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Keynes and the fiscal dividend of independence

In 1919 a brash young British economist attended the Paris Peace Conference representing the British Treasury. Frustrated with the terms agreed in the Treaty of Versailles —particularly with the enormous economic reparations that the Allied Powers demanded from the defeated side— he resigned and returned to Cambridge. In just two months, he wrote a book that had great international impact…

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I have always thought that you don’t truly know a person until you see how he or she acts in situations of personal crisis. For example, a husband’s reaction when his wife asks him for a divorce shows what he is like as a person. Some men recognize that they’ve done things badly and correct their mistakes. Sometimes this honest…

To Hide a Huge Deficit

Minister Montoro and his employee Ángel de la Fuente, former researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the UAB (Autonomous University of Barcelona), have finally published their "territorialized accounts". After a first reading, these are my reactions.First. It is not acceptable that the ministry would hide data that should be public property. Making the data publicly available would…

The Hurdles of a Third Way for Catalonia

Written by Carles Boix and J. C. Major   In its May 5 editorial, the Financial Times once again urged Spanish authorities to work on a compromise aimed at solving the Catalan question. The same point has been made more or less explicitly by other international actors. Likewise, in Madrid as well as in Barcelona, some small but influential groups…

Trobats els milions de Borrell!

En un article publicat a El País el dia 20 de gener, Josep Borrell i Joan Llorach Mariné conviden els lectors a explicar-los on són els 16.000 milions d'euros de la balança fiscal catalana. L'exministre socialista i el coautor del text descriuen una situació suposadament graciosa en la qual, després d'aconseguir la independència, Artur Mas i Oriol Junqueras es presenten…

Catalonia’s March Toward Self-Determination

We would like to draw your attention to the article “Catalonia’s March Toward Self-Determination” recently published in Politique étrangère and written by Carles Boix, Princeton University Professor and member of Catalonia’s National Transition Advisory Council, and J. C. Major of Col.lectiu Emma. The article is part of a comprehensive report by the prestigious French journal on the self-determination processes of…

Cataluña: cooperación o confrontación

Una de las principales incertidumbres relativas a la eventual creación de un Estado catalán es el encaje de este con Europa. Muchos catalanes se preguntan si este nuevo escenario sería compatible con seguir disfrutando de las ventajas económicas asociadas a nuestra pertenencia a la Unión Europea (UE) y a la zona euro.

"Dret a saber"

L’altre dia estava a una botiga de roba de Barcelona quan, de sobte, va entrar un atracador encaputxat. Després d’apuntar la dependenta amb una escopeta, es va emportar un total de 100 euros en efectiu. Va sortir corrents amb el botí però, en lloc de fugir, es va ficar a una cabina telefònica, es va treure la caputxa i va…
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