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The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell, in early October, entering the Catalan Parliament's plennary room to debate on the ICF's transformation (by P. Mateos)

23 October 2013 11:23 AM

The Institut Català de Finances (ICF) to be transformed into Catalonia’s public bank

The Catalan Government approves a decree to transform the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF) into a publicly-owned bank to support business and particularly SMEs. With this change, the Catalan Executive’saim is “to strengthen the...

The Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister, José Manuel García Margallo, a few weeks ago (by ACN)

22 October 2013 09:10 PM

The Spanish Government vetoes the Catalan President in a Euro-Mediterranean forum in Barcelona

The tension between the Spanish and the Catalan Executives is increasing. The Spanish Government refused to allow the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, to deliver a short welcoming speech to the participants of the First Economic...

22 October 2013 02:44 PM

European Liberals’ leader: “I would not have any problem with a self-governing Catalonia within the EU”

Graham Watson, one of the leaders of Liberal Group at the European Parliament emphasised that “the EU has to be a sufficiently strong but sufficiently flexible entity to allow people to express themselves within it”. This “may...

The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría at Foment's event (by J. Molina)

17 October 2013 10:09 PM

A last-minute protocol change makes the Catalan President cancel a dinner with the Spanish Deputy Prime Minister

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas is the most senior public figure in Catalonia, just after the King of Spain and the Spanish Prime Minister. However, at Thursday’s scheduled dinner with the main Catalan business...

The Spanish Government imposes an €8 billion budget adjustment on the Autonomous Communities in 2014 and 2015 (by ACN)

17 October 2013 09:00 PM

The Spanish Government imposes an €8 billion budget adjustment on the Autonomous Communities in 2014 and 2015

The Spanish Government has sent a Budget Plan to the European Commission, following the new rules giving Brussels greater control on Member State finances. The plan’s scope includes all government levels in Spain. In the plan, the Spanish...

Miquel Roca, one of the Spanish Constitution's authors, next to Núria de Gispert, President of the Catalan Parliament (by A. Moldes)

15 October 2013 11:24 PM

The ‘father of the Constitution’ Miquel Roca states that the text does not ban a self-determination referendum

One of the six ‘fathers’ of the Spanish Constitution, Miquel Roca, who currently leads one of the largest law firms in Spain, stated that the Constitution does not ban a referendum on Catalonia’s self-determination. “It...

The Catalan Government's Spokesperson, Francesc Homs, presenting the report (by P. Mateos)

15 October 2013 10:40 PM

The Spanish Government’s disloyalty towards Catalonia cost €9.38 billion according to the Catalan Executive

The Catalan Government has published a report listing all the Spanish Executive’s disloyalties towards Catalonia including not respecting legislation, devolved powers and cultural aspects. The 50-page document has a chapter quantifying...

The Spanish Finance Minister, Cristóbal Montoro, at a press conference a few months ago (by ACN)

15 October 2013 09:50 PM

The Spanish Government announces in October that €1.7 billion will not be transferred to the Catalan Executive this year

The Catalan Government will receive €1.7 billion less from the Spanish Liquidity Fund (FLA) in 2013 than had been previously foreseen. The news was announced by the Spanish Government in mid-October, with only 10 weeks left before the end...

Demonstrators with Spanish and Catalan flags (by J. Bataller)

12 October 2013 09:47 PM

Large demonstration in Barcelona organised by Spain’s unity supporters, but smaller than the independence march

On Saturday, Spain’s National Day, those opposing Catalan independence and defending Spain’s unity organised a large-scale demonstration in Barcelona. In absolute terms, the demonstration was far from gathering as many people as the...

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