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16 November 2010 06:25 PM

Stereotypes about Catalonia - “I like Catalan ‘seny’, but where is the ‘rauxa’”?, says Teresa from New York

Justo Molinero, born in Andalucía and founder of a radio and TV station in Catalonia, answers: “Catalans are very serious people, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like to party and make jokes”.
Muslim man praying in El Prat, in the Barcelona metropolitan area (by B. Cazorla)

15 November 2010 11:37 PM

Immigration in Catalonia drops 1% in a year

The drop is primarily in the male immigrant population, while the female population experienced a slight increase.

15 November 2010 08:37 PM

Stereotypes about Catalonia – Tomanic: “My Balkan origins know that nationalism can be very dangerous”

Aleksandra Tomanic, a German with Balkan roots, tells CNA what she thinks about Catalonia and nationalism. Muriel Casals, president of the main NGO promoting Catalan culture and expert in International Relations, responds to Tomanic.
A tourist bus in Barcelona (by ACN)

09 November 2010 10:56 PM

All tourist apartments in Catalonia must have mandatory municipal licenses

The Catalan Government has approved a decree regulating tourist apartments. A flat rented for a period of less than 3 months is considered a “tourist” flat. As it performs an economic activity, it will now need a municipal license. Until now,...
Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero and the Pope met at the airport, just before going back to Rome (by EFE / A. Ballesteros)

07 November 2010 09:09 PM

The Pope meets with Prime Minister Zapatero before departing back to Rome

Zapatero refused to attend the ceremonies in Santiago de Compostela and in Barcelona. This meeting was the only one they shared during the Pope’s trip. Zapatero’s decision, announced several days ago, raised controversy in Spain. The Pope...
A gay couple kissing in front of the Pope onboard the Popemobile (by R. Garrido)

07 November 2010 03:16 PM

Benedict XVI criticises the “aggressive secularism” in Spain before starting his visit

The Pope decided to politicise his visit to Spain. He made a brief speech on the plane after leaving Rome in which he attacked what he called “the aggressive secularism” in Spain nowadays, which reminded him of the situation in the 1930s. It...

07 November 2010 01:59 PM

The Pope spoke in Catalan and praised the Sagrada Família basilica

The Pope has declared the temple a “basilica”. He has also praised Antoni Gaudí’s church and the architect’s talent. The Pope was cheered by believers along the streets of Barcelona on his way to the Sagrada Família. Protesters against...

07 November 2010 10:01 AM

More photos and videos from the Pope's visit

Photogragraphs and videos reporting on the Pope's visit to Barcelona can be found here

05 November 2010 10:09 PM

Everything is ready for the Pope’s visit to Barcelona

Barcelona is preparing the final details for the Pope’s visit. Benedict XVI is coming to Barcelona on Saturday night and will leave on Sunday evening. He is coming to declare the Sagrada Familia church a “basilica” and dedicate the temple to God.
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