Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

La Catalogna e il rating della Spagna

Wednesday, 15 june 2011 | Catalogna Oggi
(Article recomanat de l'amic Marco Giralucci a Catalogna Oggi) Prendiamo spunto dall’articolo apparso su Il Sole 24 ore del 7 giugno 2011: “La Catalogna pesa sul rating della Spagna” che, a nostro avviso, non è completo perché alle dichiarazioni di Moody’s ne sono seguite altre, dell’UE, che ne smentiscono titolo e contenuto, e delle quali suIl Sole non c’è traccia. http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/notizie/2011-06-07/moodys-catalogna-pesa-rating-063856. [+]

Recommended readings about Catalonia ("The Spanish Fiscal Deficit Crisis") - InTransit newsletter

Tuesday, 14 june 2011 | InTransit
New InTransit newsletter: "The Spanish Fiscal Deficit Crisis". It seems like a new problem, but it isn’t. It is actually an issue that has never been properly resolved between Catalonia and the Spanish State: the fiscal deficit. The enormous difference between what Catalonia pays the central government and what Catalonia receives in return has been a common thread throughout history. There are many incidents that offer convincing proof of this imbalance all the way up to the present. [+]

Recommended readings about Catalonia ("The Spanish Fiscal Deficit Crisis") - InTransit newsletter

Tuesday, 14 june 2011
New InTransit newsletter: "The Spanish Fiscal Deficit Crisis". This new issue of InTransit includes many different articles that help us better understand this historical spririt of Europeanism, and also what an opportunity if would be if the Mediterranean Euroregion were to become an economic and cultural reality within a united Europe. In short, the Commonwealth of the South. We recommend this newsletter in order to know more about Catalonia's future and potential. [+]

Notes on Spanish public deficit and the regions’ responsibility

Wednesday, 8 june 2011
There have been in the last few weeks repeated informations in the international press about the current economic difficulties in Spain. One generally accepted view seems to be that the regions -Catalonia is usually mentioned in that regard- are the main obstacle to the good management of the crisis. The central government, on the other hand, is presented as a responsible party that is by and large taking the appropriate adjustment measures. We in Col·lectiu Emma share the general concern over the precarious financial situation in Spain and over the role that the system of autonomous communities has had in bringing it about, but we would also like to draw attention to a few points that tend to be passed over in those reports. [+]

Small Is Cute, Sexy, and Successful: Why Independence for Wales and Other Countries Makes Economic Sense

Monday, 6 june 2011 | Harvard Kennedy School Review
(Recommended article by Adam Price published at the Harvard Kennedy School Review) Adam Price is a Fulbright Scholar and a 2011 Mid-Career Master in Public Administration candidate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a two-term former Plaid Cymru (Party of Wales) Member of Parliament where he represented Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. The great French moralist André Gide’s last reported words were, “I love small nations. I love small numbers. [+]

Risultati delle Elezioni comunali di Barcellona

Tuesday, 24 may 2011 | Spaghetti BCN
(Article recomanat de l'amic Marco Giralucci al seu blog SpaghettiBCN)   Secondo la legge elettorale, il sindaco si elegge con la maggioranza assoluta, cioè la metà più uno dei consiglieri. Se però nessuno dei candidati la raggiunge in prima convocazione, la seconda volta basta essere il capo della lista più votata e questo è proprio il caso del nuovo sindaco di Barcellona Xavier Trias.   Per governare però serve una maggioranza più sostanziosa e Trias non ha, ad oggi, ancora chiarito se governerà in minoranza facendo accordi di volta in volta coi partiti presenti in consiglio, oppure farà la giunta con altri partiti. [+]

Lionel Messi: Boy Genius

Sunday, 22 may 2011 | New York Times
Recommended reading about Barça (and a little bit about Catalonia) at The New York Times: "Lionel Messi: Boy Genius". (excerpt) (...) But now they played for club, not country. Temporary brotherhood fissured. Blood rivalry resumed. Madrid, the capital, was once the base of Franco’s dictatorship and is now the seat of Spain’s constitutional monarchy; Barcelona sits in the heart of the autonomous Catalan region, with its own language and cultural (and soccer) identity. [+]

The Catalan kings

Saturday, 21 may 2011 | The Economist
Recommended reading about Barça (and a little bit about Catalonia) at "The Economist": "The Catalan kings".   (...) Barça puts more emphasis than any other major team on growing its own players. Other football teams often resemble the United Nations—the Arsenal first eleven, for example, frequently includes just two native-born Britons. Barça, by contrast, is still dominated by local players, and Catalan is often spoken in the dressing room. [+]

The billion-dollar grudge match: The enormity of El Clasico

Wednesday, 27 april 2011 | CNN
(Recommended article at CNN: "The billion-dollar grudge match: The enormity of El Clasico") (By Will Tidey, CNN) – There are few rivalries in sport that capture the imagination like the coming together of Real Madrid and Barcelona – a soccer match of such enormity that it has its own nickname: "El Clasico." On the field, it is a billion-dollar grudge match between the two best teams in the football-mad country of Spain.   Off the field, it is a tale of two cities – a clash of Castilian nationalism and Catalan pride; and a rivalry of cultures forged in the Spanish civil war and the reign of General Franco. [+]

St George's Day with a Catalan twist

Saturday, 23 april 2011 | The Guardian
(By Matthew Tree published at The Guardian)   The patron saint of the country in which I live is Sant Jordi, his name adapted here to Catalan just as it has been to the respective tongues of the 11 other countries that have adopted this apparent dragon-slayer as their national mascot. In Catalonia, however, far from being an occasion for patriotic breast-beating – as still seems to be the case in England – April 23, at least since the 15th century, has been revered as the dia dels enamorats or lovers' day, on which the enamoured are supposed to give a blood-red rose to their beloveds. [+]


Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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