Catalonia

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

Vicenç Ferrer's picture

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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Legality in a unilateral declaration of independence

Víctor Terradellas's picture

This summer I got to know and studied the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest legal instance in the United Nations, which considers Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence legal according to the principles of international law.

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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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The Catalan foreign policy

Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira's picture

Catalonia has always understood that internationalisation is an inevitable responsibility as an engine for prosperity, welfare and opportunities for the country. The universities, research centres, businesses, cultural creators, and the media have always understood this. Media with a country-centred vision, such as the ACN, make the world aware of our reality.

 

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Positioning Catalonia in the world

Artur Mas's picture

Catalonia’s geographic location and the open character of Catalan people have always helped us to be a country in contact with the world. Catalonia has historically been a land of passage, both by the many people who have passed through it and by the many others who have decided to stay in it. The entrepreneurial and globetrotting character of Catalan people has made our presence abroad numerous and intense.

 

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The 10-J spirit

Muriel Casals's picture

Saturday, the 10th of July, will forever be remembered in Catalonia as a very special day. Instead of the usual movement of people towards the beaches, on this sunny and hot afternoon, hundreds of thousands of Catalans headed to their capital city, Barcelona.

This action was to spread a message to ourselves, Spanish political authorities and the world that we want to decide on our own future as a nation in the process of building the European motherland.

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A new window to project Catalonia into the world

José Montilla's picture

Catalonia is opening a window to the world with the Catalan News Agency (CNA), a new communication media for the 21st century. Both innovative and brave, the project is Catalan but with an international dimension. It will explain who we are, what we produce, what we possess, how we innovate, investigate, and create. It will do so through the Internet, the most global media, and it will do so in English, the most universal language. We are, without a doubt, looking at good news for our country.

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