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El Govern en ple es compromet a "organitzar, convocar i celebrar" el referèndum

Whole Catalan government pledges to "organize, call and hold" independence referendum

The government turned out in force to sign a manifesto to conquer the doubts of recent days. Junqueras and Puigdemont call for a commitment from all concerned to holding the referendum in spite of the "threats"

Elena crida a convertir Sant Jordi en un clam pel referèndum

Elena calls for Saint George’s Day to be used to drum up support for referendum

The coordinator of Catalonia’s National Pact for the Referendum announced that they will be collecting signatures at "more than a thousand" stalls with 4,000 volunteers, twice the number originally expected

Forcadell, Puigdemont, membres del Govern i diputats, a les escales del Parlament abans de l'acte de suport

Puigdemont calls on Catalans to stand by their institutions in face of suspensions

The President of the Catalan Government and the former Speakers of the House showed their support for Forcadell, who vowed to rise to the challenge

ANC’s Yes campaign kicks off, independence referendum is "guaranteed"

With the slogan ‘You are the change’, the ANC’s broad-based campaign will start once the Pact for the Referendum finishes its work. While Sànchez admits that the disagreements between ERC and PDECat do not help, he remains convinced that the process will go ahead.

Una de les últimes imatges d’unitat del sobiranisme, en suport als imputats 
 Del 9-N.

Pro-independence forces vow to keep united front ahead of referendum

Public prosecutor sets government agenda as cabinet looks for ways to bear the brunt of Madrid’s reaction “collectively”

Dues imatges de la zona de polígons situada al sud de l’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

Catalonia takes lead from Madrid in business creation

Catalonia beats Madrid for the first time since the recession, but companies based in the Spanish capital remain larger

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El Govern tanca files i imposa silenci sobre el referèndum

Catalan government closes ranks, imposes gag on referendum

Puigdemont holds a meeting with Forcadell, JxSí and the CUP at Government House following doubts over the ballot boxes, the date and the referendum question

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, i el vicepresident, Oriol Junqueras, rebent la notificació del TSJC

Catalan government will defend referendum budget before Constitutional Court

Catalan Supreme Court notifies government of suspension of referendum items in budget

L’Euríbor marca mínims  i els bancs obren l’aixeta

Sales of flats in Catalonia up by 8.7%, far above Spanish average

87% of sales are second-hand flats

Ferrari Land obre avui amb l’objectiu d’arribar als cinc milions de visitants

Ferrari Land wants to be Port Aventura’s passport to 5 million visitors

The new themed area will open to the public on Friday with 11 rides and the tallest rollercoaster in Europe

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, i el conseller d'Exteriors, Raül Romeva

Delegation of US congressmen will meet Catalan president Puigdemont in Barcelona to discuss independence process

The representatives will also meet with ministers Junqueras, Romeva and Munté

Imatge del nou centre logístic d'Amazon a Castellbisbal proveïda per la mateixa companyia

Amazon to open a new warehouse in Martorelles, its fifth investment in Catalonia

The logistics centre, which will open in the autumn, will create 650 jobs over the next three years and will occupy an area of 30,000 square meters

Ricard Zapatero, Enrique Lacalle i José Miguel García en la presentació del Saló.

Barcelona’s Motor Show reinvents itself to keep up with MWC: Volkswagen bows out, Tesla comes on board

It will be the American carmaker’s first time at the show, which also sees the return of Toyota

Compromís col·lectiu amb  el referèndum

Government undertakes referendum preparations as joint effort

In a cabinet meeting held on March 21 the Catalan government agreed to share equal responsibility in organising the vote on independence

El Govern reafirma davant la CUP el seu compromís "inalterable" amb el full de ruta

Public prosecutor monitoring Catalan government, parliament’s steps towards independence on a daily basis

Prosecutor has also requested information from companies contracted out by the Catalan executive to help set up state institutions. Reports implicitly confirmed by Spain’s attorney general.

Baiget saludant el conseller delegat de Thunder Power, Wellen Sham.

Hong Kong automotive company to invest 80 M€ in Catalonia

The facilities will involve an initial investment of 80 million euros and 200 jobs

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont

Puigdemont warns Madrid budget challenge won’t block referendum

Catalan president states that his government will use “the wide room for manoeuvre” still left in the accounts

Jutjar les urnes

CEO poll: over 75% of Catalans would vote in unilateral referendum

Only 20% have already decided not to vote under any circumstances. 43% would vote in favour of independence and 23% against

El vicepresident, Oriol Junqueras, ha presidit aquest dimarts el conselle executiu

Puigdemont doesn't believe Rajoy's announcement, calls for compliance guarantees

Munté asks for the agreement to include "non-compliance clause", warns the Spanish government that Catalan demand is not "an economic issue"

El ministre García-Margallo.

A foreign policy aimed at defeating the Catalan independence process

Margallo’s hyperactivity and the efforts of his diplomatic machinery show that the Catalan case features on the international agenda

Recordem el Tractat de Roma, fem una Europa millor

Let’s remember the Treaty of Rome, let’s make a better Europe

Catalonia has seen Europe as an aspiration and an opportunity: a place of freedom, democracy, respect for fundamental rights and cooperation

Imatge d’arxiu de les urnes i les paperetes que es fan servir habitualment en unes eleccions.

Catalan government assigns team of top officials to prepare referendum

The Catalan executive opens the first contract (to supply envelopes and ballot slips) for bidding

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La secretària d'Estat de Comerç, Marisa Poncela, en la roda de premsa sobre el tancament del comerç exterior espanyol del 2016.

Madrid admits independence process has no impact on foreign investment in Catalonia

Spain’s Deputy Trade Minister, María Luisa Poncela, also acknowledged that being the country’s capital gives Madrid an edge, but stated that “there are no deviations”

El jutge instructor i els fiscals creuen que Homs va tenir un paper clau en el 9-N.

Supreme Court bars Francesc Homs from office for 13 months over 9-N

Homs joins Mas, Ortega and Rigau in being acquitted of neglect of duty

El pes del carbó en el mix energètic s’ha disparat.

Catalan exports grow by almost 16% in January, the highest rate since 2011

Importing expensive energy means trade deficit shoots up 31% for the whole of Spain, almost 6% in Catalonia

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, dirigint-se als diputats durant la seva intervenció en el debat de la qüestió de confiança del 28 de setembre.

Catalan separatist coalition considering September dates for breakaway law and referendum

The current plan suggests July, but Junts pel Sí (“Together for Yes”) would like to avoid an injunction from the Spain’s Constitutional Court over the summer

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La renda bàsica universal:  mite o realitat?

Catalan GDP surpasses pre-recession levels for the first time

The Catalan economy grew by 3.5% to €223.6 billion, according to Idescat

El co-president del grup dels Verds al Parlament Europeu, Philippe Lamberts

MEPs from various European parties find 9-N ruling "unfortunate" and "extremely troubling"

The leaders of the socialist, green and left-wing groups in the European Parliament call for dialogue and a negotiated federal solution for Catalonia

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Imatge aèria de l’avinguda Meridiana de Barcelona durant la Diada del 2015.

ANC to encourage non-stop rallying for independence

Once the ‘disconnection law’ is passed, the ANC will call on Catalans to come out in support of their institutions until the referendum is held

El conseller d’Exteriors, Raül Romeva, durant la seva intervenció ahir davant l’All-Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia.

Romeva warns Europe will have to take a stand

Catalonia’s Foreign Minister appeared in Westminster to kick off a London group that will debate the Catalan independence process

Judici 9-N: La intervenció final de l'expresident Mas

A political ruling against a democratic vote

The PP government should have thought better before letting itself get carried away by the desire to punish the government leaders of 9-N

Artur Mas va declarar com a imputat el 15 d’octubre davant del TSJC.

Mas, Ortega, Rigau banned by Catalan High Court for “deliberate, unequivocal” disobedience over 2014 vote

Court bans the ex-president from public office for two years, ex-ministers for 18 and 21 months, but acquits them of dereliction of duty, as it doesn’t believe they "flagrantly violated the law"

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Creixen les visites de polítics europeus pel procés

Rise in number of visits by European politicians interested in independence process

The first of the six foreign delegations that Diplocat will receive between now and June arrives in Catalonia

Catalunya, Madrid i Andalusia encapçalen la creació d'empreses

Catalonia was Spain’s start-up leader in January

Spain as a whole created 6% fewer companies and dissolved 15% more

La Junta de Portaveus reunida aquest dimarts al Parlament

Parliamentary rules reform to allow “express disconnection” passes first step

Board of the Catalan parliament rejects demands to reconsider from PSC, Cs and PP parties. The change, promoted by Junts pel Sí, seeks to allow groups to pass laws with a single reading.

Imatge de les oficines d'Amazon, facilitada per la companyia.

Amazon to create 500 jobs in Barcelona at its new support centre for SMEs

The new service will allow Amazon to provide multilingual support to companies in France, Spain and Italy that sell products on its website

Un dels participants es fotografia davant del cartell d'aquesta edició del MWC

A record-breaking MWC

With 108K visitors, this year’s mobile technology event saw a 7% hike in attendance over 2016

El president de la Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, durant l'assemblea de l'AMI

President Puigdemont: “My government will call an independence referendum; the allocation of funds is perfectly legal”

The Catalan government and its CUP ally are considering whether to draft a new bill or leave it unchanged despite the warning by the Council of Guarantees

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Rafael Aranda, Ramon Vilalta i Carme Pigem, de l'estudi d'Olot RCR, després de saber-se que han rebut el premi Pritzker

The universal strength of Olot-based RCR Architects wins them the Pritzker Prize

The jury of the award, considered by many to be the Nobel Prize of architecture, praised the individual contributions of Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, as well as their teamwork. They are only the second architecture firm in Spain to have won the prize, following Rafael Moneo’s win in 1996.

Ens hem cansat  de Twitter  i Facebook?

Deciding your online death

Catalan government approves a bill to allow designation of an heir to digital legacy without having to draw up a will

Francesc Homs, al Suprem / EFE

A robe for the esteemed representative ("but don’t let them give you a scruffy one"): the Homs trial, from inside

In the end, the PDECat representative didn't put on the attire offered by the judge. Ministers Rull and Borràs complained to an usher who wouldn't let them take seats reserved for the press: "We're Ministers of the Catalan government!"

El president de Seat, Luca de Meo, a la presentació del nou cotxe elèctric de la companyia al MWC

Seat announces its first electric car at MWC

The company will begin testing the car in Barcelona from April, with a fleet of ten units

El cap de files del Partit Demòcrata Català a Madrid, Francesc Homs.

Homs, on the 9N trial: "Whatever they do they’ve already lost, whether they convict or acquit"

The ex-minister of the Presidency and leader of the PDECat party in the Congress in Madrid claims that the Spanish state is "undermining the rule of law and democracy" by taking the 9N vote to trial. Homs will appear before the Supreme Court on Monday.

Forcadell i els altres quatre membres sobiranistes de la Mesa mostren a les càmeres la notificació del TC

Public prosecutor files charges against Forcadell, three other members of Parliament’s Board for the referendum resolution

The prosecutor omits Joan Josep Nuet, third secretary of the Board of the Parliament, from the lawsuit for his “unwillingness to join in the political project to break away [from Spain]”.

Artur Mas i Juan José Ibarretxe.

Mas joins Ibarretxe in San Sebastian: "Spain is attacking us"

Basque ex-president urges former president of Catalonia to continue the climb "right to the summit"

El sector que més va augmentar les exportacions va ser el de l'automòbil. A la foto, contenidors al port de Barcelona.

New historic record: Catalonia’s exports exceed €65 bn for first time

Trade deficit also grew due to economic recovery fueling imports

Cinc pacients vacunats pel VIH controlen el virus sense medicar-se

Five patients vaccinated against HIV manage virus levels without medication

The experimental vaccine, which underwent trails in Can Ruti, reduces the viral load to almost undetectable levels

Oriol Junqueras i Lluís Salvadó, vicepresident i secretari d’Hisenda respectivament,  en la recent inauguració de la nova seu de l’Agència Tributària de Catalunya.

Revenue relief: the Catalan government’s income from taxes rose by almost 10% in 2016

The revenue managed by the Catalan government increased almost 6% thanks to a growth in real estate and tourism

Barcelona acollirà el centre de càncer infantil més important d'Europa

Barcelona will be home to the largest childhood cancer centre in Europe

The new facility, run by Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and the Leo Messi Foundation, will be financed through a crowdfunding campaign

Dues imatges de la zona de polígons situada al sud de l’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

Catalonia takes lead over Madrid in business creation in Spain

During 2016 more companies were created in Catalonia than in Madrid while fewer ceased business operations

El director de 'Timecode' amb l'equip de la pel·lícula

'Timecode', in search of an Oscar

'Timecode' is a small narrative jewel about two parking lot security guards who only see each other a few minutes every day

Al setembre es van fregar les 35.000 operacions.

Home sales in Catalonia soar 20% in 2016

The 66,000 homes sold exceed 2008 figures, but are far from the record numbers before the real estate bubble burst

Representants d'organitzacions convocants de la manifestació a la roda de premsa.

Everything ready for Barcelona’s “We’ll take them in” march on 18 February

The rally is part the “Our home, your home” campaign, an effort backed by over 800 associations. A music festival in Palau Sant Jordi next Saturday will serve as a warm-up event.

El Govern preveu ingressar 7,6milions d’euros per la taxa turística imposada als clients del home sharing.

Airbnb to make peace with Barcelona city, curb offerings in Ciutat Vella

The platform will set a limit on renting whole properties in the district to one advert per person; the city hall says the proposal “takes [them] for fools” and is “insulting”

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Lletres, sisplau!

Letters, please!

Today we wish to acknowledge those who helped us discover artists (among whom we can include scientists) and remind ourselves that we can all open that mysterious gateway that appears when a book manages to electrify us with its magic

Decàleg de final de partida

An endgame decalogue

"The timer is running and the detonator’s countdown is showing two months"

Imatge d'arxiu de la bomba que els EUA han llançat aquest dijous a l'Afganistan

Call Mattis!

"Relations between Donald Trump’s America and Putin's Russia have gone from flattery to insult in a flash"

L'exministra de Defensa Carme Chacón, en una imatge d'arxiu

Chacón, a passion for politics

Chacón represented the most naive side of the Zapatero era, and painfully embodied the contradictions of her party, the PSC

La ciència de la màquina d’escriure

The science of the typewriter

The former Spanish foreign minister, García-Margallo, has acknowledged the great activity unfolding using public funds to counteract Catalonia’s presence abroad

Jorge Fernández Díaz

"Ah, finally..." or "they fine-tune it for you"?

Their strategy was to deny everything and hope for the sufficient degree of foolishness on behalf of Catalonia’s public opinion for them to be seen as the victims of an enormous setup

Píndoles de diumenge

Sunday pills

A strategy of tension will mark the coming months. Madrid is willing to use all the instruments at its disposal, of which there are many, against the referendum on independence

Donald Tusk, president del Consell Europeu, valorant el 'Brexit'

Thank you and goodbye!

May wants access to markets in exchange for cooperation on security and counterterrorism, but Merkel wasted no time in putting a stop to such hopes, anticipating intense negotiations

Mariano Rajoy durant la inauguració de les jornades sobre infraestructures a Barcelona

The molehill and commuter trains

What credibility does the PP government have when it speaks of dialogue? What credibility do those who petitioned against the Catalan Statute have?

Dels cafès al bar de xinesos

From cafés to Chinese-owned bars

Europe today is questioned by its citizens, despite it objectively being a redoubt of civilisation and welfare for the planet which attracts refugees fleeing poverty, violence and tyranny.

El president del govern espanyol, Mariano Rajoy, durant la declaració institucional sobre Catalunya i el 9-N / EFE

And now he’ll take us for a ride (along the Mediterranean corridor)

Since 2012 millions of Catalans have protested every 11 September and more than two million voted in the unofficial independence referendum on 9 November 2014

El Parlament britànic pot tancar durant sis anys mentre es restaura

The new Gunpowder Plot

Westminster is the seat of words, debate, consensus and the passionate exchange of ideas

Les cartes sobre la taula

The cards on the table

"The more information which is available, the better prepared the public will be to make decisions"

Mas demana fermesa per culminar el procés tot i les inhabilitacions: "No us deixeu impressionar"

State of blindness

The 9-N consultation was a success thanks to the Partido Popular’s shortsightedness and its inability to comprehend reality and respond politically. History will judge the Spanish bureaucrats who preferred not to seek a political solution

Això (no) és un diari

This is (not) a newspaper

This Sunday's supplement is a literary work, a friendly jolt to our way of living

Fèlix Millet a la seva arribada a la Ciutat de la Justícia pels interrogatoris del cas Palau

"It was standard practice"

The statements made in court by Millet and Gemma Montull are not only disturbing for what they said but for how they said it

Les dones i els dies

Women and days

This article is about people and aimed at people, as well as a call to revo

Les cendres de l’Estat

The ashes of the State

The series of anomalies related with the workings of Spanish justice shows the need for a process of regeneration in the politics and institutions of the state

Rajoy i Puigdemont s'han reunit durant dues hores i mitja a la Moncloa. EFE

Subterfuge undermines public confidence

The right to be heard by the public is founded on gaining their trust, and credibility is one means to achieving it

Un moment de la manifestació 'Volem acollir' a Barcelona

A shared struggle

Everyone, in their own sphere and within their own ability, has room to take action and to do better. Starting with ourselves, the citizens. Followed by local councils, the Catalan government and the Spanish state.

Encara que l’Estat negui la realitat

Even if Madrid is in denial

Catalonia is no longer Spain, it is another country to nearly all effects and purposes, out of its own free will, and there is no turning back

Una màquina perfectament ajustada

A Fine-tuned Machine

Donald Trump owes much of his electoral victory to his instinct. To his connection with people who are sick and tired of professional politicians that appear distant

01. Artur Mas, Joana Ortega i Irene Rigau a la sortida del TSJC. 02. Mas amb Puigdemont.

9-N, a trial

Artur Mas writes about his experience in the dock during the trial against himself, Ortega and Rigau for 9N

Radicals lliures

Free radicals

Madrid’s only strategy is to pressure the courts, with the ephemeral "operation dialogue" pushing up daisies

Moment de la declaració de Gemma Calvet vist des de la sala de premsa

"Who gave them the ballot boxes, ballots, pens, and forms?"

It seems like just another question in a trial, but Spain wants to know the origin of the "weapons" of 9-N

Els consellers Romeva i Bassa

Solidarity with refugees: a shared commitment

Catalonia has always set a shining example to the world in terms of its contribution to the fields of solidarity and international aid

Artur Mas, Joana Ortega, Irene Rigau

The ballot box on trial

"They are putting on trial everyone that voted on 9-N. Those that voted 'yes', 'yes-no' and 'no'. Everyone"

El gendarme cansat

The tired policeman

"Some can’t fathom how it ever came to this, while others believe that America is now being led by a winner who will avert economic decay"

Missió impossible (ed. 2017)

Mission Impossible (2017)

"You will comply with the deficit, ministers. Now is not the time to go into this and that and that and this!" With his usual charm, Spain’s Finance Minister Cristóbal Montoro systematically refused to negotiate deficit targets with his regional counterparts

Donald Trump, aquest dimecres, durant la seva compareixença davant la premsa a la torre Trump.

The cock of the roost

Trump made a speech aimed at individuals, whipping up fear of the outside world and those who are different, imposing his opinion

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El 10-J ja va ser un clam independentista de resposta al TC

The independence movement’s hardest battle

If this battle is not won, if the pro-independence message does not reach all Catalans, the war may well be lost

8/1: Does Bavaria have the right?

The right to self-determination is not abstract and theoretical, essentialist. It is political

Meryl Streep posa Donald Trump al seu lloc

Streep for president

Streep addressed the audience as a representative of one of the three sectors which Trump reviles: Hollywood, foreigners and the press

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Rigau, Mas i Ortega, saludant a les portes del TSJC, abans d’entrar a declarar al judici per la consulta.

The “little performance” and the ex-president’s mother

Spain’s Justice minister’s ability to understand the situation remained level with that of our extraterrestrial, describing a demonstration of thousands of people as a “little performance”.

Un clam massiu contra la judicialització

The independence process’ nuclear weapon

The most powerful weapon of the majority that wishes to hold a referendum is the massive, peaceful power of their political aspirations

Som culpables

THE OBSERVER

Guilty as charged

We are guilty as charged; we agree to incriminate ourselves. We voted in the consultation process of November 9, 2014

La vicepresidenta del govern espanyol, Soraya Sáez de Santamaría. EFE

Neither dialogue nor politics

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría has shown the zero leeway that her party have given her for engaging in politics

El meu Sr. (J.V.) Foix

My Mr. (J.V.) Foix

Un londinenc reclama al govern britànic que invoqui l'article 50 per iniciar el Brexit.

(Br)èxit for Catalonia and Europe

The political and civic initiative for Catalan independence may gather momentum as a consequence of the Brexit referendum

La seu del Tribunal Constitucional, a Madrid.

How far are they prepared to go?

We are told that we must respect the law. It sounds right. But if we are not respected, how can we respect others?

La pedra filosofal

The Philosopher’s Stone

We welcome young Assaloum, all those who have arrived before him, and all those who will arrive after him. We welcome them with generosity and realism, aware that Catalonia is diverse, pluralistic

Demana que la  Junta Electoral faci retirar 323 estelades

Why we will win

The Catalan people’s capacity for solidarity has been tested to its limits by the objective plunder, which no one even has the heart to deny any longer

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