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Alternative left wins Barcelona, Catalonia faces political changes

Marc Sanjaume's picture

The results of the local elections in Catalonia could be a turning point for Catalan politics with some important implications. The local elections occurred in a context of polarisation over the Catalan self-determination process, with Catalan elections on the horizon (unofficially called for the next September 27th), but also in one of indignation against the ruling parties in Madrid and Barcelona due to the effects of the economic crisis and austerity plans. The defeat in Barcelona of the ruling party CiU by Barcelona en Comú, a coalition of post-communists, social movements, and the new state-wide political force Podemos inspired by the Indignados Movement means a historical result for the alternative left that is now in position to rule the city and will probably need the support of the leftist secessionists of ERC and CUP.

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The positive change in Barcelona

Xavier Trias's picture

Barcelona needs a New Vision and a New Ambition. After 32 consecutive years of a municipal government run by the PSC and Socialist mayors, the Catalan capital has exhausted the model on which it moved forward during the 1980s and 1990s. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Barcelona has not been well guided; Barcelona has missed out on opportunities. While Barcelona society was pushing forward and offering itself to face the new challenges of a global world, the City Council was restricting the initiative of society.

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United we will push forward

Jordi Portabella's picture

The current economic crisis, together with the fiscal treatment Catalonia receives from the Spanish government, is making things difficult for many working and middle-class families, as well as our country’s entrepreneurs. In addition, the implementation of restraint policies and budget cuts means directly and negatively affecting the welfare state’s basic pillars, such as healthcare, education and infrastructure.

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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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More green left for a better Barcelona

Ricard Gomà's picture

A more human and more sustainable Barcelona. This is our coalition the ICV-EUiA’s objective, a left-wing and environmental force with great experience in the Catalan capital’s municipal government.

Over this last number of years, we have left our footprint on Barcelona City Council, with an advance in social and environmental policies, the areas we have led; a footprint that has added to our influence on the local government’s global action, always prioritising policies for the people, participation and proximity.

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For Barcelona being a creativity capital

Jordi Hereu's picture

Barcelona is a shining light on the global map of cities. It is a light of this kind according to different points of view, as all types of international rankings state. They see our city as an excellent business framework and a world reference point in the field of schools of management, a city with a strong corporate dynamic, a first level export centre or as the leader of Spain’s advancement towards a knowledge economy, with a definite focus on scientific and technological innovation.

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