• MEPs ask for “dialogue” rather than “legal procedures” to deal with Catalonia’s push for independence

    MEPs from different groups and ideological sensibilities have reacted to President Mas’ summons for the 9-N symbolic vote on independence. Conservative MEP Ian Duncan, who was invited as an international observer to the 9-N consultation, considered “illogical and irrational” the Spanish government’s attitude regarding Catalonia’s push for independence and defined the 9-N as “an attempt to be democratic”. Duncan stated that Catalonia’s push for independence “is troubling any democrat” and added that the future of a nation “can’t be settled in a courtroom”. Lithuanian Liberal MEP Petras Austrevicious appealed for an “effective dialogue” between Barcelona and Madrid and the European Democrats’ Vice-President, Belgian Kathleen van Brempt, pointed to “political solutions” rather than “legal procedures” to solve the situation in Catalonia.  

Art Barcelona's President, Joan Anton Maragall at Barcelona Gallery Weekend's presentation (by ACN)

Barcelona Gallery Weekend opens first edition with over 40 artistic spaces around the city

Barcelona Gallery Weekend will hold its first edition from the 1st to the 4th of October offering a vast opportunity for visitors to get to know international artists and their work in Catalonia’s capital city. The programme offers four routes in forty different selected urban areas including galleries, institutions and unusual spaces, as well as other cultural, intellectual and social activities. The project, promoted by the Barcelona Art Association, aims to show the artistic potential of the city and place it among the international benchmarks in the sector by collaborating with some of the most important art institutions in Barcelona such as the Joan Miró Foundation, the Fundació Suñol, MACBA, the MNAC, the Picasso Museum and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe.

47th Barcelona's International Jazz Festival

47th International Jazz Festival in Barcelona takes to the streets

The 47th International Jazz Festival in Barcelona has organised a public celebration called ‘Jazz and Food’ this Saturday, the 3rd of October, at ‘Parc del Centre’ in Poble Nou neighbourhood. There will be 12 hours of free music programmed for the event and a wide range of food trucks selling international street food. The party in the park is part of a new programme which was proposed on the 40th anniversary of the festival. “It was an idea we pursued for years and now it is a reality. We have found the formula,” stated president of The Project, Tito Ramoneda, who recalled that the park has a special symbolism for the festival and said that he wants to continue celebrating the festival’s opening there. Between 20,000 and 25,000 people are expected to attend the event. 

President Mas voting at 9N non-binding and symbolic referendum in 2014 (by ACN)

Catalonia’s Supreme Court (TSJC) summons President Mas for 9N symbolic vote on independence

Current Catalan President Artur Mas has been called to the court on the 15th of October for authorising and co-organising the 9-N symbolic referendum on independence that took place in 2014. Catalonia’s Supreme Court (TSJC), which pends on Spanish Administration of Justice, also confirmed the prosecution of former Vice-President Joana Ortega and Catalan Minister of Education Irene Rigau for the same charges. The official prosecution of Artur Mas and 2 other members of the Executive arrives two days after the 27-S elections and takes the current political conflict a level higher. The Catalan Government considered the TSJC decision a “democratic anomaly” and described it as a “political judgment”.



Delight after Suárez's victory goal (by FCB)

Last minute victory for Barça at Camp Nou (2-1)

FC Barcelona returned in the second half against Bayer Leverkusen to record their first win of this season's Champions League. The first game without Leo Messi following his knee injury against Las Palmas saw coach, Luis Enrique bring Sandro into the Catalan team’s starting line up for the first time ever in the Champions League. Although the Germans had taken the lead after 22 minutes through defender Papadopoulos and had proved a match for Luis Enrique's side in the opening half, two goals from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suárez in the last 10 minutes of the contest settled the final score.

  • Woman entering an Employment office in Barcelona (by ACN)

    Unemployment rises in September for second month in a row

    This September 6,881 people lost their job, which raises the number of unemployed in Catalonia to 513,187. This figure represents the second month in a row with an increase in the unemployment rate, according to data published by the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security. However, there are 62,625 less unemployed people than in September last year and there have been 27 consecutive months with a lower unemployment rate in comparison to 2014. The number of unemployed in the whole of Spain was 4,094,000 people.

  • Voter casts her ballot for the 27-S elections

    Only 7.5% of Catalans abroad voted in the 27-S elections

    196,062 Catalans abroad are registered to vote but only 14,781 could effectively do so in the 27-S Catalan elections. Too many agents involved in a complex and long process deprived them of exercising their democratic right. “The Spanish State can’t ignore such a violation of a basic and fundamental right” stated the Catalan Minister for Public Administration, Meritxell Borràs, who lamented that nearly “7,000 votes that were sent on time couldn’t reach their destination”. On Wednesday the ballots that did arrive in Catalonia on time showed 63% of Catalans living abroad voted in support of independence. Although cross-party list ‘Junts Pel Sí’ (‘Together for Yes’) was the most voted, with 7,894 votes, it only maintains its 62 seats in the Catalan Parliament and still requires radical left pro-independence CUP in order to instate Mas as President, which the radical party refuses to do. 


  • President Mas's interview at Catalunya Radio this morning (by ACN)

    President Mas: The Spanish State “will do everything to get rid of me”

    Catalan President Artur Mas reacted this Wednesday to his summonsing by Catalonia’s Supreme Court (TSJC). “Legally I didn’t disobey. Politically, there was a democratic rebellion against the State” he stated in a radio interview with Catalunya Radio. The charges are “the reaction of an arrogant, furious, clumsy state, whose pride was hurt, which is incapable of dialogue and which will do everything in its hands to get rid of me” he summarised. On the other hand, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy considers it “false and unfair” to attribute the court’s decision to the Spanish government, as in Spain there is a “separation of powers”.


  • Christian Democrat Unió's MEP, Francesc Gambús, this August in Barcelona (by ACN)

    29.09.15 - 19:23

    Christian Democrat Unió ask the Europarliament not to put them in the ‘no’ block

    Christian Democrat Unió, the smaller party within the former coalition CiU, doesn’t want to be counted as anti-independence. “Please, do not put Unió and ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ [‘Catalonia Yes we Can’] in the ‘no’ block” asked Unió MEP Francesc Gambús. His demand was sent by email to the 751 MEPs as a response to Spanish conservative UPyD’s...

  • Jordi Alba is in the squad for tonight's match (by FCB)

    29.09.15 - 16:20

    Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen

    Luis Enrique’s Barça side are looking for their first win in this season’s Champions League following their 1-1 draw against AS Roma in the opening fixture in Group E. Standing in their way are a Bayer 04 Leverkusen side who won their first game 4-1 at home to BATE Borisov. Tuesday’s game at Camp Nou will be their first without the services of Leo Messi following the knee ligament injury he suffered in the 2-1 win...

  • Financial Times editorial on 27-S results

    29.09.15 - 15:45

    Financial Times advises to “give some ground and negotiate” with Catalonia

    Pro-independence parties have “achieved” their goal in “winning 72 of the 135” seats in the Catalan Parliament, stated an editorial in the Financial Times published this Tuesday. The British business daily insisted that once Spain has held national elections at the end of this year, a new government in Madrid needs to enter into talks with President Mas, to “find a third way between independence and the status...

  • President of 'Societat Civil Catalana', Ramon Bosch (by ACN)

    29.09.15 - 12:39

    Leader of controversial Spanish unity association ‘Societat Civil Catalana’ quits

    The president of ‘Societat Civil Catalana’ (‘Catalan Civil Society’), Josep Ramon Bosch, confirmed that he will definitely resign after two years in the position. Although he expressed his intention several months ago, the decision was left pending “for political reasons” until this Monday and was finally announced on the day after the 27-S elections. Bosch’s decision arrives...

  • Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy at his official declaration this morning (by ACN)

    28.09.15 - 19:34

    Rajoy offers “dialogue” to Catalonia but always “within the law”

    The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy offered “dialogue and negotiation” to the new Catalan government that would form after the 27-S elections, but warned that this “loyalty” would be subject to legality and “always within the law”. He emphasised that if the Catalan authorities “are planning to break the law and make declarations that contradict the Spanish Constitution and the Catalan Statute...

  • Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva and Catalan President Artur Mas at 'Junts Pel Sí' press conference this morning (by ACN)

    28.09.15 - 15:45

    Pro-independence coalition ‘Junts pel Sí’: “Our candidate to run for President is Artur Mas”

    The winning coalition in the 27-S elections, pro-independence unitary list ‘Junts Pel Sí’ insisted that their candidate to run for President of the Catalan Government is Artur Mas. Mas himself stated that what matters now “is the roadmap”and not who is the candidate for President. He addressed this warning to radical left pro-independence CUP, which would bring an absolute majority for...

  • The EC spokesperson, Margaritis Schinas, at a press conference this morning (by ACN)

    28.09.15 - 14:52

    European Commission: The 27-S elections are “a domestic issue for Spain”

    “The EC does not comment on regional elections” stated EC spokesperson Margaritis Schinas. He added that the EC won’t express “a position” regarding the 27-S results in Catalonia, which it considers “a domestic issue for Spain”.The EC spokesperson confirmed that EC President Jean-Claude Juncker “was informed” of the election results but that he “didn’t have any immediate...

  • Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy (by ACN)

    28.09.15 - 00:39

    Spanish Government: “Artur Mas’ secessionist strategy has failed”

    Catalans “have shown that they are a plural society” in the face of “uniformity”, declared sources from the Spanish Government to CNA. Despite the ‘Junts Pel Sí’ victory in the 27-S elections, Mariano Rajoy’s team considers Artur Mas to have “failed” as he “didn’t achieve in votes nor in seats Catalan society’s support” for his “defiance”. The...

  • Members of the pro-independence unitary list 'Junts Pel Sí' (by ACN)

    27.09.15 - 23:08

    President Mas: “It’s time to accept the victory of Catalonia. The victory of yes”

    Pro-independence parties have won an overall majority in the Catalan election.  The main pro-independence coalition, ‘Junts pel Sí’ (‘Together for Yes’) obtained 39.6% of vote and won 62, while the far-left pro-independence CUP secured 10 members of parliament. Together, they have an overall majority of 72 MPs in the 135-seats Catalan Parliament. President Mas, who ran fourth on the...

  • 'Junts Pel Sí' leader, Raül Romeva when the first votes were counted (by ACN)

    27.09.15 - 22:03

    27S: ‘Junts pel Sí’ obtains 64 MPs with 60% of the vote counted

    Pro-independence unitary list ‘Junts Pel Sí’ together with left wing pro-independence CUP obtain absolute majority, with 50% of the vote counted.  ‘Junts Pel Sí’ obtains 62 MPs, anti-Catalan nationalism Ciutadans 25 MPs, experiencing the highest growth and becoming second force in the parliament. Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) loses almost half of its seats and gets 11 MPs, while CUP and...

  • Voters exercising their right a polling station this evening (by ACN)

    27.09.15 - 20:36

    Exit poll gives overall majority to pro-independence parties

    Pro-independence unitary list ‘Junts Pel Sí’ is set to win the elections and obtain 63 to 66 MP’s, according to the exit poll designed by Catalan Television TV3. Together with left wing pro-independence CUP, which would obtain between 11 and 13 MP’s, the parties would represent a pro-independence absolute majority in the Catalan Parliament. Anti-Catalan nationalism Ciutadans would experience a huge increase...

  • People voting at a polling station in Barcelona (by ACN)

    27.09.15 - 18:44

    27-S: 63.20% have voted by 6pm

    The figure is almost 7 points higher than it was at the same hour, 18.00 (CET), on the day of the 2012 elections and it has grown in the four regions in Catalonia, according to official data published by the Catalan Government. The region with the highest rate of participation so far is still Girona, with more than 65.3% and the least Lleida with 61%. The participation in Barcelona is 63.2% and in Tarragona is 61,8%, with the highest...

  • Voters at a polling station in Barcelona this morning (by ACN)

    27.09.15 - 14:19

    27-S: 35.09% have already voted

    The figure is 5.7% higher than it was at the same hour, 13.00 (CET), on the day of the 2012 elections, according to official data published by the Catalan Government. The region with the highest rate of participation so far is Girona, with more than 38%, followed by the Tarragona region with 35.53%, Barcelona with 34.7% and Lleida with 33.8%. The regions which have registered the highest increase in participation...

  • Voters at a polling station in Barcelona (by ACN)

    25.09.15 - 20:11

    27-S: Catalonia votes

    More than 5.5 million Catalans are entitled to vote this Sunday in the 27-S elections, which have repeatedly  being described as the most important since democracy was restored in Spain. 2,681 polling stations have set up around Catalonia and citizens will be able to cast their vote from 9am until 8pm this evening. "The Election Day started without any remarkable incident” stated the Catalan Minister for Public Administration,...

  • Detail of a ballot box (by ACN)

    25.09.15 - 19:57

    27-S elections: Everything ready for a historic day

    The number of lists running for the 27-S Catalan elections is lower than the last time around in 2012; dropping from 79 candidacies to the 40 lists running this year. Moreover, there are many new candidacies that have been designed for the occasion according to the historic nature of the elections that will function as a ‘de facto’ plebiscite on independence. For the first time ever, new coalitions have been made and civil...

  • Catalans in Washington DC (by ANC)

    25.09.15 - 18:50

    Many Catalans abroad won’t be able to vote

    Only 7% of the 200,000 Catalans living abroad voted in the 2012 Catalan elections and the figure isn’t likely to increase much in the upcoming 27-S elections. Spain’s Electoral Roll Office ignored the Catalan Government’s request to extend the postal vote for those living outside of Catalonia, with the Spanish body only extending it for those who lived in other parts of Spain, not overseas....