Catalonia, a leading tourist destination

Octavi Bono's picture

Catalonia is one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe. From January to October 2016, it received 16 million foreign tourists, which is 4.2% more than in the same period in 2015, and they spent more than 15.4 billion euros.

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‘Proxima b’ and the (small) human component of a career in science

Guillem Anglada-Escudé's picture

The discovery of a planet with some features similar to Earth has surprised many. The human story behind this breakthrough however is less known. For instance, that the team which has made the discovery is as multinational as it is precarious. As opposed to what happens in other professional careers, surviving in the scientific field nowadays is a savage task. A clear example of this is that each researcher who has a ‘position’ usually supervises and produces one new PhD student per year, on average.

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Why Europe must raise its voice in support of Carme Forcadell

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In my work as Sinn Féin’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson I regularly meet with Catalan political parties and Catalan Government officials. Sinn Féin is very clear about Catalan independence- Catalans have a right to self-determination and they should be allowed to decide their future through a democratic referendum. 

Despite being familiar with ongoing political issues in Catalonia and the roadmap to independence, and have to admit I was shocked when I heard of the pending prosecution of Ms Carme Forcadell by the Spanish authorities.

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Democracy must be defended everywhere

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Democracy is indivisible in Europe and must be defended everywhere. That is why members of the UK Parliament, from four political parties, have signed a motion in solidarity with the President of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell, criticising her prosecution by Spanish authorities for allowing a debate on an independence referendum in Catalonia. Our motion, supported by SNP, Labour, Welsh and Northern Ireland MPs, calls on the Madrid government to reconsider Ms Forcadell’s prosecution and instead seek a democratic dialogue with Catalan representatives.

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For Barcelona, Brexit means collaboration

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First of all, I’d like to say that ‘Brexit’ is bad news for us. Our hope would be for the UK to remain within the EU. However, the referendum’s result is beyond appeal and, as democrats, we must respect the British people’s verdict.

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For a future that is very near

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Everything is “A punt”, we’re “on our marks” for the 11th of September demonstration, for the “Diada”, Catalonia’s National Day. For a future that is near, very near. 

This year’s event will be held simultaneously in 5 cities across Catalonia, as well as in 50 more cities around the world. 

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Catalans, thanks for the Miracle that you shared!

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I am with you in my thoughts on the important Diada on September 11, and I wish to share thanks with you and tell you an amazing story about how Catalonia has inspired Latvia.

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Leading foreign investment attraction in Europe

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A few days ago it was announced that Amazon will open a logistics centre in Barcelona in 2017, entailing an investment of 200 million euros and creating 1,500 jobs. This latest announcement is one of the most recent examples demonstrating how Catalonia has been able to create a name for itself internationally as an innovative and creative land, with a flair for industry and, above all, as a place firmly connected to the rest of the world.

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The reception of refugees: A state-managed model, but the Catalan institutions can still do a lot

Pascale Coissard's picture

The figures on the reception of refugees in Spain are appalling: indeed, Spain received only 1% of the total asylum applications of the European Union last year.

The few who make it to Spain often choose Catalonia to start a new life: Catalonia received around 1,300 asylum applications last year; it therefore needs a good reception system that allows the refugees to become and feel that they are full citizens.

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Don't let us down

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“Do not let us down” was the impassioned plea to members of the European Parliament this week by the SNP’s Alyn Smith.  Speaking on behalf of a nation facing the real prospects of being dragged from the EU despite the democratic vote of the people of Scotland to stay raises some difficult questions for EU lawmakers.

The strong Scottish vote to remain in The EU appears to have softened the previously hard-line views of some senior EU officials towards Scotland and our independence movement.

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