March 2011

A Road Map for Catalan Culture in New York

Mary Ann Newman's picture

The first important sign may have been the proliferation of non-stop flights between New York and Barcelona—first Delta, then Continental, and, finally, American. The next was the manifest interest of the great cultural institutions of New York in programming Catalan cultural events: the Lincoln Center Film Society programmed a Catalan film retrospective (2006); the Metropolitan Museum showed “Barcelona and Modernity: From Gaudí to Dalí,” (2007); the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) wanted to program a festival of Catalan performing arts (this, unfortunately, did not come about).

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A new dawn for the Mediterranean

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The Arab democratic spring: a new dawn for the Mediterranean

 

It is a little known fact that Barcelona sits about the same distance from Algiers than from Madrid. The Arab revolts are big news for the world and bigger news for Europe, and they might become a defining moment for southern Europe and the Mediterranean project.  

The close links between southern European countries and their neighbours across the sea had their darkest side exposed by the Arab upheavals: the scandalous holidays of France’s elite at the expense of their corrupt hosts, Malta and Italy’s business dependence on the murderous Gaddafi family, Spain’s uncritical alignment with the Moroccan regime, all have been revealed to a great extent by the events of winter 2011.

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Think small to become bigger

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At the end of February, the European Commission made a positive evaluation of its strategy Small Business Act (SBA), launched in 2008 with the motto “think small first”. It aimed to strengthen small business role as the engine for economic growth and employment. Among other things, the Commission pointed out that 100,000 SMEs had profited from its special financial tools, payment deadlines had shortened and administrative processes had also been reduced, while public tenders were more accessible for SMEs.

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The Mediterranean Railway Corridor: a European priority

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FERRMED is a European-level multi-sectoral association, initiated by the business world, which has the following main objectives:

  • To enhance business competitiveness through the improvement of transportation systems, railway in particular.
  • To define a basic European network of freight railway transportation (Core Network) where the so-called FERRMED standards would be implemented.
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