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In the 1950s, Barcelona City Hall expropriated the land where Assumpta's house is located to implement a new urban development plan for Poblenou. This old working-classs neighborhood by the seaside has become one of Barcelona's most trendy areas. Foto: Andrea Rodés

Mrs. Assumpta, a descendant of working-class immigrants from rural Spain, explains how she managed to keep her little house with a garden in the middle of one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Barcelona.

Spanish Government Remains Inflexible, Rejects Negotiating with Catalan Separatists

 10/06/2017 - 03:44
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures while speaking during an interview with Spanish News Agency EFE, at the La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 5, 2017. EPA-EFE/ANGEL DIAZ

Spain’s constitutional court has blocked a session of the Catalan Parliament a bid to stop the region’s lawmakers from declaring independence on Monday. Fearing economic turmoil,  some Catalan companies announce they are moving headquarters out of Catalonia.


Catalunya - Spain: the Independence Referendum’s bitter hangover

 10/02/2017 - 19:04
The brutality perpetrated by Spanish police last Sunday in order to prevent a referendum of independence in Catalonia has pushed dozens of young people to protest against the presence of the Spanish police in Barcelona. Photo: Andrea Rodés

After the scenes of police violence experienced on Sunday - when the country celebrated a referendum for independence that Madrid considers illegal – the Catalan society is still in shock. The central government is behind the harsh police crackdown on polling stations, which has left more than 800 injured. While the Catalan government is considering declaring independence, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says that there was no referendum and that the police did their job.


Catalunya - España: la amarga resaca del Referéndum de Independencia

 10/02/2017 - 13:08
La brutalidad perpetuada por la policía española el pasado domingo con el fin de impedir un referendum de independencia en Catalunya ha empujado a decenas de jóvenes a manifestarte en contra de la presencia de la policía española en Barcelona. Foto: Andrea Rodés

La sociedad catalana, en shock tras las escenas de violencia policial vividas el domingo, cuando el país celebraba un referendum por la independencia que Madrid considera ilegal. El gobieno central está detrás de la dura represión policial contra los colegios electorales, que ha dejado a más de 800 heridos. Mientras el gobierno catalán se plantea declarar la independencia, el primer ministro español Mariano Rajoy asegura que no hubo ningún referendum y que la policía cumplió con su deber. 


Barcelona attack: Ripoll, the Pyrenees town that spawned a terrorist cell

 08/21/2017 - 08:07
Varias mujeres familiares de los jóvenes de Ripoll (Girona) presuntos autores de los atentados de Barcelona y Cambrils (Tarragona), durante la concentración que ha realizado la comunidad musulmana esta tarde en la plaza del Ayuntamiento para expresar, "rotos" de dolor, el rechazo a lo ocurrido y guardar un minuto de silencio por las víctimas. EFE/Robin Townsend

 The Spanish authorities said that the attacks that killed at least 14 people in Barcelona and Cambrils appeared to be part of a terrorist cell’s extensive plot led by the imam of a the small mountain town of Ripoll. He may have died a day before the attacks when explosives that the group was manufacturing accidentally detonated.