The Mediterranean Railway Corridor: a European priority

Joan Amorós's picture

FERRMED is a European-level multi-sectoral association, initiated by the business world, which has the following main objectives:

  • To enhance business competitiveness through the improvement of transportation systems, railway in particular.
  • To define a basic European network of freight railway transportation (Core Network) where the so-called FERRMED standards would be implemented.
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“Spain”, a normal country?

Enric Bou's picture

A childish controversy erupted a few weeks ago regarding the use of minority languages in the Spanish “Senate.” For the first time since the restoration of democracy (a mere 35 years ago...) a senator from the Catalan group Entesa [a left-wing “Catalanist” coalition], Ramon Aleu, used Catalan in a plenary session.

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MNAC's Romanesque art on show in Madrid

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The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) conserves the most important and diverse collection of Romanesque art in the world.  This collection can now be seen in Madrid at an exhibition known as, ‘El esplendor del románico’ (The Splendour of Romanesque art’) in the rooms of the Fundación MAPFRE.

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What is Catalanism and what does it advocate?

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Catalanism is the name of a movement of national vindication that advocates for the political-cultural recognition of Catalonia within Spain. After the failure of the violent uprisings of Catalans during the 17th century (the War of Catalan Secession of 1640) and the 18th century (the War of Spanish Succession of 1714), starting in the 19th century the movement to preserve Catalans’ national rights became more peaceful and civic.

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From Catalonia to the World

Salvador Gabarró's picture

More than 160 years ago, the company that is now Gas Natural Fenosa began to offer its first services to Barcelona society, illuminating the streets of the city with the first gas lights. From then until now, the company has grown in parallel to the development of the Catalan and Spanish energy sector, until the moment 18 years ago when it began its international adventure. Today, the company is a global energy company, totally integrating gas and electricity, operating in 25 countries and with more than 20 million customers.

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Power alternation experiences

Albert Caramés's picture

In Autumn 2010, Catalonia experienced an alternation in Government after the regional election on the 28th of November. The results saw Catalan citizens make a decision to alter the power and install a new Cabinet. The transition was made, as agreed in all the statements, and was based on a model way in order to preserve the decision of the citizenship and the enhancement of the institutions.

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Barcelona: a strategic hub in the fight against cancer

Joan Massagué's picture

Convergence of several disciplines to serve health

Cancer is a major health concern in developed countries. Cancer is a pathology that encompasses more than 200 types of illness, each often different from the rest. In addition to this complexity, cancer cells have the capacity to spread throughout the body, a process known as metastasis by which they colonise vital organs and even prevent their correct function.

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About the Catalan Ombudsman

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Síndic de Greuges of Catalonia and Defensor del Pueblo of Spain. Two institutions that can and should cooperate.

To protect and defend citizen’s rights and freedoms is the function of the “Síndic de Greuges” (Catalan denomination for Ombudsman). In the Anglo-Saxon world, the Ombudsman is the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Public Administration that fights against bad administration. The Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia of 1979 (EAC) created the “Síndic” as a commissioner from the Catalan Parliament. Since 1984, when it began to act, it has contributed significantly to improving the quality of public administration behaviour and public services output in Catalonia. 

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Europe beyond the Member States

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Spaces to decide and to incite

Seen with Catalan glasses, the European construction is necessary but, as presently conceived, clearly insufficient. The European Union’s motto is “United in diversity”, a beautiful motto that, in general, universal terms, I share. However, when it is applied to the present European Union, I see it as incomplete, at a minimum. Taking the current Euro-reality into account, the motto “United in the diversity of the States” would be much more convenient. And this is, in my opinion, THE problem: the current States are, unfortunately, the main reason for European paralysis.

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Family meals

Santi Santamaria's picture

I could name a string of dishes that make my mouth water, like macaroni with fried onion-and-tomato sauce and sausages - delicious! -, cooked with a bit of gravy from the roast, like my mother used to make it.

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