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Rajoy (left) and Mas (right) at last September's meeting in Madrid (by ACN)

27 March 2013 08:29 PM

The Spanish Prime Minister and the Catalan President secretly met and agreed to relax the deficit targets

According to Catalan and Spanish Government sources, the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and the President of the Catalan Executive, Artur Mas, secretly met this week in Madrid. They mainly talked about the deficit targets for 2013 and...
Andreu Mas-Colell (left) and Cristóbal Montoro (right) before Thursday's meeting (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

21 March 2013 11:41 PM

The Spanish Government will relax the Autonomous Communities’ deficit targets and is open to setting them on individual basis

The Spanish Finance Minister, Crístobal Montoro, confirmed that if Brussels relaxes Spain’s total deficit target for 2013, he will share this flexibility with the Autonomous Communities’ governments. A working group has been created to...
Oriol Pujol announcing he was "delegating" his party and parliamentary roles (by P. Mateos)

19 March 2013 10:57 PM

The 'number 3' of the governing Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) is indicted for influence peddling

The Supreme Court of Catalonia (TSJC) has indicted Oriol Pujol, who is the ‘number three’ of the CiU – who run the Catalan Government – over a case of influence peddling regarding an irregular public tender for technical vehicle inspection...
A protest banner in Cyprus (by Iorgos Karahalis / Reuters)

18 March 2013 10:58 PM

Javier Solana is "surprised" about Cyprus' tax on individual bank deposits

The former leader of the European Union diplomacy and now an International Relations professor at the Barcelona-based ESADE business school, Javier Solana, stated that it is “difficult” to believe that such a measure could be implemented in...
Representatives from the UfM's Parliamentary Assembly met in Barcelona on Friday (by M. Fernández Noguera)

15 March 2013 11:00 PM

The President of the European Parliament asks the EU for “more investment” in the Union for the Mediterranean

Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, while in Barcelona, has asked for a greater involvement by the European Union and its members in the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), which has its headquarters in the Catalan Capital....
Daniel Fernández at Friday's press conference (by P. Mateos)

15 March 2013 10:56 PM

The ‘number three’ in the Catalan Socialist Party is indicted for influence peddling

Catalonia’s Supreme Court (TSJC) has announced the indictment of Daniel Fernández, a Member of the Catalan Parliament and Organisation Secretary in the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC). Fernández has resigned from his party and Parliamentary...
The Catalan Government posts a debt of €50.95 billion at the end of 2012 (by ACN)

14 March 2013 08:09 PM

The Catalan Government posts a debt of €50.95 billion at the end of 2012

The Catalan Finance Minister, Andreu Mas-Colell has announced that the Catalan Government had a public debt of €50,948 million on the 31st of December, 2012. Catalonia’s debt has increased by €16 billion in only 2 years due to the financial...
The Catalan Parliament urged the Spanish and Catalan governments to talk and allow a self-determination vote (by O. Campuzano)

13 March 2013 11:05 PM

77% of the Catalan Parliament supports Catalonia’s right to self-determination through a legal citizen vote

The Catalan Parliament has approved the same declaration that the Spanish Parliament rejected 2 weeks ago with 104 votes out of the 135 MPs. The text urges the Spanish and Catalan governments to talk and agree on the organisation of a legal...
'El Mundo' accusing Mas and Pujol of having secret accounts in Switzerland 9 days before the Catalan elections (by ACN)

12 March 2013 10:15 PM

The Spanish Government admits that the report accusing the Catalan President of corruption is not official

A few hours earlier, the Swiss bank Lombard Odier stated that the Catalan presidents Artur Mas and Jordi Pujol do not have any relationship with the company. The Spanish nationalist newspaper ‘El Mundo’ published a report 9 days before the...
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