The City doesn’t trust Merkozy’s Europe

Robert Casajuana's picture

I was on my way to my office in the City of London last Friday morning when I realised that Cameron had taken a big decision in Europe. When you are dealing on a trading desk you try to guess the effect of these political decisions on the financial assets more directly related to it and affected by it. And believe me, in the last couple of years this has been a constant challenge for us bond traders.

Cameron’s was a big move, a big decision, a brave answer to Europe or a cowardly one depending on the point of view taken.

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The predictability of the Spanish election results

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On the predictability of results in general Spanish elections

The 11th general election after the restoration of democracy in Spain took place on the last November 20th. The Spanish conservative party Partido Popular (PP) clearly won the election with 186 seats in the Spanish parliament. This result implies an impressive increase of 32 seats from the last general election, and its best performance ever.

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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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The Catalan school model

Jose Ignacio Vila's picture

Catalonia’s education system is based on bilingual education. One of its objectives is that all pupils get a good knowledge of the two official languages, Catalan and Spanish. Wallace Lambert points out that, when a society wants bilingual people, the socially weakest language needs to prevail in school education.

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Catalonia's and Barcelona's role within the new UfM

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The role of Catalonia and Barcelona within the new political landscape of the Union for the Mediterranean

At the present time, nobody doubts anymore that peace and global stability have their Achilles’ heel in the situation in the Mediterranean. What happens in Palestine-Israel, the Maghreb or Mashrek; between Islam and the Muslim world and West-United States of America, has an influence on Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. We could say indeed that peace begins and ends on the shores of the Mediterranean.

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Linguistic diversity in Europe: the Catalan case

Mònica Sabata's picture

Europe is very diverse. This diversity in Europe is obvious, and it becomes even more obvious when we look at it from a linguistic perspective. There are some sixty different languages spoken in Europe, not counting all the languages that have arrived with recent migrations, yet this diversity has never received the degree of recognition and protection that it deserves. Thus, the growing awareness of the importance, the recognition, and the relevance of this linguistic diversity – and the philosophy on diversity in general – is a relatively new phenomenon.

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Municipal governments in Spain

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Municipal governments in Spain: a situation asking for changes

What do municipalities do in Spain? 13% of the Spanish State’s public spending corresponds to local administrations. This percentage is not very different from the figures from, approximately, 30 years ago, which was 11%. It is far from the 20% average in federal countries. In Spain, an important decentralisation process has been accomplished, which has fundamentally gone in a single direction: from the central government to the autonomous community governments.

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The crown of Aragon and Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries

Stefano M. Cingolani's picture

The 13th century is the century of the Europeanization of Europe. It was a time when various monarchies expanded their borders to include those territories inhabited both by non-Christians (Muslims, Cathars and Pagans) and Christians that were not a part of the feudal and Roman Catholic system (such as the Celtic countries or the Byzantine Empire). Military conquests were not the only means of expansion. The Mediterranean was a principal route of commerce, and it was here that the three Italian maritime Republics of Genoa, Venice and Pisa fought for supremacy.

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WSF and the #Spanishrevolution

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Activism & crisis: WSF and the #Spanishrevolution

On the answers being given to confront the global crisis, it’s not only important to focus on the (inter) governmental measures applied around the world. It’s also important to drive attention on the different movements and inquiries that civil society is doing, with special attention to Catalan society: its participation in the World Social Forum and the #spanishrevolution.

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