Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Recommended article at the Wall Street Journal: "Why Spain Won't Reform" by Raymond Zhong

Thursday, 26 april 2012 | Wall Street Journal
We want to recommend the following article by Raymond Zhong: "Why Spain Won't Reform" An excerpt: Still, the billion-euro issues are growth and structural reform. On these, too, Mr. Rajoy has assured and reassured markets and policy makers of his resolve. But here in Catalonia, the autonomous region of Spain whose capital is Barcelona, few are counting on Madrid to do the right thing. For now, the evidence is on the doubters' side. (...)  But according to Andreu Mas-Colell, Catalonia's economy minister, the real story is a little different. [+]

Espanya no es reformarà, ho sabem els catalans i ho sap el Wall Street Journal

Thursday, 26 april 2012 | Wall Street Journal
Recomanem l'article "Why Spain Won't Reform" de Raymond Zhong publicat al Wall Street Journal. En aquest article s'explica que el govern d'Espanya afirma que resoldrà amb èxit les reformes pendents, que des de Catalunya som molt escèptics, i dóna la raó als catalans. Per demostrar-ho posa varis exemples: com el Ministre de Guindos va defensar en el propi Wall Street Journal  passar de 40 tipus de contractes laborals a només 2, mentre que la reforma laboral ha incrementat el número de contractes a 41; com, tal i com explica el Conseller Mas-Colell, l'estat té discreció per reduir les seves aportacions a les autonomies per sortir millor a la foto, com discrimina les inversions i recursos que dedica a Catalunya, i com el propi estat no realitza les reformes que té pendents; o la bogeria dels trens d'alta velocitat, que explica el Professor Germà Bel. [+]

Recommended article at The Scotsman: "An idea of nationhood" by Michael Keating

Wednesday, 25 april 2012 | The Scotsman
(You can find the original article by clicking here). Catalan independentists: Newly revived zeal. Picture: AFP Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012 02:47   As Scots wrangle over their country’s constitutional soul, Michael Keating asks if Catalonia’s newly revived zeal for independence offers us a way through the haze towards 2014   Something new is afoot in Catalonia, the biggest of Spain’s historic nationalities. [+]

Presentació a Cornellà: "Catalunya al món: com som i com diuen que som"

Monday, 23 april 2012 | Conferència, General
Aquest dijous 26 d'abril, a les 20 hores a l'Orfeó Catalònia de Cornellà (c/Torres i Bages, 62), Salvador Garcia-Ruiz, economista i promotor del Col·lectiu Emma, farà la conferència "Catalunya al món: com som i com diuen que som". L'acte està organitzat per l'Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC). [+]

Recommended article at the Financial Times: "Spain needs a new deal for its regions", by Professor Carles Boix

Thursday, 19 april 2012 | Financial Times
We strongly recommend the following article: "Spain needs a new deal for its regions", by Professor Carles Boix (Robert Garrett professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University). An excerpt: Spain’s central government has shifted much of the blame for the country’s deficit on to (allegedly free-spending) regional governments. Yet in fact, a lthough most regions manage education and health, most regulatory and tax-and-spend powers remain with central government. [+]

Recommended article about Menorca at the New York Times

Sunday, 15 april 2012 | Menorca, New York Times
We want to recommend the following article about Menorca published at the New York Times: "Off the Coast of Spain, a Tranquil Biosphere Reserve", by Sarah Wildman. An excerpt about Menorca's culture: But there is also a cultural dimension to Minorca’s ecosystem. The island isn’t Spanish exactly, nor simply Catalan (though Menorquin, a dialect of Catalan, is the lingua franca). This pocket of old Mediterranean culture was shaped by an array of colonizers — Romans, North Africans, Spanish and, for a brief period, the Turkish. [+]

Letter to Mr. Mikael Ohlsson, IKEA's President and CEO (Swedish version)

Sunday, 1 april 2012 | General, IKEA
(The following letter was sent to Mr. Mikael Ohlsson, IKEA's President and CEO, by a Col·lectiu Emma's friend; no answer has been received) Ref: What can we do better at Ikea? Mikael Ohlsson Financial Times, April 3rd, 2011 Mikael Ohlsson President and CEO Bargelaan 20, Leiden, NL 2333CT, Netherlands  Barcelona, February 8th 2012 Till Mikael Ohlsson Jag är ett stort fan av Ikea. Nyligen blev jag dock väldigt besviken när jag i en Barcelona-tidning läste bifogade insändare. [+]

Letter to Mr. Mikael Ohlsson, IKEA's President and CEO (English version)

Sunday, 1 april 2012 | General, IKEA
(The following letter was sent to Mr. Mikael Ohlsson, IKEA's President and CEO, by a Col·lectiu Emma's friend; no answer has been received) Ref: What can we do better at Ikea? Mikael Ohlsson Financial Times, April 3rd, 2011 Mikael Ohlsson President and CEO Bargelaan 20, Leiden, NL 2333CT, Netherlands . Barcelona, February 8th 2012 Dear Mr. Ohlsson I am great fan of IKEA. Recently, though, I was very disappointed when I read in a Barcelona newspaper the letter I am enclosing herewith. [+]

Recommended readings about Catalonia ("Catalan Business Innovation") - InTransit newsletter

Monday, 26 march 2012 | InTransit
New InTransit newsletter: "Catalan Business Innovation". (...) Catalonia is a clear example of innovation. One reason is the number of new companies with innovative products and services, especially those that are technology-based, that have been created over the last few years. In addition, there are numerous organizations have been reinventing themselves and introducing pioneering systems of management and marketing.  Solutions such as eDreams, Privalia, Atrapalo.com, eyeOS, Groupalia . [+]

Oferta del diari ARA pels amics del Col·lectiu Emma

Sunday, 11 march 2012 | ARA
El diari ARA ens ha fet arribar aquesta oferta pels membres del Col·lectiu Emma, en especial per aquells que viuen a l'estranger.  D'acord al que ens han proposat a l'ARA, fem extensiva aquesta oferta a tots els amics del Col·lectiu Emma que seguiu aquesta web. ********** DOS MESOS DE SUBSCRIPCIÓ GRATUÏTA A L'EDICIÓ DIGITAL DEL DIARI ARA Benvolguts membres del Col·lectiu Emma, Us oferim la possibilitat de llegir durant dos mesos tots els continguts del diari ARAper Internet. [+]


Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

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