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culture

First professor of Catalan language in Italy dies

Italian philologist, Giuseppe Tavani (Rome, 1924), who was the first professor of Catalan in Italy, has died. Tavani was awarded the Sant Jordi Cross in 1997 for his services to Catalan and for promoting...

society

Call for Franco police HQ to become memorial

Cultural and historical groups have set up a committee with the aim of turning the Jefatura Superior de Policía on Barcelona’s Via Laietana, the former HQ of Franco’s political police and today a...

Cases of tuberculosis fall below a thousand

The number of cases of tuberculosis diagnosed in Catalonia fell below a thousand for the first time in 2017, according to the epidemiological report by Catalonia’s Agency of Public Health. The study...

Pure photography

La Pedrera opens a retrospective of Gabriel Cualladó, a photographer who changed the discipline in Spain with images that reveal the profound in the everyday

politics

Mariàngela Vilallonga, new culture minister

Mariàngela Vilallonga, the vice president of the Institute of Catalan Studies, is to replace Laura Borràs as the Catalan culture minister. Borràs has to leave the post to contend the upcoming general...

business

Nissan ready to lay off up to 500, say unions

Vehicle manufacturer Nissan is looking at reducing staff numbers in its Barcelona plant by up to 500 people. The unions say the potential reduction comes after the company lowered production. Union representatives...

education

Barcelona to act against school segregation

Barcelona’s education consortium is to put an action plan into effect against segregation in schools. The plan will go into effect in the next academic year, although it will begin to be applied in the...

The battle of the banners continues

President Torra to take legal action against electoral commission and hangs third banner from government balcony

tourism

Long-distance visitors make up 50% of total tourist revenue

Last year, some five million so-called “quality” long-distance tourists, mostly from Asian countries, made up a quarter of all foreign visitors to Catalonia (19.1 million in all). However, while they...

Judge demands all info related to CUP HQ seige

Judge of Instruction Number 9 of Barcelona has called on the public prosecutor of Barcelona to produce all information and files related to the actions carried out on September 20, 2017, with regard to...