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16 December 2010 10:45 PM

The Catalan Parliament kicked off its 9th term by electing Bureau

As expected, Núria de Gispert became the first woman to chair the Catalan Parliament, which has its origins in the 13th Century and is one of the oldest Parliaments in the world. The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) holds 4 of the...

14 December 2010 11:14 PM

Renfe to continue operating Catalonia’s short-distance and regional trains in 2011

The Catalan Government approved the continued operation of short distance trains in the Barcelona metropolitan area and regional trains within Catalonia by the public Spanish train operator Renfe. Short-distance trains have been a responsibility...
Artur Mas (at the front) with Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida during today's press conference (by P. Mateos)

10 December 2010 10:25 PM

Some light shed on the new Catalan Government: Duran i Lleida to stay in Madrid

The second most important person within the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition, Convergència i Unió (CiU), will not form part of the new Catalan Government. Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida will remain in Madrid as the CiU’s spokesperson in...

07 December 2010 09:32 PM

Spanish Government says there won't be more air strikes during Christmas

Zapatero's government justifies the decision to declare the state of alert and guarantees that the Christmas holidays will not suffer any disruptions. However, passengers face new threats as ground staff considers taking industrial action against...

03 December 2010 12:10 PM

The Union for the Mediterranean cannot function without the Member States commitment, states its Secretary General

In an interview with ACN, Ahmad Masa’deh affirms that the UfM should work aside the Middle East political conflict and focus on economic and social projects. The Euro-Mediterranean Summit has been postponed twice this year and most of the Member...
The entrance to the UfM headquarters, in the Palace of Pedralbes (by M. Fernández)

03 December 2010 12:02 PM

The Union for the Mediterranean budget drops by 60% and Member State experts have not yet been sent in

The organisation’s headquarters in Barcelona are half-empty with only 25 people currently working. The Arab-Israeli conflict is stopping the UfM's set up and the start of projects. The Secretary General of the UfM states that the organisation's...
Artur Mas, Catalan President to be, next to Duran i Lleida (with glasses) (by P. Mateos)

29 November 2010 10:11 PM

Catalonia, the day after

Artur Mas began his role as future president, announcing he will collaborate with all and that his first priority is “lifting up Catalonia”. The Socialist leader José Montilla rejected his Parliamentary seat. From Madrid, the People’s Party...

29 November 2010 01:53 AM

Catalonia sends a strong message and changes political landscape

The Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition, ‘Convergència i Unió’ (CiU) wins. The Centre-Right forces get a clear majority in the Catalan Parliament. The governing Left-Wing parties collapse. The Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) gets the...

28 November 2010 10:00 PM

Convergència i Unió (CiU), Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition, predicted at just below absolute majority

Exit polls predict that Artur Mas, CiU’s leader, will very likely be able to govern alone, with between 63-66 seats. The Catalan Socialist Party may collapse, losing more than 10 seats and getting between 24 and 27 seats. The parties in the...
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