Catalonia Today

Referendum legislation to see out the course

It was assumed that Parliament was called back early from the holiday period in order to pave the way for the October 1 referendum which will require the pertinent law to be passed for that to take place....

UK’s Irish border proposal

London proposes an open frontier between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland citing “unique circumstances” and the fragile peace agreement

Banks and social welfare

Only CaixaBank dedicates part of its profits to social welfare projects; a change in attitude from banks could help rebuild public confidence

Syria proves to be too much for del Ponte

Seven years of war in Syria have claimed the head of Carla del Ponte. Despite having overseen the horrors of Rwanda and the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, the experienced war-crimes prosecutor leading...

Russiagate goes to Grand Jury stage

Move indicates significant advance towards penal measures; White House warns of leaking state secrets

Unemployment drops by 1% in a slow July

The unemployment gap closed a little again in July, despite being one of the country’s main tourist periods. The number of jobless fell by 4,075 compared to June of this year (less than 1%) leaving a...

‘Au revoir’, ‘Moneymar’

Since his arrival in FC Barcelona four years ago, Neymar’s successes on the football field have been marred by legal problems resulting from his signing

New tax on ocean-going vessel pollution in 2019

The tax on cars which cause pollution to start in 2018 will be mirrored by another in 2019, this time on ocean-going vessels. The tax is envisaged to be levied on large passenger vessels and cruise liners...

Italy’s Mediterranean

Abandoned by the EU, Italy faces the migration crisis alone. Rigid rules hinder the work of NGOs, while far-right groups patrol the coast for boats