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The Catalan MEPs with the European Commissioner Androulla Vassilliou (centre) (by A. Segura)

25 April 2013 01:56 AM

Rajoy's measures against linguistic immersion questioned by Brussels and the Spanish State Council

The European Commissioner for Education, Culture and Multilingualism, promised Catalan Euro MPs to ask the Spanish Government – chaired by Mariano Rajoy - about the Education Reform it is preparing, which goes against the linguistic immersion...
Pupils in a school in Tarragona (by R. Segura)

11 April 2013 12:11 AM

Catalonia’s Supreme Court asks for Spanish to be made a teaching language in schools if a single pupil requests it

The Catalan Education Minister will appeal the decision to the Spanish Supreme Court and meanwhile will not follow the petition of the Catalan Supreme Court (TSJC). The Minister stressed that “the classroom language cannot change just because a...
A student hall at UPC's Castelldefels Campus (by B. Cazorla)

09 April 2013 05:03 PM

Nine US and four Catalan universities aim to promote international masters programmes together

The Consortium for Advanced Studies of Barcelona (CASB), made up of 9 of the most important universities from the United States and 4 Catalan public universities from Barcelona, is considering implementing international masters degree programmes...
The new IPHES building at the URV's Sescelades Campus (by M. C. Griso)

06 April 2013 01:27 AM

A world-leading centre in human evolution unveils new facilities in Tarragona

The Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) is one of the 3 centres with the highest scientific production internationally in its field. It is directed by Eudald Carbonell, the palaeontologist who has been directing...
Biomass produced from Catalan forests (by ACN)

05 April 2013 07:36 PM

Catalan firm participates in a European project investigating how to make plastic from vegetal biomass

The firm QNORM, located in the Scientific and Technologic Park of the Girona University (UdG), participates in a European project that aims to transform vegetal biomass into plastic. The project, which is called BioConSepT (bio-conversion and...
Catalan Riot Police at a demonstration in Barcelona during the last General Strike (by O. Campuzano)

25 March 2013 06:58 PM

The use of rubber bullets by Catalan Police is being discussed in Parliament

The use of rubber bullets by the Catalan Police is at the centre of a fierce social and political debate. The Catalan Parliament has recently decided to create a commission in order to discuss the methods used by riot police, which is expected to...
A family being evicted from its home in L'Hospitalet del Llobregat in June 2011 (by ACN)

22 March 2013 11:25 PM

Catalonia led the number of evictions ordered in Spain in 2012

Catalan first instance courts ordered 25,422 evictions last year, representing 25.1% of the total number in Spain. Two weeks ago the European Court of Justice declared the Spanish Mortgage Law to be abusive towards citizens. Home evictions have...
TV3 workers protesting in front of the station headquarters for a recent restructuring (by E. Romagosa)

20 March 2013 09:46 PM

The Catalan Public TV & Radio Broadcaster’s budget drops from €348 million to €296 million - 17% less

The Catalan Government’s grant will be reduced by 14% and revenue from advertising is expected to decrease by 10%. The budget reduction has been approved with loud protests from the workers, since it will mostly affect labour costs, which may...
Barcelona High Court (by O. Campuzano)

18 March 2013 09:11 PM

Italian bombings of Barcelona during Spanish Civil War to be investigated by provincial High Court

During the Spanish Civil War, from 1936 to 1939, Franco’s rebels received military help from Italy among other countries. The Italian Legionary Air Force, based in Mallorca, was responsible for the aerial bombardment of the city of Barcelona...
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