• Mossos d'Esquadra arresting a man over this Tuesday's anti-jihadist operation (by ACN)

    Nine arrested in counter-terrorism operation in Catalonia

    Early this morning, the Catalan police force (Mossos d’Esquadra) carried out an important anti-jihadist operation in six Catalan municipalities. There were 9 arrests in 12 major raids in Barcelona and the surrounding municipalities of L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Cornellà, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Ripollet, and Masquefa. The Catalan Minister of Home Affairs, Jordi Jané, announced that some of the “arrests made today are in connection with the terrorist attacks in Brussels”. He added that there is no evidence of any planned attack in Catalonia. Jané highlighted the collaboration between the Catalan and Belgian police forces.

Society & Science

Demonstrators in the streets of Barcelona with posters against bullfights on the 22nd of October 2016 (by ACN).

09.11.16 - 19:32

Spanish Government cannot impose return of bullfighting on Catalonia, say dissenting magistrates

Bullfighting was effectively banned in Catalonia in 2012, after a Parliament Act was approved in 2010. On 20th of October last, however, the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) annulled the prohibition. Eight of the eleven magistrates at the TC...

Image of the statue of Franco lying on the esplanade of 'El Born' Cultural Centre this Friday 20th of October 2016 (by ACN)

21.10.16 - 14:40

Barcelona dismantles Franco exhibition after sculpture of dictator pulled down

Barcelona’s City Hall had to dismantle the exhibition ‘Franco-Victory-Republic: impunity and urban space’after the equestrian sculpture of dictator Francisco Franco was...

Catalan Minister for Public Administration and Housing, Meritxell Borràs, during a press conference (by ACN)

04.10.16 - 18:44

Government evades Spanish Court suspension and passes anti-eviction law

The Catalan bill oriented toward avoiding evictions and facilitating mediation when the families involved are at social risk has been modified in order to dodge the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) suspension. The Catalan Government...

Government's Secretary for Universities and Research, Arcadi Navarro (by ACN)

14.09.16 - 18:57

Catalonia aims to host the largest higher education meeting in Europe in 2020

The Catalan Secretary of Universities and Research, Arcadi Navarro, and the President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), Laura Howard, have a meeting next Friday September the...

Closed stand of the Mediterranean Games in Tarrgona (by ACN)

07.11.16 - 18:53

Tarragona Mediterranean Games will have to wait until 2018

On the 15th of October 2011 the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games (ICMG) chose Tarragona as the city to host the Games in 2017. In this way Tarragona, in southern Catalonia, culminated its quest for the event, dating back to...

Empty desks at Badalona’s City Hall (by ACN)

11.10.16 - 19:49

Judge prohibits Badalona City Hall from working on Spain’s National Day

Administrative Court Number 14 of Barcelona has prohibited Badalona City Hall from opening any municipal offices on Spain’s National Day, this Wednesday the 12th of October. The municipal government of Badalona announced...

A medical team during surgery in Vall d'Hebron (by ACN)

23.09.16 - 17:29

Vall d’Hebron Hospital opens new surgical ward with cutting-edge technology

The surgical facilities at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona were created in the 50’s. Now, half of a century later, the hospital has launched a new surgical ward for highly complex surgery. It has 10,000 square metres and 19 operating...
Parc Taulí Hospital in Sabadell, 30 kilometres Northfrom Barcleona (by ACN)

13.09.16 - 18:22

First confirmed infantile death from enterovirus in Catalonia

The first fatal victim of enterovirus has been confirmed this Tuesday in Catalonia. The victim was a baby who had been admitted to Parc Taulí Hospital in Sabadell, suffering from flu and vomiting followed by...

Catalan MEPs, Josep Maria Terricabras (ERC), Ramon Tremosa (PDECat) and Ernest Urtasun (ICV)

27.10.16 - 19:41

Overturning of bullfighting ban in Catalonia outrages 37 MEPs from different parties and countries

The possibility that bullfighting could return to Catalonia by imposition of the Spanish Constitutional Court (TC) has outraged 37 MEPs from five different parties. The signatories of a joint declaration, promoted by Catalan Eco-Socialist ICV...

Emblem of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), Spain's highest judicial institution (by ACN)

10.10.16 - 14:33

Council of Europe warns Spain over violation of its recommendations on judicial independence

Spain is failing in transparency and judicial independence. According to the Group of States against Corruption of the Council of Europe (Greco), the Spanish Government has not satisfactorily applied any of the...

The sociologist, economist and political advisor Jeremy Rifkin with Catalan President Carles Puigdemont (by ACN)

22.09.16 - 19:30

Catalonia has the potential to lead the Third Industrial Revolution, says American economist Rifkin

Catalonia has the “cultural capital” and the “knowledge” to promote a new model of production, more sustainable than the “obsolete” one. This is the main conclusion of a lecture given at the conference “A new Economic Paradigm for a...
High level robotics machinery at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron Hospital (by ACN)

08.09.16 - 19:47

Catalan high-tech exports grow by 19.4%

Catalan exports of high-technology industrial products grew by 19.4% in the second trimester of the year in comparison to the same period in 2015. In total, these exports were worth €8 billion, according to a report published by the...

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