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How do Scotland's tax and spending powers compare with Catalonia? - The Guardian

How do Scotland's tax and spending powers compare with Catalonia? - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
After the report of the Smith Commission it looks like Scotland is set to get new powers over taxation and welfare but how does it compare to the similarly nationalist Catalonia?

 

Scotland is set to get powers over income tax and welfare, after the cross-party approved Smith commission released its recommendations.

 

The full list of new key powers is listed here but will it be enough to put-to-bed the issue of independence for Scotland?

One obvious comparative is the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain, where, despite an increase in devolved powers over the years, there is significant demand for a referendum similar to the Scottish one.

 

Taxation

The big news from the commission is that Scotland is set to be handed the power to set the rate of income tax. However, Westminster will still control certain elements of it including the personal allowance (the amount earned before tax) and what is defined as ‘income’...

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Barcelona’s second appeal gets Lionel Messi’s yellow card rescinded - The Guardian

Barcelona’s second appeal gets Lionel Messi’s yellow card rescinded - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Lionel Messi’s yellow card for time-wasting after he was apparently hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd in Sunday’s La Liga game at Valencia has been rescinded by the Spanish federation.

 

Barcelona’s initial appeal was rejected by the competition committee and the club lodged a second challenge with a higher appeals committee which ruled in their favour on Thursday.

The Spanish federation said the committee had been unable to detect “deliberate time-wasting” on Messi’s part but only “a normal reaction from someone who had suffered an aggression by a spectator”.

Messi was celebrating his side’s 94th-minute winner near the corner flag at the Mestalla stadium when a plastic bottle was thrown from the stands and appeared to strike him on the head...

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Mr Mas throws down the gauntlet - The Economist

Mr Mas throws down the gauntlet - The Economist | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Catalonia's president dares separatists to unite, and Madrid to try and stop them

 

SPAIN'S central government had hoped that the mock referendum on independence which Catalonia staged on November 9th might release steam from the separatist pressure-cooker. Instead, Artur Mas, the president of the wealthy north-eastern region, seems ready to escalate the confrontation. In a speech on November 25th, he pledged to call a plebiscitary election on independence—a snap vote around the issue that would also elect a new regional parliament—if the separatist movement can unite behind him to form a single list of candidates.

 

Unlike the November 9th vote, there would be no doubts about such an election's legality. If it returned a separatist majority, it would plunge Catalonia into a period of deep political uncertainty. The main independence movement, the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), is pushing Mr Mas for a vote in February...

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Lionel Messi’s yellow card stands after he was hit by bottle at Valencia - The Guardian

Lionel Messi’s yellow card stands after he was hit by bottle at Valencia - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona’s appeal against Lionel Messi’s yellow card for time-wasting after he was hit on the head by a plastic bottle in Sunday’s La Liga game at Valencia has been rejected by the Spanish football federation.

 

Messi was celebrating Barça’s 94th-minute winner with his team-mates near the corner flag at the Mestalla stadium when the bottle was thrown from the stands.

 

Messi was examined by a member of Barcelona’s medical staff after the final whistle and did not appear to be injured, giving the thumbs-up as he walked off the pitch...

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Catalonia’s vote was not constitutional - Spanish Ambassador to the UK - The Guardian

Catalonia’s vote was not constitutional - Spanish Ambassador to the UK - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Letters: The Spanish government did what all democratic governments are supposed to do: uphold the law
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Spanish prime minister visits Catalonia in wake of independence poll - The Guardian

Spanish prime minister visits Catalonia in wake of independence poll - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Mariano Rajoy said recent unofficial referendum ‘failed resoundingly’ despite 81% voting for independence
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Madrid says fresh Catalan independence push is ‘step to nowhere’ - FT

Madrid says fresh Catalan independence push is ‘step to nowhere’ - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The political stand-off between the Spanish government and leaders in the region of Catalonia has hardened further, after the Catalan president outlined a plan to achieve independence from Spain by 2016 and Madrid dismissed it as a “step towards nowhere”.

Tensions between the two sides have risen steadily in recent months, fuelled by the Catalan government’s decision to hold an informal independence ballot on November 9.

The vote went ahead despite the opposition of Spain’s government and constitutional court. More than 2.3m voters – roughly one-third of the regional population – took part in the poll, with more than 80 per cent backing an independent state. Artur Mas, the Catalan president, is now under criminal investigation for defying the court’s ruling that the vote be suspended.

 

Shrugging off the rising pressure from Madrid, Mr Mas on Tuesday outlined a new road map towards independence. At its core is a proposal to hold an early regional election and to transform the ballot into a quasi-referendum on independence.

 

The Catalan president said he wanted pro-independence parties and individuals to run on a joint list, with the aim of securing an absolute majority – and a powerful mandate to negotiate independence with Madrid and other European governments...

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The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future - EUROPP

The only solution to the Catalan question is to recognise that Catalonia is a separate demos capable of deciding its own future - EUROPP | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
A non-binding consultation on Catalan independence was held on 9 November, with over 80 per cent of those voting indicating that they would like Catalonia to be independent. Montserrat Guibernau ar...
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The Spanish government should offer Catalonia a referendum on federalism, not independence - EUROPP

The Spanish government should offer Catalonia a referendum on federalism, not independence - EUROPP | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Catalonia held a non-binding consultation on independence on 9 November. Francesc Trillas assesses the argument that the Spanish government should now seek to address the Catalan independence debat...
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Apoel Nicosia 0-4 Barcelona - Lionel Messi scores hat-trick in Barcelona’s victory over Apoel Nicosia - The Guardian

Apoel Nicosia 0-4 Barcelona - Lionel Messi scores hat-trick in Barcelona’s victory over Apoel Nicosia - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi set a new Champions League scoring record with a hat-trick and Luis Suárez found the net for the first time in Barcelona colours as they comprehensively beat Apoel Nicosia 4-0 in the Champions League
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Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen may need surgery to resolve knee problem - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen may need surgery to resolve knee problem - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona are concerned about the former defender who cost £15m from Arsenal but has yet to play
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The best goals of the week: Lionel Messi, Hulk and Jérémy Ménez - The Guardian

The best goals of the week: Lionel Messi, Hulk and Jérémy Ménez - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Featuring a screamer from the seventh division in Poland, a team goal from Milan and a swift counter-attack from Iran
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Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum - The Guardian

Catalan president faces multiple charges after independence referendum - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Artur Mas has been charged with disobedience and misuse of public funds among other crimes by attorney general

 

The Spanish attorney general has charged Catalan president Artur Mas with disobedience, perverting the course of justice, misuse of public funds and abuse of power in relation to the unofficial referendum on independence held on 9 November.

 

The unofficial poll was called after the referendum scheduled for the same day was ruled illegal by Spain’s constitutional court. The court then also outlawed the unofficial vote but it went ahead anyway. Poll booths were staffed by volunteers and no civil servants were directly involved, a strategy Mas hoped would circumvent the ban...

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Is Catalonia’s bid for independence affecting its housing market? - FT

Is Catalonia’s bid for independence affecting its housing market? - FT | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona attracts foreign buyers despite fears of possible political and monetary instability in the Spanish region 

What stands out most about Barcelona’s skyline today is something that is largely absent: cranes. There are still some over Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família basilica, but otherwise Spain’s second city is almost bereft of major construction projects.

 

The dearth of cranes is no surprise. Battered by the pop of the country’s real estate bubble, Spanish property prices have plunged more than 40 per cent from their 2007 peak, according to property website Fotocasa, and 1.5m construction jobs disappeared, according to Spain’s INE statistics bureau.

 

Yet over the past two years, the low prices and lack of new properties have led to a brisk trade in high-end Barcelona apartments, as foreigners with cash have pounced on apparent deals in the Mediterranean seafront city...

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Andrés Iniesta’s return from injury boosts Barcelona for derby - The Guardian

Andrés Iniesta’s return from injury boosts Barcelona for derby - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona have been boosted by the successful return from injury of their playmaker Andrés Iniesta as they prepare to host their city rivals Espanyol

 

Iniesta played for the first time since damaging a calf muscle at the end of October in Wednesday’s 4-0 Copa del Rey victory at third-tier Huesca...

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Food, beauty, anarchy: new guided tours of Barcelona by the locals - The Guardian

Food, beauty, anarchy: new guided tours of Barcelona by the locals - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona is full of tourist traps, but new, bespoke walking tours, operated by locals – and backed by superstar chef Ferran Adrià – offer a glimpse into the hidden life of the city, says Paul Richardson
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Barcelona’s home kit next season will feature horizontal stripes - report - The Guardian

Barcelona’s home kit next season will feature horizontal stripes - report - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona could be about to adopt horizontal stripes on their home kit for the first time in their 115-year history, according to the Catalan newspaper Sport.

 

Under the headline ‘Revolution in the new shirt’, the paper quotes an inside source from the club and says the new design has already been approved by the club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, having been presented by their kit manufacturers, Nike, at a secret ceremony at the Camp Nou on Monday...

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Lionel Messi hit by a bottle in Barcelona’s late win at Valencia - The Guardian

Lionel Messi hit by a bottle in Barcelona’s late win at Valencia - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi was struck when celebrating Sergio Busquets’ winner for Barcelona, who are two points behind the leaders, Real Madrid
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Luis Suárez scores first Barcelona goal as Lionel Messi breaks record - The Guardian

Luis Suárez scores first Barcelona goal as Lionel Messi breaks record - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez says he has developed a good understanding with Lionel Messi after he scored his first Barcelona goal

 

Suárez returned to action at the end of October after serving a four-month ban for biting the Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup and, although it took him six matches to open his account, he has looked sharp – playing in a central position with Messi mainly to the right but with freedom to roam and Neymar on the left...

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Catalonia moves closer to early election as dialogue hopes fade - Reuters

Catalonia moves closer to early election as dialogue hopes fade - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

MADRID (Reuters)  - Catalonia's two main parties on Wednesday moved a step closer to calling a snap regional election they want to use as a proxy for a referendum on independence from Spain.

The region, which accounts for one fifth of Spain's economic output, went ahead with a symbolic independence referendum on Nov. 9 despite Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy blocking such a move in the courts and calling it illegal.

After the vote, Catalan leader Artur Mas, who has been sued for defying a court injunction not to hold it, said he was considering calling an early election if regional parties could unite behind a single banner in favour of independence.

Late on Tuesday, he outlined a plan to create a Catalan state within 18 months with the first step being to build a common electoral platform, uniting politicians...

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Spanish PM Rajoy rejects Mas's early Catalan election call - BBC

Spanish PM Rajoy rejects Mas's early Catalan election call - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has dismissed as a "step to nowhere" a proposal for early elections in the restive region of Catalonia, where a non-binding vote on independence was held this month.

The president of the north-eastern region, Artur Mas, said an early poll was the only way for pro-independence parties to push for secession.

 

He could face prosecution for helping to organise the 9 November vote...

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David Mackay obituary - The Guardian

David Mackay obituary - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Architect in the Barcelona practice that designed the athletes’ village and harbour for the city’s Olympic Games in 1992

 

David Mackay, who has died aged 80, was a partner in the Barcelona architecture practice MBM (Martorell, Bohigas & Mackay), which designed the athletes’ village and harbour for Barcelona’s 1992 Olympic Games and gained an international reputation for repairing and shaping cities.

 

The career of the architect at the heart of the urban regeneration of Barcelona started in the 1960s, when he took a stand against the neglect and speculation that ravaged the city under the Franco dictatorship. It blossomed in the 1980s, when the Socialist party that ran the city council responded to pressure from below to create more public space and convert post-industrial wastelands to housing and social use...

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi becomes Champions League’s all-time top scorer - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi becomes Champions League’s all-time top scorer - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi became the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League after scoring twice for Barcelona in their Group F clash against Apoel Nicosia
Lionel Messi has become the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League after scoring a hat-trick for Barcelona in their Group F clash at Apoel Nicosia. Messi moved level with the former Real Madrid striker Raúl’s tally of 71 goals with a brace in Barça’s previous match at Ajax, and on Tuesday he claimed sole ownership of the record...
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Catalonian independence referendum - Nouse

Catalonian independence referendum - Nouse | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The decision of the Scottish people to remain part of the UK in September sparked relief across Britain. However, the decision by the British government to grant the Scottish people the opportunity...
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Lionel Messi's hat-trick breaks La Liga record as Barcelona beat Sevilla - The Guardian

Lionel Messi's hat-trick breaks La Liga record as Barcelona beat Sevilla - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi became La Liga’s record goalscorer, with 253, after hitting a hat-trick for Barcelona in their 5-1 defeat of Sevilla at the Camp Nou

 

Lionel Messi set a La Liga scoring record of 253 goals with his latest hat-trick, as Barcelona brushed aside Sevilla. The previous mark has been held by former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Zarra since 1955, which marked the end of the Spaniard’s 15-year career with the Basque club. Zarra scored his 251 goals in 277 appearances while Argentina captain Messi needed 289 games.

 

“We are all very happy and of course also for Leo,” Xavi, the Barça captain, said. “He has achieved an amazing and historic record.”

 

Messi, 27, equalled the record in the 21st minute with a typically breathtaking effort, curling a left-footed free kick around the wall and past Sevilla goalkeeper Beto. He struck again from close range in the 72nd minute and scored a third goal six minutes later with a powerful low drive from the edge of the penalty area...

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