• The Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, and the PSOE leader, Pedro Sánchez (by X.Vallbona)

    Rajoy rejects defining Spain as ‘plurinational’

    Spanish president Mariano Rajoy is deaf to all talk of Spain as a plurinational state. Rejecting the socialist opposition’s acceptance of the term “plurinational” to describe Spain, on Friday Rajoy went only as far as admitting that the State includes "nationalities and regions" and suggested that "it makes no sense to dwell on it." "I am not in favour of the term plurinational; it calls for an explanation of what it means. I favour something encapsulated in the Constitution that is well-understood, in Spain there are nationalities and regions, it is what was agreed at the time," he said.

Politics

José Montilla, the PSC leader and the current Catalan President (by ACN)

25.11.10 - 22:25

Party review – PSC, the Catalan Socialist Party risks losing being the central pivot of Catalan politics

With polls predicting a considerable loss of seats and a large increase of support for the opposition party, the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) will very likely lose the Catalan presidency. In addition, the next municipal and Spanish elections also...
The candidates before the start of the debate (by R. Garrido)

22.11.10 - 22:30

Temperature rises and controversies increase during “the only” televised electoral debate

The only one? Not anymore. Last night, the televised debate among the leaders of the 6 parties with parliamentary representation ended in a compromise for a second debate tomorrow, this time only between the 2 main leaders: Artur Mas from the CiU...
Joan Puigcercós, ERC's candidate (by O. Campuzano)

19.11.10 - 21:50

Who is who in the Catalan elections?

Artur Mas, José Montilla, Joan Puigcercós, the PPC, ICV-EUiA, CiU, Ciutadans, the Catalan Parliament, the Catalan Government… What is all this? Those not familiar with the Catalan political ecosystem maybe become easily lost. Here you will...
Alícia Sánchez-Camacho runs for the PPC (by ACN)

11.11.10 - 23:09

Catalan election campaign kicks off at midnight

On Sunday the 28th of November, Catalans will elect their new Parliament, which will then elect the new Catalan Government for the next 4-year term. These elections are very likely to change the Catalan political landscape, becoming a barometer of...
Joan Puigcercós during a campaign speech in Lleida (by ACN)

24.11.10 - 23:16

Party review – ERC, the Left-Wing Catalan Independence Party

The ERC is going through an inflexion. It was part of the Left-Wing 3-party coalition that ruled the Catalan Government for the last 7 years. After the trimming of the Catalan Statute of Autonomy by the Spanish Constitutional Court, the ERC is now...
Joan Herrera showing the support letter he received by some intellectuals (by J. Torné)

22.11.10 - 22:19

Party review – ICV-EUiA, a mix of Greens, Socialists and former Communists

Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds – Esquerra Unida i Alternativa (ICV-EUiA) is a coalition of several political forces, which has 2 main pillars. The main one is the ICV, which is an Eco-Socialist party, and strongly Catalanist. The second one is...
Alícia Sánchez-Camacho presenting the integration contract for immigrants (by ACN)

16.11.10 - 22:20

The People’s Party (PPC) puts immigration at the centre of its campaign

In the last months, the Catalan branch of the Conservative People’s Party (PPC) raised controversy in breaking a taboo in Catalan-level politics: using immigration as a political tool. Many actions were performed earlier linking immigration with...
A Catalan language course at the UPF (by M. Fernández)

10.11.10 - 22:55

Spanish Government pushes European Commission to consider Catalan from Catalonia and Catalan from Valencia as 2 different languages

In order to receive EU funding to subsidise part of the language courses for Erasmus students, the Spanish Government has labelled Valencian Catalan as a different language. Both dialects were considered as the same language in all previous...
Alícia Sánchez-Camacho during this campaign (by P. Francesch)

23.11.10 - 23:45

Party review – PPC, the Catalan branch of the Conservative and Spanish Nationalist People’s Party

Alícia Sánchez-Camacho leads the Catalan People’s Party (PPC) and is running as its candidate for the Catalan presidency for the first time. Catalonia is where the People’s Party is weaker in Spain. The PPC is the 4th party in the Catalan...
Albert Rivera and the number 2 for Barcelona, Carmen de Rivera (by ACN)

19.11.10 - 22:56

Party review – Ciudadanos, the anti-Catalan nationalism party

Albert Rivera leads this party, which ran for the first time in the last elections and got 3 seats in the Catalan Parliament. Polls predict they could repeat these results or increase by 1 seat. Ciudadanos (meaning “Citizens”) defends the use...
Alícia Sánchez Camacho and Mariano Rajoy (by ACN)

12.11.10 - 22:13

Political parties face 2 decisive countdown weeks

Finally, the official campaign began. Thursday at 23.59 all the parties were at the departure line. All polls point at a political change and the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition Convergència i Unió (CiU) will probably take power. The...
The image of the promotional ad (by ACN)

09.11.10 - 22:30

Catalan Government may extend bond amount to 3,000 million euros

Various banks and savings banks are asking the Catalan Government to extend the total bond amount to 3,000 million euros. The Catalan Ministry of Economy will make the decision whether or not to extend the amount on Friday. The Catalan...
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