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5 reasons for an optimistic 2015

Miquel Valls's picture

We ended 2014 with an economic balance that leaves us with five pieces of good news. The first one is that the Catalan economy created jobs in 2014, for the first time since the start of the crisis. The second one: the industrial sector has confirmed its recovery and started to create employment, mainly thanks to the good results obtained by the Catalan external sector. In addition, construction has left recession behind, after 7 consecutive years of decline.

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The Future is what is at stake

Santi Fisas's picture

The next European Parliament elections, to be held on the 25th of May, are essential. We will decide the position we want Spain to occupy in Europe, and the Europe we want for Spain. This 25th of May recovery is what is at stake, because Spain cannot go back to the bailout and budget cut threats. People can prioritise continuing on the growth path or having the PSOE's policies back, those who hid the crisis, who ruined Spain and who put the country to the edge of bankruptcy and bailouts.

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Labour reform or greed’s voracious and unfair irrationality

Joan Carles Gallego's picture

The much announced labour reform, which breaks the labour relation rules of the game, has invaded (via the use of political power) the natural framework of conflict resolution in the corporate and labour world between businessmen and workers, between business-owner associations and trade unions. Everything is an attack on democratic proceedings: it neither respects information and previous consultation rights with representative unions, which is guaranteed by law in relation to social policy issues

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Spain’s Deficit Targets For 2012

Edward Hugh's picture

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t

Things in Spain are never exactly what they seem to be. This is a painful lesson that even Angela Merkel must have learnt in recent days, especially since she put her credibility so much on the line in backing the country’s deficit reduction efforts. “Spain has really done its homework and I think it is on the right track,” is the message she has been trying to sell to the world. Finding out that the Spanish deficit was not the 6% of GDP she had been promised, but a minimum of 8.2% in 2011 cannot have been a pleasant experience for her.

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The dividend of cooperation

Fèlix Riera's picture

Being in a deep economic crisis, which has already gripped us for three years, means that we must reflect on how to fight its effects, but first we have to take note of the following: there is no margin left to reduce costs further in order to compensate the 15% drop in cultural consumption; the price of cultural services has decreased by 1.3% and turnover has dropped by 7.2%; and, funding lines are becoming increasingly more elusive for companies, both private and public corporations.

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The corridor Europe needs

Miquel Valls's picture

The European single market’s competitiveness within the global economy’s framework requires, as a necessary condition, an efficient transport system regarding the economic, social and environmental costs. In this regard, prioritising the Mediterranean Corridor is the paradigmatic example of a long-term strategy implemented by the European Commission through its Trans-European Transport Network proposal.

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Barcelona, a tourist destination with a future

Joan Gaspart's picture

Tourism is one of Barcelona’s economic strengths. Nowadays, tourism is one of the more solid features of the Catalan capital. This summer, the leisure and travel sector brought very good news to our economy. The Spanish State, Catalonia and the city of Barcelona have enjoyed a period of high tourist demand, with good figures and business. I wish other economic sectors in our country were in a similar situation, considering the demand, the clients, the consumers.

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Barcelona: Catalan and great Spanish capital

Alberto Fernández Díaz's picture

The objective of the People’s Party in these municipal elections is to obtain the needed support of citizens to steer political change in Barcelona’s City Council in the right direction. We cannot go beyond three decades of Socialist government, which has left the Catalan capital in a deplorable situation regarding security, antisocial behaviour, and with severe cases of non-fulfilment in infrastructure; a nationalist government backed by pro-independence supporters, who base their strategy on identity-related objectives and not on city-model ones.

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Think small to become bigger

Josep González's picture

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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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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