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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Arrival

Matthew Tree's picture

When I first arrived in a certain Catalan village some sixty kilometres from Barcelona, like most English people all I knew about Catalonia was that the word formed part of the title of a book by George Orwell. Again like most English people, when Catalans started to tell me about their history and language, I jumped to the conclusion that I was being fed so much nationalist flim-flam. What changed my mind - to the extent that I not only learnt Catalan but eventually came to write and publish in this language - was gradual exposure to the reality on the ground.

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What would we lose if we didn't have public media in Catalonia?

Mònica Terribas's picture

Since 1983, ‘Televisió de Catalunya’ (the Catalan Public TV Broadcaster) has played, together with ‘Catalunya Ràdio’ (the Catalan Public Radio Broadcaster), a crucial role in our country’s cultural and linguistic normalisation process. For this reason, ‘Televisió de Catalunya’ is the main communication medium in Catalonia today.

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A Road Map for Catalan Culture in New York

Mary Ann Newman's picture

The first important sign may have been the proliferation of non-stop flights between New York and Barcelona—first Delta, then Continental, and, finally, American. The next was the manifest interest of the great cultural institutions of New York in programming Catalan cultural events: the Lincoln Center Film Society programmed a Catalan film retrospective (2006); the Metropolitan Museum showed “Barcelona and Modernity: From Gaudí to Dalí,” (2007); the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) wanted to program a festival of Catalan performing arts (this, unfortunately, did not come about).

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A new dawn for the Mediterranean

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The Arab democratic spring: a new dawn for the Mediterranean

 

It is a little known fact that Barcelona sits about the same distance from Algiers than from Madrid. The Arab revolts are big news for the world and bigger news for Europe, and they might become a defining moment for southern Europe and the Mediterranean project.  

The close links between southern European countries and their neighbours across the sea had their darkest side exposed by the Arab upheavals: the scandalous holidays of France’s elite at the expense of their corrupt hosts, Malta and Italy’s business dependence on the murderous Gaddafi family, Spain’s uncritical alignment with the Moroccan regime, all have been revealed to a great extent by the events of winter 2011.

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Think small to become bigger

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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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