Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Edward Hugh at The New York Times

Wednesday, 9 june 2010 | New York Times
Col·lectiu Emma's great friend, Edward Hugh, has been profiled at The New York Times: "The Blog Prophet of Euro Zone Doom". We want to congratulate Edward and thank him again for everything he has done for Col·lectiu Emma and for Catalonia. P.S. CNN also writes about Edward: "Part-time blogger calls the euro crisis and becomes an unlikely sage" [+]

About AVE (Spanish High-Speed Trains)

Thursday, 3 june 2010 | General
We would like to bring to your attention the report on high-speed trains in Spain that was published by the Barcelona daily Avui on Sunday May 23.   Some time ago Col.lectiu Emma wrote about a New York Times article on the same topic. We feel that the whole AVE business is a good example of things that have been done wrong by both Spanish parties when they have been in power. When times were good, huge amounts were wasted on high-profile projects that made little economic sense. [+]

Picasso: “Catalan is a beautiful language. Learn it"

Wednesday, 26 may 2010 | The Times
"Pablo Picasso up close and personal" (John Richardson, May 23, 2010) at Times Online. "(...) Jacqueline, who discouraged communist bigwigs from coming to the house, became increasingly drawn to Spain. She not only learnt Spanish, she also learnt to play the guitar and sing some of Picasso’s favourite songs, including the Catalan anthem Els Segadors. She also did her best to entertain elderly Catalan friends from Picasso’s Els Quatre Gats days, to whom he was passionately loyal. [+]

Resposta a la BBC

Friday, 21 may 2010 | BBC
(Resposta enviada per Heather Hayes a la BBC sobre l'article "Children found dead in Spain - father on sex charges", americana de Tenessee, patriota catalana, i bona amiga del Col·lectiu Emma; volem clarificar però que la periodista, Sarah Rainsford, ha fet articles objectius i positius en el passat sobre Catalunya, i aquesta resposta s'hauria d'entendre una puntualització i no una crítica directa). Hi. First of all, I think the BBC News is a brilliant service. [+]

Eyeless in Fraga

Sunday, 16 may 2010 | Matthew Tree
(Article of Matthew Tree) Fraga is the capital of the Franja de Ponent: a strip of territory running along Aragon's border with Catalonia, in which Catalan is spoken by a higher percentage of the local population (a total of some 50,000 people) than anywhere inside Catalonia itself. Among these Aragonese Catalan-speakers is Joaquín, a Fraga-born friend of mine, who – when I visited his home town in March - told me about a new problem at work: he has a fixed stand at the ecological fruit and vegetable market held in Saragossa, the capital of Aragon, every second Saturday. [+]

Cava i Girona a la premsa nordamericana

Tuesday, 11 may 2010 | New York Times, Portland Press Herald
Des del Col·lectiu Emma responem a informacions esbiaxades publicades a la premsa internacional, però també volem fer difusió d'articles positius sobre Catalunya que apareixen en aquests mitjans. Els articles esbiaxats són els que provoquen majors reaccions, i per això tendim a oblidar o minusvalorar molts articles positius. I no ho oblidem: la imatge de Catalunya (i en especial la de Barcelona) és molt bona a tot el món, i és només quan es parla de Catalunya com a subjecte polític és que de vegades (i cada vegada menys?) apareixen articles inexactes. [+]

In Praise of the Financial Times Report on Catalonia

Friday, 7 may 2010 | Financial Times
We would like to praise the FT for its constructive report on Catalonia as a place for business ("Doing Business in Catalonia"). We especially welcome the fact that some frequent misconceptions are duly noted and then quickly put to rest. For instance, the notion that the use of the Catalan language and the system of self-government are obstacles for the conduct of business is cogently proven wrong. The autonomic system has indeed added a layer of bureaucracy to an inflated and historically ineffectual central government. [+]

Sobre la resposta al Financial Times

Friday, 7 may 2010 | Financial Times
Des del Col·lectiu Emma volem felicitar al diari Financial Times pel seu reportatge "Doing Business in Catalonia" (la nostra resposta"In Praise of the Financial Times Report on Catalonia"). Ens felicitem especialment perquè algunes percepcions equivocades sobre Catalunya s'assenyalen i es responen, com que la llengua o l'autonomia són obstacles per fer negocis.   De fet estem d'acord en que les autonomies han creat un nou nivell de burocràcia a un estat ja inflat i ineficient com Espanya, però òbviament no es pot posar en el mateix sac a Extremadura, amb un 24% de funcionaris entre la població activa, i a Catalunya, amb un 8,8% (molt per sota la mitjana espanyola del 13,3%). [+]

Sobre la resposta a Les Échos

Tuesday, 4 may 2010 | Échos
Des del Col·lectiu Emma hem respost un article del diari francés Les Échos ("En Espagne, une crise économique et aussi morale") on parla de la crisi econòmica i moral espanyola. Compartim algunes de les crítiques de Les Échos, però volem fer algunes matisacions al fet que sembli afegir-se a un corrent actual a Espanya que planteja l'estat de les autonomies com el culpable de tots els mals de l'estat espanyol. Així doncs fem dos comentaris: Es pot acusar a Zapatero de moltes coses, però no, com afirma a Les Echoes, de "rellançar" les reivindicacions catalanes. [+]

Resposta a Les Échos (II)

Tuesday, 4 may 2010 | Échos
Suite à votre article du 4 mai (“En Espagne, une crise économique et aussi morale”) nous voudrions ajouter deux courtes précisions. On observe dernièrement à Madrid une tendance afin à rendre le système des communautés autonomes responsable de tous les maux du Royaume d´Espagne, et quelques affirmations de votre article semblent être proposées dans cet esprit. “Le président du gouvernement socialiste a relancé les revendications indépendantistes des nationalistes catalans et basques. [+]

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