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10 January 2011 11:01 PM

ETA declares a “permanent” ceasefire, in “general terms” and internationally “verifiable”

The Spanish Government states “it’s good news but not THE news” it was waiting for. The Socialist Party, the People’s Party and most of the Spanish opinion leaders insist that ETA’s only way out is through its own total disarmament and...

05 January 2011 06:43 PM

A Social media expert is the new director for the governments’ Communication Strategy

Jordi Cuminal will have the task of communicating the government's activities to Catalan citizens. Communications is one of the most challenging departments, and was a serious test for his predecessor

04 January 2011 07:47 PM

Masterplan to reduce the size of the government

Artur Mas, the newly elected Catalan president has a new plan up his sleeve. He will cut 23% of the high-ranking positions and reduce the number of political advisers. Public organisations and quangos will also be affected by this austerity...

03 January 2011 08:23 PM

Descendants of exiled republicans of the Civil War recover their own past

Up to 1.000 French have applied for dual citizenship in a move to 'honour' their relatives, who suffered the consequences of the war and were sent into exile
Francesc Homs: Artur Mas' right hand in the Government (by P. Mateos)

31 December 2010 03:16 PM

Francesc Homs: from the party’s ‘bone’ to the Government’s ‘bone’

Francesc Homs is Artur Mas’ right-hand man in the CiU leadership and the director of the last elections’ programme. Homs is the CiU’s policy developer and now he will coordinate the new Catalan Government. Homs will continue being Mas’...
Germà Gordó: the new Government Secretary (by CiU)

31 December 2010 03:02 PM

Germà Gordó: the right-hand man in the shadow

The new Secretary of the Government was the party’s CFO and one of Artur Mas’ most trusted collaborators. As his duties were internal, Gordó was not a well-known figure. However, his role in the party was essential, as it will in the new...
Boi Ruiz, this morning in his new office (by O. Burgada)

30 December 2010 11:40 PM

Boi Ruiz: from directing the private health sector to managing the Health Ministry

The new Catalan Minister for Health comes from the private sector and he is an independent. As the Chair of the Catalan Union of Hospitals, the health business-owners association, he proposed to pay for some service in public hospitals. His main...
Josep Lluís Cleries arriving this morning at the Ministry's headquarters (by B. Cazorla)

30 December 2010 11:24 PM

Josep Lluís Cleries: from managing scouts and volunteers to Social Welfare and Family policies

The new Catalan Minister for Social Welfare and Family was the CiU’s representative in the Catalan Parliament for this portfolio for the seven years in which the CiU was in the opposition. He comes from the scout and volunteering world, in which...
Irene Rigau during a press conference in the Catalan Parliament (by P. Francesch)

30 December 2010 11:00 PM

Irene Rigau: a veteran politician and teacher in charge of Education

The new Catalan Minister for Education was the CiU’s manager of this portfolio for seven years, while the party was not in power. She has experience, both as a primary school and university teacher. Over the last 30 years, she has held several...
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