Articles tagged as "Barcelona"

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Madrid security rating soars as Spain boasts two of Europe’s safest cities

Madrid and Barcelona offer excellent levels of personal, infrastructural and digital safety, the study found.

Madrid and Barcelona offer excellent levels of personal, infrastructural and digital safety, the study found.

Despite the recent terrorist attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, Spain’s two largest cities have ranked among some of the safest in Europe in the latest Safe Cities Index 2017, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit…

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Author: 07/11/2017 [0] Comments 

Cool heads needed as Catalonia “self rule” vote nears

Catalans will vote on October 1 on whether the region should break away from Spain. The problem is, the result will not be binding.

Catalans will vote on October 1 on whether the region should break away from Spain. The problem is, the result will not be binding.

Politics has the propensity to get messy quickly, perhaps more so in Spain than in most other European nations. Decades of fascist Franco rule kept a lid on regional tensions and whims by the use of force; and since 1976 Spain’s existence and progress as a successful European state has hinged largely on the promise and reality of an improved standard of living for all…

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Author: 25/09/2017 [0] Comments 

Could Catalonia’s independence bid be derailed by in-fighting?

The push for independence in Catalonia is still strong, but there have been some recent wobbles.

The push for independence in Catalonia is still strong, but there have been some recent wobbles.

Catalonia’s desire to secede from the rest of Spain is well known. What is less well known, however, is the uncomfortable fact that not every Catalan is on board with the urge to breakaway, and the numbers of anti-independence individuals in Catalonia have increased as Spain’s wider economy has improved…

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Author: 06/07/2017 [0] Comments 

Spaniards much more confident in economy, survey finds

Worries over employment and job security have eased among Spaniards, particularly in the past 12 months.

Worries over employment and job security have eased among Spaniards, particularly in the past 12 months.

Over half of Spaniards believe that the country’s economy is finally performing well, nearly a decade after the worst recession in recent memory hit.

A survey by international consulting firm GAD3 found that 52.5% of Spaniards are confident that Spain will boast one of Europe’s best-performing economies this year, echoing forecasts from leading economists that suggest the nation is at the forefront of growth…

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Author: 29/06/2017 [0] Comments 

This is how it’s done: North Korean officials visit Spain for beach resort inspiration

North Korean leader Kim-Jong un wants to develop beach tourism in the secretive socialist state. Image credit: AFP

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants to develop beach tourism in the secretive socialist state.
Image credit: AFP

The “Hermit Kingdom’ of North Korea likes to at least try to do things its own way, shunning much of the rest of the world for most of the time, and only inviting foreign attention when it has a propaganda push…

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Author: 26/06/2017 [0] Comments 

Catalonia sets date for new independence “referendum”

Catalans are less certain about independence since Spain's economy has improved, but they would still like the vote.

Catalans are less certain about independence since Spain’s economy has improved, but they would still like the vote.

Catalonia’s regional government has long agitated for independence from Spain, and is set to play the role of thorn in the side of Madrid once more in calling for a referendum later this year.

Led by spokesman Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan government will oversee an In or Out vote that, while likely to garner huge interest and a big turnout, will not have any legal standing within Spain

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Author: 12/06/2017 [0] Comments 

Barcelona district to trial €13 million universal income scheme

The basic income scheme is an innovative trial from the EU that could help improve the lives of thousands of Spaniards.

The basic income scheme is an innovative trial from the EU that could help improve the lives of thousands of Spaniards.

The notion of countries offering a universal basic income is a divisive one, with many arguing that it is impractical in reality. Switzerland held a referendum on introducing such a basic income – where every adult in the country receives a flat amount of money per month from the government – but rejected the plan…

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Author: 07/06/2017 [0] Comments 

Pro-Spain Catalans let their voices be heard at Barcelona rally

Not all Catalans want independence from Spain, and this week they made their voices heard.

Not all Catalans want independence from Spain, and last week they made their voices heard.

Most of the talk of the Spain-Catalonia independence issue is often dominated by secessionist voices eager for the northern region to go it alone. After all, those happy to maintain the status quo rarely feel the need to let their feelings be known so vociferously…

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Author: 27/03/2017 [0] Comments 

Catalonia’s symbolic independence referendum lands politician with two-year ban, large fine

Artur Mas, centre, after receiving his sentence at the Catalan High Court. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

Artur Mas, centre, after receiving his sentence at the Catalan High Court. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

Artur Mas, the former president of Catalonia and permanent thorn in Madrid’s side, has been slapped with a €36,500 fine and been barred from holding public office for two years following the staging of Catalonia’s symbolic independence referendum in 2014…

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Author: 17/03/2017 [0] Comments 

Catalonia readies the groundwork for another secession referendum from Spain

Protestors wave Catalan flags as they await the arrival of former Catalan President Artur Mas outside court in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year.

Protestors wave Catalan flags as they await the arrival of former Catalan President Artur Mas outside court in Barcelona, Spain, earlier this year.

The Catalan regional government is preparing the logistics for another referendum vote on secession from Spain – even though any vote will likely have no legal standing in the eyes of Spanish law.

A symbolic vote was held two years ago by pro-independence campaigners that drew more than two million voters with a desire to break away from Spain. However, turnout was relatively low given the fact that the referendum’s result had no bearing on actual policy…

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Author: 06/03/2017 [0] Comments 
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