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Catalonia will find a way

Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida's picture

If we were to consider only objective data, it would take just a moment to realise that Catalonia's current situation is extremely worrying. The ruling of the Constitutional Court, which annuls essential parts of the new Statute of Autonomy, has shown that Catalonia's aspirations of self-government, formulated democratically in accordance with existing legislation, are incompatible with the interpretation of the Spanish Constitution.

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A strong Catalonia emerges from the crisis

Antoni Castells's picture

The complexity and intensity of the economic crisis we have faced in the past two years has been unprecedented, but today we can say that the world has left the recession behind. Now, it is time to look forward and also to learn from past experience, from the mistakes that have caused this crisis. In the same way that if we are now leaving the crisis it is because the world has learnt from past experience, especially from the Great Depression, in the thirties of the twentieth century.

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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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Efficiency, not size

Lluís Saurí's picture

The case for Europe to enhance its competitiveness in the global economy has been made recurrently over the last years. The Lisbon strategy formulated a decade ago included a number of measures that should have transformed the European Union into the ‘most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world’ by 2010. Little doubt, our efforts fell short.

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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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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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