Spanish PM (right) at Barcelona's Euro-Mediterranean Business Forum (by J. R. Torné)

23 October 2013 08:38 PM

The Catalan President welcomes the Euro-Med Forum participants but protests against the Spanish Government’s veto

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, shook hands at the entrance of the Economic Forum of the Western Mediterranean. Mas wanted to welcome all the event’s participants since...

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