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30 de set. 2012

Video in English on Catalonia's fiscal arrangements with Spain

Participants:


  • Prof. Clara Ponsatí (Director of the Institute for Economic Analysis; Barcelona Graduate School of Economics)
  • Prof. Montserrat Guibernau (Professor of Politics at Queen Mary College University of London)
  • Dr. Joan B. Casas (Dean of Catalan College of Economists; Managing partner of Faura-Casas Auditors-Consultors S.L.) 
  • Dr. Heribert Padrol (Head of the TaxArea Corps of State Finance Inspectorate)
  • Prof. Núria Bosch (Professor of Economics at the University of Barcelona; Researcher at Barcelona Economics Institute)
  • Dr. Elisenda Paluzie (Researcher at the Centre for the Economic Analysis of Social Policies; Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Barcelona)
  • Prof. Jordi Galí (Director of the Centre for Research in International Economics)
  • Prof. Carles Boix (Robbert Garret Professor of Politics & Public Affairs at Princeton University
  • Prof. Guillem López Casasnovas (Professor of Applied Economics at Pompeu Fabra University 
  • Prof. Andreu Mas-Colell (Minister of Economy and Knowledge, Gvoernment of Catalonia; Professor of Economics at Pompeu Fabra University; former Professor of Economics at Harvard University (1981-1996) 
Click to watch video Video in English (2m 54s)

More information: http://www.stopespoli.cat 

More information on Catalonia-Spain relations: see "Spain's Secret Conflicthttp://miquelstrubell.blogspot.com/2011/06/spains-secret-conflict-video-39-min-45.html

26 de set. 2012

Relations between Catalonia and Spain: "Make them give back what they took away"

The latest entry by the last President of Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández Vara is titled "Give back what you took away!"

Que devuelvan lo que se llevaron

Sé que no es hora de salidas de pata de banco. Ni de regates en corto. Pero las palabras hoy del Presidente de la Generalitat, sus decisiones y las consecuencias de las mismas, no me permiten cruzarme de brazos, nos nos permiten cruzarnos de brazos. Mañana tendré la oportunidad de valorar en rueda de prensa la situación, pero quiero decir algo que no admite demoras. No sé que pasará, creo que ni el lo sabe, y bien grave que es someter en plena crisis a Cataluña y al resto de España, a unas elecciones con un programa electoral basado en la independencia, y no en el empleo, las empresas, la educación o la sanidad. Pero si algún día logrará su objetivo, el President debería devolver antes lo que se llevaron hace ahora treinta o cuarenta años. No me refiero a riquezas materiales sino a seres humanos. 150.000 personas que nos fueros sustraidas, más sus hijos y sus nietos. No digo más. Nacieron en España, en una parte de la misma llamada Extremadura, que no les podía dar de comer porque alguien así lo decidió. Y se fueron a otra parte de España, Cataluña, porque el mismo así lo decidió. Llegado el momento, por favor que antes nos los devuelvan.
Guillermo
http://www.elcuadernodeguillermo.com/?p=180057&cpage=1#comment-9000

"Make them give back what they took away"

I know it's not the time for to bench leg outputs. Or for short dribbles. But today the words of the President of the Generalitat, his choices and the consequences thereof, will not let me sit back with folded arms, won't let us sit back with folded arms. Tomorrow I will have the opportunity to assess the situation in a press conference, but I mean to say something that can't wait. I do not know what will happen, and I don't think even he knows, and it is quite serious in the throes of this crisis, to subject in Catalonia and the rest of Spain, to an election with a manifesto based on independence, and not on employment, business, education or health. But if someday he were to achieve his objective, the President should first return what they took away thirty or forty years. I do not mean material wealth but human beings. 150,000 people were taken from us, and their children and grandchildren. I've said enough. They were born in Spain, in a part of it called Extremadura, that could not feed them because someone decided. And they went to another part of Spain, Catalonia, because that same person decided. If and when the time comes, please return them to us beforehand.

Note: Extremadura-born Catalan residents:
1981 184,592
1991 171,597
2001 152,097