September 2010

Modernising the labour market

Juan Rosell's picture

Yesterday’s call for a general strike was unnecessary and very harmful for our businesses and economy. The strike went against legitimate decisions taken by the Spanish Government and endorsed by the Spanish Parliament. It also challenges reform agreements in social security and collective bargaining that still need to be negotiated. According to the data released by various governmental and economic agencies, the strike had a little impact.

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General strike

Joan Carles Gallego's picture

The call for a general strike is largely justified by the abrupt move made by the Spanish Government to face the crisis. Tax stimulation and social protection policies were put aside in early 2010 precisely when we were starting to benefit from them. There were shy signals of economic recovery, an increase in business confidence and a change in the trend of job destruction.

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A country moving back to the 19th century

Josep Maria Àlvarez's picture

The labour market reform approved by José Luis Zapatero’s Government has been the strongest attack against labour and social rights in Spain during the last 30 years. In addition, it consists of deficit reduction measures, such as decreasing Public Administration staff wages by 5% and freezing pensions. This means a surprising and deceiving move towards the right-wing, which shows a total submission to economic powers and means going backwards to the 19th century.

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The Catalan catharsis

Albert Rivera's picture

In this article, I would like to talk about some facts that have been happening in the Catalan society these past months and that represent the most important phenomenon that has occurred here in the last thirty years. I’m not referring to the deplorable process of passing the new Statue of Autonomy of Catalonia, nor to the Constitutional Court sentence that has had to correct a few excesses made in this area.

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Rail freight - a common priority

Isabel Yglesias i Julià's picture

One of the challenges Europe has been facing for the past few years is enhancing the competitiveness of its economy. To reach this goal, logistics and transport play a key role. Competitiveness is no longer understood without sustainability. This is why switching from road to rail transport is a key priority for many European regions. This is also why, today, the review of European transport axis is not only relevant, but urgent.

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Catalonia: A left-wing exit to a right-wing crisis

Joan Herrera's picture

Catalonia is facing, like the rest of Europe, a threat of the dismantlement of the Welfare State. The solutions that have been proposed to come out of the crisis are simply awful. We wanted to rebuild capitalism, but neoliberalism is once again winning in rising out of the crisis, which was provoked by the same neoliberal model. Like Greece and Ireland, President Zapatero has followed the demands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by the book.

 

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Crisis and opportunities

Salvador Alemany's picture

The uneven effect that the crisis has had in corporate balance sheets illustrates various effects due to differentiated strategies. The companies that have profited from these years of economic growth by entering into new markets, enlarging their geographic base and diversifying their activities thanks to their know-how and managing capacities, have consolidated a more balanced and sustainable model.

 

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Catalonia’s passion for cuisine

Carme Ruscalleda's picture

It may seem that cuisine and gastronomy are trendy nowadays in Catalonia, as newspapers and magazines are full of recipes and articles about chefs. However, there are other reasons, reasons with far more weight, filled with history, which explain this trend without having to justify it by something as ephemeral as trends. In fact, one of the oldest recipe books of Europe is written in Catalan: the ‘Llibre de Sent Soví’ (‘Book of Sent Soví’), an anonymous text from the 14th century.

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Focused on what is really important

Alícia Sánchez-Camacho's picture

This autumn we will celebrate the autonomous elections in Catalonia. Judging by headline news, it would seem that the debate around themes such as the Statute for Autonomy or independence is what Catalans care about the most. This could not be any further from the reality. One only needs to step down to the street to realise that the great majority of Catalans have other problems. 

 

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The Barcelona Stock Exchange

Joan Hortalà i Arau's picture

The Barcelona Stock Exchange was organised as a “Free Market” until 1914, refusing the possibility of becoming an official market when the 1831 law was passed , which regulated the creation of this kind of establishments. In fact, the Madrid Stock Exchange was formed under this law.

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