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Les Relacions Internacionals de Catalunya

Les Relacions Internacionals de Catalunya | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

El periodista Martí Anglada, ex-corresponsal a Brussel·les, Berlín i els Estats Units (per TV3), corresponsal a l’Orient Mitjà, Itàlia i el Regne Unit (per La Vanguardia) i amb llarga experiència com a comentarista de política internacional ha fet una conferència a Bellaterra el dijous 15.11.2012, organitzada per Bellaterra per la Independència i centrada en observacions personals al llarg de la seva carrera periodística.

En Martí Anglada considera que Catalunya ha de tenir relacions internacionals sempre i en tot moment. De fet, la base de les relacions internacionals és tenir amics. I en els moments actuals si no hi ha amics és difícil la independència...

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Barcelona’s Xavi enthusiastic about leaving for ‘thrilling project in Qatar’ - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Xavi enthusiastic about leaving for ‘thrilling project in Qatar’ - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona captain Xavi Hernández has announced he will join the Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer, ending his 24-year run with the Catalan club
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Will Catalonia's dream of Independence be Crushed? - Shout Out UK

Will Catalonia's dream of Independence be Crushed? - Shout Out UK | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Will Podemos crush Catalonia's dream of becoming an independent state? 2015 promises to be a crucial year for dealing with this tense issue....

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Rapper among 19 arrested and accused of glorifying violent separatism in Spain - The Guardian

Rapper among 19 arrested and accused of glorifying violent separatism in Spain - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Def Con Dos leader Cesar Montana Lehmann, aka Cesar Strawberry, among those alleged by police to have glorified Eta, Terra Lliure and Grapo groups
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Homage to Catalonia - The Times

Homage to Catalonia - The Times | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Commemorating Spain’s civil war requires honesty about the brutality of both sides

 

"I never forgive but I always forget," declared Arthur Balfour. That might almost be a summary of the state of Spain's commemoration of its brutal civil war of 1936-39. General Francisco Franco, whose insurrection against the republican govern- ment established a peculiarly vicious dictatorship, died in 1975. Yet political divisions in interpreting these terrible events still run deep.

Now the son of the war's acutest observer, George Orwell, has stepped into the fray. Richard Blair has travelled to Aragon, in eastern Spain, to call for the restoration of the trenches where his father fought. It has become a party issue. The centre-right government of Mariano Rajoy has stopped funding for various heritage projects, citing financial constraints. The socialists in Aragon are making an election issue of the restoration.

 

It would be a disservice to history if the site were allowed to deteriorate. Yet commemoration of the war and preservation of its places of battle should present an unflinchingly honest account. The partisan claims of the republican side are far from being the full truth of the war. The nationalist revolt against a constitutional government was an outrage, as was its saturation bombing of civilians. Orwell's own reportage of the war makes clear the partiality to atrocity of the republican side too, however...

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Barcelona's demolition does Man City a favour - Manchester Evening News

Barcelona's demolition does Man City a favour - Manchester Evening News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Messi and Co's sprint to the final proves Manchester City were not CL flops after all.
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SNP plotting second independence referendum, say party sources - Mirror

SNP plotting second independence referendum, say party sources - Mirror | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The party says public opinion has shifted since last year's no vote but a new poll would be 'indicative' only and have no basis in law
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As executioner or conductor, Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the best - The Independent

As executioner or conductor, Barcelona star Lionel Messi is the best - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
He was, said his mentor, Pep Guardiola, the best player who has ever kicked a football, better even than Pele. Lionel Messi is heading to his third European Cup final and he seems more in command of his powers now even than when he destroyed Manchester United at Wembley four years ago.
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Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen makes his case for being undisputed No1 - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen makes his case for being undisputed No1 - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Ter Stegen, who has to share goalkeeping duties with Claudio Bravo, was arguably their man of the match ay Bayern Munich rather than the forwards

 

Albert Camus looks annoyed. The author and philosopher is trying to watch the football but the man with the microphone keeps asking questions. He wants to talk about the Nobel prize that Camus won earlier that year but Camus wants to talk about the football. Specifically he wants to talk about the goalkeeper, a position that Camus played at university in Algiers. “It’s when you’re in the middle of the woods,” says Camus, “that you realise how difficult it is.”

 

If you need any reminder of just how correct Camus was 58 years ago, you need only look at local pub players and how little enthusiasm is mustered on pitches each Sunday morning when the manager asks who fancies being in goal and everyone’s head drops as if a giant rock has been secured to their neck. They have a point. No one really wants a big finger of blame aimed at them should the other side score and it is hardly a position rolled in glitter and glamour. Most want to be the headline generators, the ones friends talk about in the pub after the game, not the one who cost their side three points...

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Lionel Messi is the best player of all time, says Bayern's Pep Guardiola - The Guardian

Lionel Messi is the best player of all time, says Bayern's Pep Guardiola - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, the Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, said after Barça eliminated his side 5-3 on aggregate to reach next month’s Champions League final
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Barcelona need motivation for Bayern Munich, says Luis Enrique #video - The Guardian

Barcelona need motivation for Bayern Munich, says Luis Enrique #video - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique looks ahead to his team's match against Bayern Munich in their second leg Champion's League semi-final
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Pep Guardiola in no man’s land with Barcelona ready to pull trigger - The Guardian

Pep Guardiola in no man’s land with Barcelona ready to pull trigger - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Bayern Munich are set to face Barcelona in the Champions League, trying to overturn a 3-0 deficit while reports continue to link Pep Guardiola with the Manchester City post
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Will Gaudí be made a saint? - BBC News

Will Gaudí be made a saint? - BBC News | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
For more than 20 years, devotees of the eccentric architect Antoni Gaudi have been campaigning for his beatification - might it actually happen?

 

The extraordinary basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona has been under construction for more than 130 years - and there are those who hope that by the time of its completion, some 20 years from now, architect Antoni Gaudi will already be on the path to sainthood.

 

Every year, millions of tourists stop to gaze at an enormous tangle of arches and spires in the centre of Barcelona.

The Sagrada Familia basilica is under construction - as it has been since 1883 - so the exterior is slightly marred by scaffolding. When these tourists step inside, though, they encounter the captivating vision of the church's architect, Antoni Gaudi. Lining the nave are pale, tree-like columns that stretch up to the heavens, where they open up to form a complex stone canopy. The many stained-glass windows cast a dappled, shimmering light on the walls...

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If Lionel Messi makes Pep Guardiola feel helpless, what chance do the rest have? - The Guardian

If Lionel Messi makes Pep Guardiola feel helpless, what chance do the rest have? - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Bayern Munich manager developed a reputation as a tactical sage at Barcelona but he also learned a valuable lesson at his former club: when Lionel Messi is on top form, no tactical plan or system can stop him
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Renewing my Barça membership - Jimmy Burns

Renewing my Barça membership - Jimmy Burns | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Nothing like renewing one’s FC Barcelona membership card-as I’ve just done – at the Camp Nou-to focus one’s mind.


Membership does not come cheap and in the many years of being a cule  I haven’t exactly gained much benefit from it. Phones lines are usually busy so it is almost impossible to communicate, let alone vote from London where I live for much of the year. Not being a techo geek, I find the membership section of the Barca website difficult to navigate, and I’ve never managed to get a ticket using my card, finding it easier to see matches as a guest of a friend , or as a journalist , or -if I am lucky with the draw- with fellow cules from my beloved Penya Blaurana London...

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Xavi Hernández is leaving Barcelona to join Qatari club Al Sadd - The Guardian

Xavi Hernández is leaving Barcelona to join Qatari club Al Sadd - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández will announce on Thursday he is leaving the club he joined as an 11-year-old to sign a lucrative three-year deal with the Qatari side Al Sadd, his agent has said
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Barcelona transform season from trouble to a possible treble | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

Barcelona transform season from trouble to a possible treble | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Four months ago, few thought regaining the Spanish title was really possible. But that night Barcelona beat Atlético Madrid. And on Sunday they beat them again

 

It started against Atlético Madrid and it ended against Atlético Madrid, the circle completed at the Calderón. Three hundred and 64 days after Atlético went to Barcelona and won the league, Barcelona went to Atlético and won it back again, Leo Messi’s superb goal sufficient to take the title. But maybe 17 May was not the date, after all; maybe 11 January was. The night the crisis was contained, a collective catharsis that became the first day of the rest of their season. There was trouble then; there may be a treble now. Barcelona have won the league and two of their three remaining games are finals: against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey and Juventus in the European Cup...

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Neymar is no Messi or Pelé but the world’s greatest sub-genius footballer | Barney Ronay - The Guardian

Neymar is no Messi or Pelé but the world’s greatest sub-genius footballer | Barney Ronay - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s gossamer goal-sprite has shown diamond-grade mental toughness and lets the pressure of playing with Lionel Messi wash over him

 

Welcome to the Premier League then, Nathan. Or rather, welcome to wherever you’re off to next, which will, let’s face it, almost certainly be somewhere else. The most obvious reaction to the news that Chelsea have signed the 19-year-old attacking midfielder Nathan from Atlético Paranaense was: why exactly have Chelsea signed the 19-year-old attacking midfielder Nathan from Atlético Paranaense? This is not to denigrate Nathan himself, who will join the club’s 26 loan players in a European league more hospitable to temp-to-perm teenage filler. Nathan may go on to have an excellent career, building on his time at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup, where he starred alongside his club-mate Mosquito. Nathan and Mosquito might even grow into one of football’s celebrated front lines, rather than simply sounding a bit like a much‑loved hifalutin 1990s Scottish indie band...

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Arsenal set for £3m windfall if Barcelona prevail in Champions League final - The Guardian

Arsenal set for £3m windfall if Barcelona prevail in Champions League final - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Arsenal are reportedly in line for a windfall of £3m if Barcelona defeat Juventus in the Champions League final next month, courtesy of their former defender Thomas Vermaelen
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Cancellation of La Liga strike clears way for Barcelona to secure title - The Guardian

Cancellation of La Liga strike clears way for Barcelona to secure title - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The final two rounds of fixtures in La Liga will go ahead as originally planned after a Spanish high court ruling on Thursday
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Barcelona president to stand trial on charges of Neymar signing tax fraud - The Guardian

Barcelona president to stand trial on charges of Neymar signing tax fraud - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Prosecutors have asked for a prison sentence for Josep Bartomeu and for Sandro Rosell, plus fines and payments of outstanding taxes involved with Neymar’s signing

A Spanish judge has ordered Barcelona’s president, Josep Bartomeu, his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, and the club to stand trial on charges they committed tax fraud in the signing of Neymar.

Judge Jose de la Mata has given the defendants, who deny any wrongdoing, 10 days in which to present their defence in writing, according to court documents published on Wednesday...

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Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barça: Barcelona clinch title with Lionel Messi magic against Atlético Madrid - The Guardian

Atlético Madrid 0-1 Barça: Barcelona clinch title with Lionel Messi magic against Atlético Madrid - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi’s superb goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win at Atlético Madrid which secured their fifth La Liga title in seven seasons

 

A year after Atlético Madrid went to Barcelona and won the league title Barcelona went to Atlético Madrid and won it back. As the final whistle went Barcelona’s players gathered in a circle, substitutes and squad players sprinting to join them, and danced while Gerard Piqué began spraying the Catalan cava. Luis Enrique, the manager who spent much of the season questioned but is now 180 minutes away from leading them to a treble, was not there; he was in the dressing room instead. “This gives us huge satisfaction,” he said. “But I prefer private celebrations.”

 

Barcelona, winners of the league, Copa del Rey and Champions League in Pep Guardiola’s first season, may become the only European club ever to complete two trebles – and in two debut managerial campaigns. This was Luis Enrique’s first title as manager but it may not be the last. His side have three games left: one more in the league against Deportivo La Coruña, which no longer matters, and then two finals. They face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey and a week later face Juventus in the Champions League. “We have to do everything we can to win those games,” the coach said...

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Bayern Munich 3-2 Barça (agg 3-5): Neymar leads Barcelona to Champions League final despite Bayern victory - The Guardian

Bayern Munich 3-2 Barça (agg 3-5): Neymar leads Barcelona to Champions League final despite Bayern victory - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona lost 3-2 to Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final but a double from Neymar helped Barça to the final with a 5-3 aggregate win.

 

On a muggy, absorbing, oddly processional night Barcelona reached their eighth European Cup final with their first win in Munich, cruising past the champions of Germany without ever really having to thrum up through the gears. A narrow win for Bayern Munich on the night – and a comfortable Barcelona victory overall – was just reward for Luis Enrique’s team, who were again wonderfully supple and incisive in attack when it mattered.

 

As it stands, Barcelona are now a triple-grab from a late-breaking treble, with three victories required from their last four matches to secure the Copa Del Rey, La Liga and Champions League. A first defeat since February will do little to still their momentum. This tie was already dead, buried and ceremonially despatched with half an hour gone...

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The best goals of the week: Memphis Depay, Leo Messi and Jermaine Beckford - The Guardian

The best goals of the week: Memphis Depay, Leo Messi and Jermaine Beckford - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Featuring overhead kicks from Germany and Spain, a passing move from Norway, a familiar goal from Seoul and a free-kick from Manchester United’s new forward
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La Liga’s race looks run: Barcelona can rule again after Real Madrid falter | Sid Lowe - The Guardian

La Liga’s race looks run: Barcelona can rule again after Real Madrid falter | Sid Lowe - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
On paper it looked like two home wins, but while Barcelona did their bit, Real found Valencia a comeback too far and will not stop the Catalans now
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Barcelona’s mighty Lionel Messi ready for encore against Bayern Munich | Paul Wilson - The Guardian

Barcelona’s mighty Lionel Messi ready for encore against Bayern Munich | Paul Wilson - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
At the very top of his game for Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final with Bayern, Messi seems to be improving with age. The best may be yet to come
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