Barcelona’s Mediterranean capital status

Senén Florensa's picture

Since last March, Barcelona has hosted its first international organisation: the Union for the Mediterranean’s Permanent Secretariat (UpM). After being born in the Catalan capital in 1995, re-launched in 2008 and renamed the Union for the Mediterranean (UpM), with its formal inauguration, the Barcelona Process now has its own institution. For the first time it will have its own body to articulate a new association and cooperation phase between both shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Catalan language’s vitality

Saül Gordillo's picture

Catalan is a Roman language with some 12 million speakers. This figure ranks Catalan as the 8th most spoken language in the European Union, the 20th most published in the world and the 10th most translated language. It is present in 4 different states (Spain, Andorra, France and Italy), being official in Spain and Andorra. It was forbidden during the 40 years of General Franco’s fascist dictatorship.

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Catalunya works for peace

Albert Caramés's picture

In 1986, Catalunya was one of the four autonomous communities (with the Canary Islands, Navarra and Euskadi) that voted against the continued membership of Spain in NATO. Since then, the Olympic Games of 1992 and the indisputable tourist attraction offer have put Catalunya on the map. Despite this, one of the things that makes me proud of my nation is the effort made to achieve a pacific environment.

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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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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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Rail freight - a common priority

Isabel Yglesias i Julià's picture

One of the challenges Europe has been facing for the past few years is enhancing the competitiveness of its economy. To reach this goal, logistics and transport play a key role. Competitiveness is no longer understood without sustainability. This is why switching from road to rail transport is a key priority for many European regions. This is also why, today, the review of European transport axis is not only relevant, but urgent.

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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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