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Independent Catalonia could have “resuscitation effect” on “struggling” Europe, says Arthur Brooks

May 19, 2017 07:12 PM | ACN

The president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Arthur Brooks, explained in an interview with the CNA how the impact of an independent Catalonia on the European Union “could in a strange and paradoxical way have the greatest benefit that Europe could imagine”. The renowned American social scientist said that Catalonia, with its entrepreneurial culture, could become “an example” to other countries and have a “resuscitation effect” on a “struggling” Europe. Brooks also stated that “the Catalan independence movement is not populist”. Brooks was invited by the Catalan Council of Public Diplomacy (DIPLOCAT) to give a conference on “Populism and Human Dignity” in Barcelona on May 17.

Prices rose by 0.3% in November, annual inflation 1%

December 13, 2016 02:31 PM | ACN

The winter season in the clothing and footwear industry, as well as an increase in the price of electricity, led to a 0.3% increase in the price index during November in comparison to the previous month and brought the annual inflation rate in November in Catalonia to 1%. This is the highest annual rate recorded in Catalonia since August 2013, when the figure reached 1.7%However, the evolution of annual inflation, in minimum rates, is still being restrained by fuel prices, which fell in November, in comparison to the stability that was recorded during the same month last year. According to data released this Tuesday by the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE), the annual inflation rate in Catalonia is the highest in Spain, followed by Navarra (0.9%), Asturias (0.8%) and the Canary Islands (0.8%).