October 2010

Catalonia, an excellent place to start a business

Antoni Abad's picture

According to the experts, the key variables involved in deciding where to start a new business are influenced by the proximity of: supply sources and first-class suppliers of all types; a qualified, motivated and abundant workforce at a competitive price; an excellent knowledge environment; a strategic location and quality infrastructures; strong markets; a dynamic financial environment; a high standard of living; and, an efficient government which is also supportive.

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Why keep a good thing under wraps?

D Sam Abrams's picture

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Joan Maragall’s birth in 1860.  And next year we commemorate the 100th anniversay of his death in 1911 at the early age of 50.

Two years, back to back, packed with all kinds of celebrations:  poetry recitals, dramatic readings, concerts, exhibits, documentaries, TV programs, monuments, literary walks, academic events, lectures, anthologies, critical editions, new books on the author...

Why all the fuss?  The answer is relatively easy.  Joan Maragall was a literary giant.

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The People’s Party of Catalonia’s campaign

Jordi Cornet's picture

The People’s Party of Catalonia (PPC) is running in the next autonomic elections with the objective of voicing the demand for a real change from Catalan society. The PPC is running with a serious political programme and solid teams, which guarantee the political renovation asked for by Catalans. The PPC is the real alternative to the Socialists, who have already shown the failure of their policies, and the CiU, which only has Catalan independence priorities on its agenda.

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Has the Catalan Government’s new funding model expired?

Maite Vilalta's picture

The Catalan Statute of Autonomy designs a model that matches two principles: fiscal autonomy and equity. It foresees that the Catalan Government has the capacity to decide on the largest part of its revenues (autonomy) and defines an equity criterion that must enable calculating what it gives to the rest of the autonomous governments in the concept of solidarity.

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The Economic Relations between Spain and Catalunya

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A Marriage of Convenience or an Impending Divorce?

Spain’s economic crisis has given added impetus to the growing sentiment for Catalan independence within this region, as evidenced by the emergence of new independence parties and increasing voices demanding independence, as seen in the massive march of July 10, 2010 in Barcelona. The economic crisis has not started this movement.  But by making the economic problems in Spain more immediate and deeper and hitting more people and by making the economic relations between the autonomic governments and the central government more visible, it has mightily contributed to it, along with recently adverse rulings on the Catalan Constitution, or the “Estatut” (not the subject of this article).

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Catalonia, a new European state

Joan Puigcercós's picture

Twenty-four years after joining the European Union (EU), the EU still does not officially recognise our language, the Catalan language. Spain and its representatives have made all kinds of efforts to avoid this recognition during all these years. They do not care, and are not at all bothered that Gaelic, which is spoken by some 70,000 people, is already an official EU language. They do not want to see the Catalan language reach this status, though it is spoken by more than 9 million European citizens.

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Fighting Alzheimer’s - a worldwide priority

Jordi Camí's picture

The extraordinary increase of life expectancy in developed countries is provoking a universally demographic aging process triggered by the 20th century’s technological and scientific progresses and the adoption of a healthier lifestyle in wealthy societies. Along this process, certain illnesses, disabilities and functional limitations have been confined to older ages. Noteworthy, neurodegenerative illnesses remain as an exception to the statement above.

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The treasury bonds: the 3-party coalition’s end

Joana Ortega's picture

Today everybody coincides in saying that unemployment and the economic crisis are the worst problems we have. There are others, but with almost six-hundred thousand unemployed people and our damaged economy, the new Government resulting from the 28th of November elections will have to react vigorously to improve employment and generate wealth.

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Pending transitions

Ignasi Centelles's picture

Even if the Spanish transition to democracy has been considered a successful example of a peaceful and consensual road towards a democratic regime for a long time, its actual development is somehow proof that there is still a lot of work to be done. In Madrid in 1975, the elites in power agreed to make the necessary steps forward towards democratisation after the dictator’s death. The process was conditioned to a high degree of tolerance towards fascist institutions, administration structure, the State and amnesty for those ruling Franco’s regime.

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New exhibition at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies

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The Fundació Antoni Tàpies is hosting an exhibition on the artist Anna Maria Maiolino (curated by Helena Tatay), a Brazilian artist of Italian origin (Scalea, 1942). The retrospective includes drawings, photographs, films, sculptures, installations and a series of ephemeral pieces made of clay, created specifically for the exhibition, just days before the inauguration in collaboration with students and other professionals.

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