• Barcelona hosts International Judges Meeting weeks before President Mas court appearance

    President Mas attended the 58th International Association of Judges Meeting, held this Monday in Barcelona just weeks before his appearance in court for organising the 9-N symbolic vote on independence. During his intervention, Mas outlined that democracy is sustained by the impartiality of justice. “Any partisan use” of the legal system could diminish this “sustenance” of democracy, he stated. Mas also expressed his hope that the Meeting will produce “contributions” to the “democratic quality which we all pursue”. President of the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, also attended the Meeting and warned that to enforce the law “couldn’t be considered defiance”. 

Catalonia's stand at Frankfurt International Book fair, in 2014 (by ACN)

Warsaw Book Fair 2016 to focus on Barcelona and Catalan literature

“Barcelona and Catalan literature will be the main focus” at the Warsaw Book Fair 2016, stated the Director of Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), which is a public institution in charge of promoting Catalan culture and language, Àlex Susanna. Next year it will be time to “set the coveted invitation” to the Bologna Book Fair, he added and declared that IRL is “working hard” on a possible “Catalan landing” in the multidisciplinary Edinburgh Festival in two years’ time. Susanna admitted to be optimistic regarding Catalan culture’s international projection and highlighted that this development coincided with the economic crisis.   

Conservative MEP, british Ian Duncan (by ACN)

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.  

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”.

  • Exhibitors at Barcelona's International Contemporary Art Fair 'Swab' (by ACN)

    65 galleries across the world took part in 'Swab' International Art Fair

    Barcelona’s International Art Fair, ‘Swab’ aims to make the contemporary art scene more accessible to the general public and this year it had a new focus on African and Caribbean artwork. A record number of 65 galleries from 22 countries around the world took part in the 2015 edition of the event and over 200 emerging artists will present their work. Director of 'Swab' Barcelona, Joaquin Diez-Cascón, highlighted that half of the fair is governed by a general programme with artworks ranging from 23 euros to the most expensive work by a Hungarian artist, which costs 320,000 euros. In addition to the overall programme, the 2015 edition of the art fair sees the opening of “Swab Gate” from the Fundació Lluís Coromina, which consists of individual presentations from African and Caribbean artists with a focus on painting.

  • EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete and Catalan Minister for Business and Employment, Felip Puig at ‘Natural gas and the energy security of Europe’ seminar, organised by Gas Natural Fenosa

    Strategic gas pipeline Midcat will be ready by 2020

    “The EU expects that the Midcat will be built by 2020”, stated EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete. He made this statement this Monday during theNatural gas and the energy security of Europe’ seminar, organised by Gas Natural Fenosa. The Midcat pipeline is set to be built through the Catalan Pyrenees, linking the Iberian Peninsula with French and Central European networks and aims to reduce Europe's dependency on Russian gas by 40%. According to Cañete the project has a budget of 470 million euros, from which 170 million will have to be paid by Spain. Catalan Minister for Business and Employment, Felip Puig “lamented” the delay in this strategic infrastructure and attributed it to “the lack of enthusiasm” of the French government.

  • 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.


  • 47th Barcelona's International Jazz Festival

    01.10.15 - 16:54

    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...

  • Delight after Suárez's victory goal (by FCB)

    30.09.15 - 11:51

    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...

  • 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...

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

    29.09.15 - 11:22

    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...

  • 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...