Catalonia News Headlines for August 2019
Holidays Are Here! Politics On Hold!
I don't expect anything other than an act of God to happen in August. Everyone's on holiday and it's time for Mickey Mouse news.
I may add other newspapers as the project progresses because, out of circumstance rather than choice, I read La Vanguardia every day as it is the newspaper available in the bar in Barcelona where I have breakfast.
- Thursday August 1st: Sánchez pressurises Iglesias with social collectives Sánchez pressurises Iglesias with the social collectives as the PSOE leader opens a round of contacts apart from Podemos to encourage a Portuguese-style government.
- Friday August 2nd: Apartment rentals go up more than 50% in six years Apartment rentals go up more than 50% in six years as more than half of homes spend more than 40% of their earnings on paying rent so Spain is the country in the OECD with the third highest prices, after Greece and the United Kingdom.
- Saturday August 3rd: PSOE and the right on a collision course in Navarre PSOE and the right on a collision course in Navarre as the abstention of five of the Bildu MPs converts Maria Chivite as president and the socialists deny having pacted with the the abertzales in the face of fierce attacks from PP and Cs.
- Sunday August 4th: Podemos wants to speed up negotiations with PSOE Podemos wants to speed up the negotiation with PSOE and close it this month as Pablo Iglesias' party tries not to lose the support of ERC in September and is already willing to make contact with Sánchez.
- Monday August 5th: King urges parties to avoid new elections The King urges the parties to avoid new elections as Felipe VI is confident that "there's a margin" for the parties to find a solution.
- Tuesday August 6th: Sánchez offers new finances in a year Sánchez offers new finances in a year as the president finalises the Compromis vote for the investiture and is meeting with PNV and the PP urges the PSOE leader to step aside in favour of a consensus candidate.
- Wednesday August 7th: Trump aggravates tension with China Trump aggravates tension with China by accusing it of manipulating the yen and the Asian giant replies by prohibiting the purchase of agricultural products from the United States.
- Thursday August 8th: Sánchez shows his lack of confidence in Iglesias Sánchez shows his lack of confidence in Iglesias and the coalition gets less likely as the president tramsmits his desire to avoid new elections to the King and Podemos just sees "excuses".
- Friday August 9th: El Prat faces another strike in security controls El Prat faces another strike in the security controls from today as the stop affects more than 185,000 users in one of the most intense days of the summer as the Ryanair pilots consider calling protests against the sackings.
- Saturday August 10th: Sánchez offers a programme agreement to Podemos Sánchez offers a programme agreement to Podemos and cites the independence parties as the president will open a round of contacts at the end of the month to bring about a new investiture facing criticism from the right.
- Sunday August 11th: Sovereignists' disagreements block reply to sentence The sovereignists' disagreements block the reply to the sentence as ERC, JxCat, ANC and Omnium opt for divergent strategies as the ruling of 1-0 trial approaches.
- Monday August 12th: Autonomies demand Govt relieve economic asphixiation The autonomies demand the Government relieve their economic asphixiation as communities led by populars, socialists and independentists coincide in asking for funds to reduce the gap of 9,500 million.
- Tuesday August 13th: Hong Kong closure airport aggravates China confict The closure of the airport of Hong Kong aggravates the confict with China as the authorities cancel flights after the terminals were taken by thousands of democratic demonstrators who are accused of being "terrorists".
- Wednesday August 14th: PP announces a historic income tax reduction in Madrid The PP announces a "historic reduction" of income tax in Madrid as Diaz Ayuso wants to counter the measures of the Sánchez government with tax cuts and presents a neo-liberal plan with concessions to the Vox programme.
- Thursday August 15th: German fall and European break sink stockmarkets The fall of Germany and the break in Europe sink the stockmarkets as the continent's main economy joins the recession and decreases to 0.1% until June while growth in the Eurozone falls by half.
- Friday August 16th: Open Arm migrants shared between six countries The Open Arm migrants are shared between six countries as an agreement between Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg and Romania try to put an end to the crisis after two weeks waiting for a port.
- Saturday August 17th: There was no previous knowledge of the atttack" Anniversary of 17-A: Interview with Eduard Sallent: Chief Superintendant of the Mossos d'Esquadra: The police chief evaluates the collaboration with the State police forces after the jihadi attack saying "The situation is better than in 2017; we've had a year and a half without attacks in Europe".
- Sunday August 18th: Salvini only allows Open Arms minors to disembark Salvini only allows the disembarcation of Open Arms minors as the Italian minister acceeds "against his wishes" to the transfer of 27 youngsters to Lampedusa and the NGO warns that it can no longer guarantee the security of the migrants on board the ship.
- Monday August 19th: Sánchez offers the ports of Palma and Maó Sánchez offers the ports of Palma and Maó but Open Arms insists on Italy as the NGO demands the urgent disembarcation in Lampedusa or a replacement boat while Salvini jokes about the polemic.
- Tuesday August 20th: Mossos send in riot squad due to security crisis The Mossos send the riot squad into Ciutat Vella due to the security crisis as the ambassador of Afghanistan, a 91-year-old tourist and a German the latest injured in violent robberies.
- Wednesday August 21st: Torra disagrees with Junqueras and wants clash with State Torra disagrees with Junqueras and prepares a clash with the State as the president sees dialogue as impossible and calls to take a risk to gain independence saying he supports civil disobedience and adds "I'm not a president to administer the autonomy".
- Thursday August 22nd: Generalitat sues Govt over lack of finance The Generalitat is suing the Government over lack of financen as Aragonès, who has accepted cuts of 6% in public companies, claims 1137 million euros in unpaid advances.
- Friday August 23rd: The Autonomies demand outstanding payments The Autonomies demand outstanding payments but keep their distance from the Generalitat and complain about the central government's debt but reject the judiciary route taken by Catalonia with only Castilla y León and Galicia not discounting going to court.
- Saturday August 24th: Trump urges US companies to abandon China Trump urges US companies to abandon China as the US President responds angrily to Peking's announcement of new tariffs in answer to those passed by Washington.
- Sunday August 25th: Barcelona wants more commitment against delinquency Barcelona calls for more commitment from justice against delinquency as the Catalan Government, City Council, police and lawyers see margin to act within the current law and the Generalitat proposes to the Public Prosecutor calls for keeping a distance.
- Monday August 26th: Macron shakes up G7 by inviting Iranian diplomat Macron shakes up the G7 summit by inviting the head of Iranian diplomacy as the French president tries to take advantage of the meeting to soften Donald Trump's posture towards Tehran.
- Tuesday August 27th: Trump stops China attacks after pressure from G7 Trump stops his attacks on China due to pressure from the G7 as Macron gets an agreement from the US president for a summit on Iran and the leaders meeting in Biarritz decide on measures to protect the Amazon.
- Wednesday August 28th: Monthly spending on pensions reaches new record Monthly spending on pensions accelerates and reaches a new record and the State designate 9,681 million euros in August to cover contributive pensions, whose average approaches 1000 euros.
- Thursday August 29th: Scandal in UK over suspension of Parliament Scandal in the United Kingdom over the suspension of Parliament as Johnson obtains the support of the Queen to stop the Commons from vetoing a No Deal Brexit.
- Friday August 30th: The Opposition tries to block Boris Johnson The Opposition tries to block Boris Johnson in the courts and in the streets as the Speaker of Parliament is looking for a way out, Corbyn is considering a motion, there are already three court cases and the protests begin.
- Saturday August 31st: Opposition loses Round 1 of Brexit court battle The Opposition loses the first round of the court battle for Brexit as two judges from Edinburgh and Belfast postpone the decision on the suspension of Parliament and ex-Prime Minister John Major joins the legal offensive against Boris Johnson.
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