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  • Exiled rapper Valtònyc in Brussels on September 16, 2019 (by Nazaret Romero)

    Belgium Court of Appeals orders repeat of rapper Valtònyc's extradition trial

    ACN | Barcelona
    18 January 2022 03:01 PM

    Artist wanted in Spain had won initial case to avoid serving 3.5-year prison sentence for content of lyrics

HIGHLIGHTS


The Catalan parliament bureau on January 18, 2022 (by Marta Sierra)

Parliament bureau to reform system that paid retired public servants up to €150,000 annually

Ara report triggers change after around €1.7 m spent on "age license" fees every year since 2008
Espanyol's RCDE Stadium. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Spain men's national football team to play in Catalonia for first time in 18 years

Friendly match against Albania at RCD Espanyol stadium on March 26
Image of the Ocho Patas restaurant in Barcelona, on October 15, 2021 (by Aina Martí)

10-person limit on gatherings, capacity limits, and closure of nightclubs extended

All restrictions except curfew will remain in place for at least another week

COVID-19


Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

On December 27, 2020, 89-year-old Josefa Pérez became first resident to receive a dose
Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020
Barcelona's La Rambla boulevard during the first night of the curfew on December 24, 2021 (by Laura Fíguls)

Curfew to end at midnight on Thursday night

Authorities confirm nightly stay-at-home order in place since December 24 will not be extended 

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


Members of the Catalan parliament during a vote in the chamber (by Mariona Puig)

Catalan parliament pays retired public servants over €1.7m annually

Some employees get full salary of up to €150,000 per year, according to ARA newspaper
Former Spanish government delegate in Catalonia Teresa Cunillera (by ACN)

Spanish government delegate in Catalonia resigns

Teresa Cunillera leaves saying the political situation has "considerably improved" and will be...
Catalan activist Jordi Cuixart on a prison permit (by Àlex Recolons)

Jordi Cuixart steps down as president of pro-independence group Òmnium

After 6 years and being imprisoned for the 2017 vote, he is likely to be succeeded by Xavier Antich

SOCIETY


Officers from the Special Intervention Group (GEI) at Passatge de Foret, where police believed that the man who injured two people in Barcelona was hiding, January 15, 2022. (by Sílvia Jardí)

Man detained in Barcelona shooting investigation

Police say suspect who fired shots injuring two is still at large 
Area in Sitges under review in the Urban Development Plan, January 12, 2022 (by Gerard Escaich Folch)

Catalonia’s future coast in the hands of the government, builders, and society

Three urban development plans to review and regulate housing projects

BUSINESS


Electricity prices have been rising since summer 2021 (by Loperena, M.)

Inflation rises to 6.1% in Catalonia in December, a new record-high

Unprecedented CPI levels attributed to higher cost of utilities
Visitors at the entrance to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2019 (by Laura Pous)

Sony pulls its in-person participation at this year's Mobile World Congress

Trade show was confirmed this week to take place in first week of March as originally planned
The Mahle factory in Vilanova i la Geltrú (by Gemma Sánchez)

Mahle workers and management agree compensation worth €37 million

Vehicle piston manufacturer will close its Catalan plant at the end of January, laying off 343...

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

Curfew in towns with high Covid rates, 10-person gatherings, and new capacity limits 

On December 27, 2020, 89-year-old Josefa Pérez became first resident to receive a dose

CULTURE


Image from the presentation of the 2021 Most Festival, June 2021 (by Gemma Sánchez)

Catalonia’s Wine Cultures Museum launches new program of film screenings

VINSEUM in Vilafranca del Penedès will highlight different wine regions around the world...
'A cobert', a new arts and culture center in the town of Moià (by Gemma Aleman)

Old rural pigsty converted into a cultural center

‘A cobert’ in Moià aims to promote artistic creation and critical thinking

LIFE & STYLE


Image from a past edition of the Untasted Fest (image from Untasted)

Untasted beer festival comes to Barcelona in February

Celebration of local and international craft brews will be held in Estació de França train...
Elies Miró, president of Barcelona's pastry chefs association, with baked 'tortells de Reis', on January 3, 2022 (by Lourdes Casademont)

One million 'tortells de Reis' cakes ready to celebrate epiphany

Centuries-long January 6 tradition not stopped by Covid but desserts sold are smaller this year...
The Three Kings upon arrival in Barcelona's port, on January 5, 2022 (by Pilar Tomás)

Three Kings arrive in Catalonia with face masks and limited parades

'Future will be much better than past, no doubts,' says Melchior in Barcelona, as kids flocked to...

SPORTS


FC Barcelona fans in the Camp Nou (by Cillian Shields)

FC Barcelona Femení sell out Camp Nou for Real Madrid clash

World record attendance for women's football possible after 85,000 tickets sold
FC Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium (by Cillian Shields)

Barça Femení sell record 70,000 tickets for Camp Nou clash

Team's first match with fans at historic venue is against Real Madrid in Champions League...

TECH & SCIENCE


Medical professionals carry out a lung transplant in July 2021 (image from Vall d'Hebron hospital)

2021 sees rise in organ transplants after pandemic related drop

1,063 procedures took place in 2021, the fourth most ever seen in a year in Catalonia
Satellite image of the Ebre River Delta taken in 2021 (NASA)

NASA: Ebre River Delta 'shape and form no longer controlled by the river, but by sea waves'

Satellite images document erosion caused by lack of sediment flow and climate change

IN DEPTH


Aiguablava beach, Begur, on the Costa Brava (Ajuntament de Begur)

PODCAST: Saturation point? – Development versus conservation on the Catalan coast

From the Costa Brava to the Ebre Delta, how are environmental concerns shaping urban planning? 
Filling the Sink Logo (ACN)

PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 

CATALAN TRIAL


Former Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell in the Supreme Court during the Catalan Trial (image from Supreme Court)

Former parliament speaker’s appeal against sedition conviction rejected

Constitutional Court upholds Supreme Court verdict against Carme Forcadell, paving the way for...
Jordi Sànchez is applauded at the National Day protest on September 11, 2021 (by Sílvia Jardí)

Pardoned independence leader Sànchez takes case to European Court of Human Rights

Activist-turned-politician wants an "unequivocal correction" of his sentence and criticizes...