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The Spanish Education Minister, José Ignacio Wert, a few weeks ago (by ACN)

10 October 2013 09:20 PM

The Spanish Parliament approves the Education Reform against Catalan school model with only the PP’s votes

The People’s Party (PP), which runs the Spanish Government, used its absolute majority in the Spanish Parliament to pass a controversial reform of the Education System, which is not supported by the teachers’ unions or the rest of...

08 October 2013 10:50 PM

Commissioner Hahn on Catalonia's EU membership: “the question can be resolved in a more relaxed way”

In an interview with the Catalan News Agency, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, the Austrian Johannes Hahn, nuanced previous statements made by other Commissioners and opened the door to debating Catalonia’s EU membership...

The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (left) and José Ramón Bauzá (right) in Madrid (by ACN)

02 October 2013 10:38 PM

The Constitutional Court upholds ruling that Balearic Islands’ civil servants are no longer required to know Catalan

On the same day, the Court re-affirmed its decision to keep its current Chairman in position despite his anti-Catalan public stance and having been a member of the governing People’s Party (PP) until 2011. On top of this, Catalan and...

01 October 2013 09:52 PM

Baden-Württemberg Vice President: “It’s up to the Catalans to decide if they feel better in Spain or on a stand-alone basis”

Nils Schmid, Vice President of Baden-Württemberg and regional Minister for Finance and the Economy, said in an exclusive interview with the CNA that Catalans are the ones who have to decide whether they want to remain within Spain or to...

Artur Mas (left) and Olli Rehn (right) in Brussels (by L. Pous)

30 September 2013 09:38 PM

The Catalan President in Brussels: “The EU solution will not be to kick out 7.5 million Europeans”

In his seventh official visit to the European Union institutions as President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, met with three European Commissioners on Monday, including Vice President for Economic Affairs Olli Rehn. Mas acknowledged that...

The Spanish Government handing in the 2014 budget proposal to the Spanish Parliament (by ACN)

30 September 2013 09:34 PM

The Spanish Government’s investment in Catalonia to drop by 25% in 2014

On Monday the Spanish Government presented its budget proposal for 2014. As every single year, it will only invest in Catalonia a much inferior budget share than Catalonia’s weight within Spain in GDP or population terms. In 2014, the...

The Catalan Parliament voting one of the motions resulting from the Debate on General Policy (by A. Moldes)

27 September 2013 10:08 PM

The Catalan Parliament approves requesting the Spanish Parliament to authorise a self-determination vote

In addition, the Catalan Chamber has also approved setting up the exact date, question and legal process for the self-determination vote before the end of the year. The resolution was approved with 65% of the Catalan Parliament’s members...

From left to right: Herrera (ICV-EUiA), Navarro (PSC) and Mas (CiU) (by R. Garrido)

26 September 2013 11:46 PM

A self-determination vote without a ‘third way’ and a more social budget for 2014

The President of the Catalan Government and leader of the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), Artur Mas, and the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party (ERC) agreed on speeding up the process of building “state...

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, addressing the Parliament on the first day of the General Policy Debate (by R. Garrido)

25 September 2013 10:47 PM

The Catalan President asks for a broad agreement to define the legal framework for a self-determination vote in 2014

On the occasion of the Catalan Parliament’s main annual debate, called the Debate on General Policy, the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, asked the political parties to work on a broad “triple agreement” on the...

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