Leading foreign investment attraction in Europe

Núria Betriu's picture

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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Convergència’s proposal for the new State

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Convergència sees the 26-J Spanish Elections as a new opportunity to explain our commitment to defend Catalonia with facts, here and in Madrid. Our trajectory supports us. Convergència has acted as a cross party, beyond confined ideologies, with the vocation of moving forward the country as a whole. Therefore, the national subject has always been strongly attached to economic and social progress, two sides of the same coin.

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Spain's trilemma

Toni Roldan's picture

On the 26th of June, Spain will be confronted with a trilemma. On the one hand, the old traditional centre-right and centre-left parties will offer the same failed recopies of the past to tackle unemployment, improve education and move forward on institutional reform, the three main challenges the country faces. In many ways the lack of reform ambition of these parties responds to a more profound problem: they strongly benefit - through rents, political appointments and relations with business - from a decaying establishment.

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Catalonia and Spain need a positive change

Meritxell Batet's picture

Dialogue, agreement and change. This is the recipe with which we the socialists face the new general elections on 26th June and the future of Catalonia and Spain.

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This is not about exchanging one flag for another, but improving the living conditions of Catalonia’s citizens

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Once again, we are at the gates of new Spanish elections and we are heading towards them due to the incapability of the political parties in the Spanish State to reach an agreement. Indeed, the ability of reaching agreements is not in the Spanish parties’ DNA and this has been proved every time it has been put to the test. Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) is facing these elections with calm, as we know we have kept our promises. Besides,we feel also certain that, for the first time ever, everything depends on us.

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Blanquerna Cultural Centre: A place for cultural production and democratic debate

Ferran Mascarell's picture

I’m pleased to address you at the beginning of my task as Delegate of the Government of Catalonia to Madrid. My aim, together with that of the group of professionals which works in the Delegation and at the Blanquerna Cultural Centre and Bookshop – whom I would like to thank for their extraordinary effort – is to continue promoting the work of the institutions of the Catalan government and the cultural, social and economic reality of Catalonia.

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Avoiding responsibilities is not a good idea

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Europe has recently asked the Spanish government, particularly the Spanish Minister for Finance, Cristóbal Montoro, to reformulate the budgetary provisions presented before the Spanish elections by cutting them by up to 8 billion euros. The IMF modified its growth forecasts for Spain after noticing the deviation from the deficit target. The Spanish government’s reaction was, as usual, to transfer the responsibility to the other public administrations.

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The European answer to the refugee crisis: Lessons from history

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The European Union faces nowadays the biggest challenge since its foundation, the refugee crisis, which has several, inter-related implications: large-scale arrivals of asylum-seekers to our continent, fragmentation of the Schengen area, the jihadist terrorism threat, wars and high instability in neighbouring countries and a weak socioeconomic situation created by the long economic crisis.

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