Ramón Cotarelo: “L’espiral de silenci no és a Catalunya, és a Madrid”

Ramón Cotarelo: “The spiral of silence is in Madrid, not Catalonia”

"Intellectuals can’t tolerate the right to decide by one section of what they regard as Spain precisely because they regard it as Spanish"

La V de la Diada a la Diagonal, a la zona de la plaça Piux XII / MANOLO GARCÍA

2007: the seed of the right to decide that ended the Dragon Khan

Ten years ago we saw the prelude of a triple crisis (national, political and economic) that changed our society. New political parties and social movements arose in response to it.

La portaveu de JxSí, Marta Rovira, indica el sentit de vot del seu grup

Every shade of Yes

Ahead of the joint Yes campaign kick-off date on September 15, the four pro-independence parties and the two main grassroots groups have started their own individual campaigns to woo all voters

La seu del Tribunal Constitucional, a Madrid.

The Constitutional Court has dealt the coup de grâce to Spain’s system of autonomous regions

From now on, regional governments are left totally defenceless

El Govern avisa Rajoy que ignorarà la suspensió de la llei del referèndum

Catalan government warns Rajoy it will ignore suspension of referendum law

Minister Rull confirms the Catalan government intends to invoke the referendum law even if the Spanish Constitutional Court repeals it

La sobirania del poble espanyol recau en el Congrés dels Diputats, en teoria, segons la Constitució espanyola.

Was a different interpretation of the Constitution possible?

The Court's interpretation of the Constitution is key to understanding the current support for independence in Catalonia

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Les cues d'aquest matí per superar els controls de seguretat del Prat a la T1

Aena has a chairman (and a minister)

On the matter of the industrial action by Barcelona airport’s security staff, Aena has washed its hands to the point of neglect

Representants d'entitats i partits polítics sobiranistes a l'acte de presentació de la campanya unitària pel 'sí' al referèndum

Joint Yes campaign to kick off on September 15

Pro-independence groups and political parties will hold three main events, with Barcelona city hosting the largest

Les entitats afirmen que si guanya el 'sí' en el referèndum s'ha de proclamar la República

Who stands to lose, if there is no referendum?

If, eventually, the referendum on independence slated for October 1 (1-O) is not held, it will be the end. But perhaps more for Spain than for Catalonia

El ritme de creixement d’empreses actives a Catalunya ha sigut superior al d’Espanya.

Catalan firms see 5.6% growth over three years

In the last three years the number of trading companies in Catalonia has risen more sharply than in the rest of Spain

Puigdemont: "El temps del pal i la pastanaga s'ha acabat"

Puigdemont: prepared to "accept all the consequences" of holding referendum, including jail

In an interview with Bloomberg, the president of the Generalitat says the best way to avoid jail is for 1-Oct to be "a success"

La manifestació a la Meridiana de l’última Diada.

Politico warns “jail time threats” not a good look in Europe

The European weekly mentions Catalonia as one of the six crises that could spoil the EU’s summer

El president del govern espanyol, Mariano Rajoy, durant la roda de premsa de balanç del curs polític abans de marxar de vacances. EFE

Rajoy files constitutional complaint against Catalan Parliament’s new rules for fast-tracking independence legislation

The Spanish Prime Minister says he doesn’t “know” whether the Catalan government has already purchased the ballot boxes for the independence vote and points out that only president Puigdemont has the power to call a regional election in Catalonia

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Manifestació independentista de l’últim Onze de Setembre  a Barcelona.

Madrid’s pressure fails to erode support for referendum and independence

64 per cent of respondents claim they intend to vote, with Yes leading by four points overall

De Alfonso va contractar expolicies vinculats a l’operació Catalunya

Spanish parliament concludes Operation Catalonia existed, but won’t seek legal action

Rajoy’s Partido Popular finds no support to help draft the conclusions of the probe into Spain’s “patriotic police”

La comissària europea d'Ocupació, Marianne Thyssen, durant la presentació de l'informe sobre atur i indicadors socials

Brussels asks Spain for more changes to curb unemployment

The European Commission insists on the need to avoid complacency despite sound economic growth

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Barcelona's pickpockets: how to avoid them

Some of the tricks used by Barcelona city’s pickpockets and basic security tips to minimise the risk of being robbed

La presidenta del Congrés, l'exministra Ana Pastor. EFE

Spanish Congress refuses to hear Catalan president without a vote

The Speaker of the House, Ana Pastor, tells the Catalan president that parliamentary rules only allow him to address the Spanish chamber if the Catalan parliament submits a bill for approval and she invites him to appear before the Senate instead.

Les entitats afirmen que si guanya el 'sí' en el referèndum s'ha de proclamar la República

On Saturday pro-independence mayors will vow to open polling stations for referendum

In their manifesto, they emphasise that they won’t be stopped by "any political or legal hurdle" the Spanish state might put in their way


Puigdemont agraeix la resposta "immensa i impressionant" dels ciutadans de Barcelona

Bias in terror news

Carles Puigdemont could not be seen whenever the other political leaders were on camera, with only king Felipe and Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy appearing as the main dignitaries. This fact alone speaks volumes

La policia acompanyant un grup de gent fora de La Rambla

We are not afraid, no siree

There is too much life on La Rambla to be able to kill it

Un home i un nen durant la concentració de divendres a la Rambla.

Our city and our values

Against fear, we will act with courage, rebuilding life

Els serveis d'emergències atenen una de les víctimes a la Rambla

The stretcher-bearer on La Rambla

Here’s what you never contemplate: terrorism. Having to cure someone (or being unable to do so) after someone else willingly hurt them

En la jornada de participació del 9-N van votar 2,3 milions de persones. Un any i mig després, el referèndum torna a ocupar un paper central en el tauler català.

October 1: by a few decimal points

It is unusual for a democracy to see a call to abstention as a means to win a vote, but it can happen if the rules of the game provide an incentive to do so

José Montilla: “El referèndum unilateral és una ficció perquè mai seria reconegut”

Ten years since the disaffection: Montilla’s warning that went unheeded

In 2007 —nearly a decade ago—, then-president José Montilla warned about the “disaffection” with Spain and its institutions that was brewing among Catalan society

La sobirania del poble espanyol recau en el Congrés dels Diputats, en teoria, segons la Constitució espanyola.


Do they actually believe that all Spaniards are equal at present?

Rajoy va anar a la Zarzuela com a líder del PP, però va fer les declaracions al Palau de la Moncloa

Spain thinks it is lumbago

"The obsolete, stale thinking of Spain’s rulers, and —to some extent— of the entire political class on the right and the left, is astonishing"

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Political accountability in the conflict of Barcelona airport

How can Rajoy advise against political action when he spends all day accusing the Catalan authorities of doing nothing for the Catalan people?

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La terminal 1 de l'aeroport del Prat / ACN

Barcelona airport and the failure of two very Spanish models

"Aena manages 46 airports in Spain and passenger security checks are outsourced to three contractors: Eulen handles twenty-one airports, while Prosegur and Ilunion provide the same service in the rest"

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, durant la seva intervenció en l'acte d'inauguració de les obres de la N-332 a Benissa

The Vice President’s dream

We don't want, here and now, the Spanish vice president to win ten to nil

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L'escalador francès Alain Robert, conegut com a 'Spiderman', intenta escalar la Torre Agbar de Barcelona

EMA, a springboard for Barcelona's knowledge economy

EMA will find in Barcelona the main hub of biomedical research in southern Europe

El president espanyol i líder del PP, Mariano Rajoy, durant la seva declaració com a testimoni pel cas Gürtel


Rajoy’s incredible testimony in the Gürtel case

Rajoy didn’t testify as just another witness. Rather, he was sat next to the jury in a show of flagrant favouritism

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La política del kamikaze

Kamikaze politics

The current impasse in the relations between Spain and Catalonia has its origin in an unfortunate, useless contempt

Cua de votants veneçolans a l'avinguda Carles III

July 19: The good referendum

Those who claim that they would only accept a referendum in Catalonia under terms agreed with Spain find it fantastic that there is no such agreement in Venezuela

Puigdemont: "El temps del pal i la pastanaga s'ha acabat"

The goal: a collapse from within

Catalonia’s independent process leaps from one crisis to the next but it survives

Entre la revolució i les vacances

Between the revolution and the summer holidays

Extraordinary events occur within an apparent normality and this is what we are all going through at the moment

Tying ourselves in knots

Giving up the Basque Country was a luxury; Giving up the Catalan contribution was unthinkable. Madrid was perfectly aware of this at the time, as it is now

July 15: The power of veto

To accept only a negotiated referendum when one of the indispensable parties has no intention of agreeing, means granting them the power of veto

Per davant de la història

Ahead of history

Mobilization requires a leap of faith in the ability of the independence movement to navigate what may turn out to be a raging storm

Les famílies de les víctimes dels consells de guerra

63,961 innocent victims of the Franco regime

In the last four decades, Spain has failed to erase the totalitarian stain on its past

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Model businessmen

A sum of efforts would allow Barcelona to take a leap forward as a reference in scientific research and the pharmaceutical industry

Moltes persones que no aconsegueixen vendre un pis han decidit últimament posar-lo al mercat de lloguer.

Barcelona is Paris now

Barcelona has a serious housing problem. It would be a good idea to create incentives for landlords to set rental prices close to some reference price index, as long as it is reasonable. Intervention in the market would be useless

Mariano Rajoy mirant el rellotge durant la moció de censura presentada per Podem, exposada en un discurs de més de dues hores.

Reasons for a vote of no confidence in Rajoy

The escalation of the Catalan crisis has allowed Rajoy to pretend he is less isolated than he appears: everyone except Podemos opposes Catalonia’s self-determination

Una colònia de súbdits insurrectes?

A colony of rebellious subjects?

Spain will be making a mistake if it overestimates its formal power (hard power) and underestimates the informal power (soft power) that Catalonia has

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