Volunteering in Catalonia

Francina Alsina's picture

Social volunteering began to be developed and known in Catalonia at the end of the 19th century. However, it was not until the 20th century that the people undertaking such social action were called "volunteers".

The question that always comes to our minds is: why were the organisations created and run by volunteers born? The answer is quite simple: it was done in order to try to bring welfare and solutions to specific needs and matters that society of that time was facing.

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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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Which domain for an independent Catalonia?

Oriol Torres i Tornel's picture

Almost every user remembers the time when the most common internet domain was ‘.com’. As new ones were appearing and becoming increasingly popular, we got used to other ‘top-level domains’ – which is their technical name – such as the ‘.org’ and the ‘.net’. Currently, a great deal of domains exist and many more will be approved, because the situation has radically changed and because a business model has also been developed around this, mainly based – I’m afraid – on privileges and speculation.

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Spanish Government doesn't respect Franco's victims

Josep Cruanyes's picture

76 years ago, in 1939, Franco’s troops occupied Catalonia and carried out a massive requisition of documents of the Catalan Government and Parliament, political parties, trade unions, civil society organisations and citizens. The goal was to obtain information about people’s names and ideologies in order to carry out the large-scale political repression that followed. It was an operation oriented and inspired by the Nazi regime’s policies.

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Now is time for democracy

Muriel Casals's picture

Today, the National Day of Catalonia, we will live through a new historic day of citizen mobilisation to demand our right to decide. Thousands of Catalans will express our firm will to go to the polls on the coming November the 9th via a huge human mosaic in the heart of Barcelona. A unique and spectacular image that will display to the world our determination to vote.

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Catalonia: the conflict is democratic, not nationalistic

Eduardo Reyes's picture

In the last five years we have seen that the pro-independence movement in Catalonia, one of the most productive regions of Spain, has grown in a significant way. Some claim to see this as a sign of a lack of solidarity or of nationalistic selfishness, not understanding the real reasons which have brought us to this situation.

Catalonia has always led democratic reforms in Spain, and has contributed in a big way to solidarity with the rest of Spain's regions with its efforts. However, in 2010, after the verdict of the Constitutional Court against our self-government, it became evident that it was impossible to continue progressing towards a quasi-federal model within the current Spain

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Fiscal balances: an issue on the table

Marta Espasa's picture

A fiscal balance is a tool that measures the central government's redistribution impact among the Autonomous Communities. That is to say, this allows one to know the expenditure made by the central government in a given territory and the fiscal revenue obtained from that territory. The fiscal balance is the difference between the expenditure allocated and the revenue collected by the central government in a specific territory. Therefore, when an Autonomous Community posts a fiscal deficit, it means that the revenue the central government obtains from that territory is higher than the expenditure it makes. At the same time, a fiscal surplus indicates that the revenue obtained is lower than the expenditure.

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The fiscal drainage of Catalonia

Núria Bosch's picture

Catalonia suffers from a significant fiscal drainage towards Spain in the form of a large fiscal deficit. This is the difference between the Central Government’s public sector spending in Catalonia and the resources extracted from this Autonomous Community, mainly through taxation, by the Central Government.

Fiscal deficit data, all calculated using the same methodology, is available from 1986 until 2011. The average for 1986-2011 is 8% of GDP with a standard deviation around this average of only 0.9. Therefore, one can speak of a structural fiscal deficit that affects the Catalan economy recurrently.

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Catalonia towards self-determination in Europe

Marc Sanjaume's picture

The results of the European elections in Catalonia have several diverse implications for Catalan politics at a key moment for the country. First of all, the left-wing independence ERC's historical victory (23.7%), ahead of the governing centre-right CiU (21.9%), consolidates the referendum on Catalonia's political future scheduled for 9th of November next, which does not have the Spanish Government's support at this moment. Parties in favour of Catalonia's right to self-determination, the ERC (23.7%), CiU (21.9%), Green Socialists ICV (10.3%) and the alternative left party Podemos (4.7%), has now reached 61% of the vote, with a majority of left-wing parties within this block. Moreover, the ERC's victory has been achieved by overtaking the CiU, the governing party in Catalonia, which can now ask the left-wing independence and republic supporters for a further engagement.

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Catalonia will vote

Josep-Maria Terricabras's picture

We have many problems in Catalonia. Among others: high unemployment rates, social exclusion and few opportunities for our youngsters. Catalan citizens have mobilised themselves strongly to look for solutions from different ideological stances. The greater part of Catalan society has organised itself in order to allow us to decide on our future as a country by voting. We want to decide whether we want to become an independent State. We want to vote to provide ourselves with the necessary tools to govern ourselves and solve our own problems.

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