News from El Punt Avui

Spain breaks promise to driving instructors

Despite the five month long strike by driving examiners from the General Directorate of Transit (DGT) last year, the government has failed to fulfil its promised pay rise - the agreed terms which brought...

RUSSIA

Activist Liudmila Alekséieva, dead in Russia at 91

Russia’s longest serving and best known defender of human rights, Soviet ex-dissident, Liudmila Alekséiva, died yesterday, in Moscow, at age 91, according to the Presidential Council of Russia for Civil...

CHINA

Huawei affair creating a diplomatic storm

The extradition order for the Huawei VP and daughter of the founder, Meng Wanzhou, has created a diplomatic shockwave between the USA and China. The Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs summoned the American...

Leo Messi against Espanyol: “The Sniper”

Leo Messi is back to demonstrating why he is football’s number one, scoring from a free-kick not once but twice in Saturday’s derby match in Cornella de Llobregat. With four such goals this season,...

EUROPE

Flemish party leaves Belgian government

The government of Belgium is left having to find replacements for three cabinet minsters and two secretaries of state, as the Flemish Nationalist party NV-A has left the executive in protest over Belgium’s...

POINT MADE

Macron’s souflé collapses

Emmanuel Macron got into the Elysée Palace thanks to a crisis of credibility in the traditional French parties. Young and telegenic, he was presented to the public as a regenerator of politics, who eschewed...

Tories on the brink of a party split over May’s Brexit deal

One day remains until the British parliament votes on the deal for the departure from Europe of the UK, as agreed by Prime Minister Theresa May. Tension is at an all time-high in her ruling Conservative...

“I don’t expect a fair trial”

Interviewed on hunger strike: “The Constitutional Tribunal values the unity of the Spanish nation state above the fundamental rights of its citizens”

art

Yuri Rodekin through the looking-glass

The work of Yuri Rodekin blends tradition and modernity, but always in reference to himself. There are artists who paint what they feel and others what they see, Rodekin paints the reflection in the mirror....

tourism

Funds from BCN’s tourist tax to go to civic officers

Barcelona’s local council has approved spending of €4.4m from the city’s tourist tax. The largest part of the funds, up to €2.5m, will go to civic officers deployed in neighbourhoods where the...