Thu. Sep 19th, 2019

From the Sopranos to the City of Thieves


Friday, August 16

(Patience or reasons)

We start with several considerations about the conflict in Hong Kong and China:

- "Hong Kong is about to lose patience to Beijing who wants to make clear who has the last word" (M. Meseguer).

- “The Hong Kong government proposed amendments to the runaway criminal ordinance in order to highlight the rule of law. (...) Hong Kong is the Hong Kong of China ”(Lin Nan)

Did I kill her because she was mine? A good example of the rule of law?


Are human rights going back in the world?



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On the other hand, we look at the infrastructure problems in Catalonia:


Will the infrastructure deficit in Catalonia ever be alleviated?



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- “The tender for the development investment in Catalonia has increased by 77%. (...) In Cercanías, some actions are already tendered. (...) Aena plans to invest 1.5 billion in El Prat ... ”(Pablo Saura).

Too many futures: Parole, parole, parole ...


Would Rodalies improve if it managed the FGC service?



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Rodalies train in Sant Feliu de Llobregat.

Rodalies train in Sant Feliu de Llobregat.
(Xavier Cervera)









Finally, we end with a historical reflection about Catalonia:

“Some Catalan ultramontans in 1827 rose to demand the return of the old regime that nationalist historiography tends to forget” (I. Mtez de Pisón) Others want to remember it as an antidote to ‘procés’?


Is the history of Catalonia manipulated?



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The fountain of Sant Jordi del Pati dels Tarongers of the Palau de la Generalitat.

The fountain of Sant Jordi del Pati dels Tarongers of the Palau de la Generalitat.
(Alberto Estevez / EFE)




Saturday, August 17

(Quantity or quality)

Academic excellence in the world places nine North American and one British universities in the top 10 ranking positions.


Should more resources be allocated to public universities?



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In 1980, Servan-Schreiber warned that Japan would dominate the world economy. Today, China boasts its potential, its discipline and the absence of obstacles. Without the R&D domain, it will hardly exceed the quantitative stage.


Will the trade war between China and the US end badly?



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Relatives of victims of the attacks of the Rambla, in the tribute of this August 2019.

Relatives of victims of the attacks of the Rambla, in the tribute of this August 2019.
(Pau Barrena / AFP)




On the other hand, today, the newspaper tells us about the commemoration of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 17-A.

- "The police were not prepared for what they fell on 17-A" (M. Molina).


Is it possible to end terrorism?



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- "For 2 years, in the shadow of unknowns, secrets and incompetence, conspiracy theories have been exacerbated" (Sergi Pàmies) Is the summary of the National Court (exTOP) sufficient?


Have the 17-A attacks been politicized excessively?



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Finally, we look at a reflection on Catalan independence:

- “The independentism, divided, should assume that it represents a part of the population” (F. Granell)

Do we check it? Pragmatic unionists already accept that you cannot say “No” to more than 2 million.


Has Catalan independence movement lost strength and support?



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Jordi Pujol Ferrussola, in the Ciutat de la Justícia, in a file photo.

Jordi Pujol Ferrussola, in the Ciutat de la Justícia, in a file photo.
(Marc Arias)









Sunday, August 18

(The future will not be what it was)

- “What power do sovereigns (States) exercise over us! Our vanity is subjected to its least efforts ”(J. Amat).

Without this weakness, how easy evolution would be without falling into confrontations and revolutions.

On the other hand, we see that, despite the passing of the years, the case of the Pujol family still has a tail:

- “The‘ Pujol ’would be a dramatically extraordinary series. And it may be morally necessary ”(Jorge Carrión). Should it serve to denounce the vices and corruptions of the so-called llamado regime of 78 ’or only as a throwing weapon against independence?


Should we tighten penalties for corruption offenses?



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We are also struck by a reflection on business schools:

- “Esade is the future” (Juan M. Nin).

Many new companies are created outside the big business schools. The so-called "governments of the best" have given way to populisms.


Is another economic crisis approaching?



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And finally, we look again at the turbulence in Asia:

- "The outcome of the Hong Kong crisis will determine the relations between the great powers of the future" (R. Aymerich).

Protest through the streets of Hong Kong.

Protest through the streets of Hong Kong.
(JEROME FAVRE / EFE)




Monday, August 19

(The square of the circle)

Day full of deep reflections on the future that can wait for us:

- "Globalization is not that wonderful pill" (E. Rasekoala).

- "According to experts, 11 years is the time left to prevent climate change from being irreversible" (E. Millet)

Will technological progress not be able to question the deadline? Neither China nor the low cost will be the model.


Is fighting enough against climate change?



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Today, the hot spots continue. One of them, in Asia:

- “Beijing no longer tolerates Hong Kong. Neither their separation of powers, nor their access to information, nor their cosmopolitanism ”(R. Aymerich).

And the other, in the Mediterranean. De Quinto (Cs) has labeled “well fed” the refugees who have rescued ‘Open arms’.


Does the EU manage the refugee crisis and kickboats well?



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Finally, an economic reflection on Catalonia:

- “Catalunya remains in a secondary position at European level, and outside the Spanish podium” (J. Miró i Ardèvol).

Without the fiscal fiscal oasis ’of Madrid, without the bulky fiscal deficit, without the test of resistance (overcome) of 155, another rooster would not sing to us?


Should we reform and improve regional financing?



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The popular Isabel Díaz Ayuso takes office Monday as president of the Community of Madrid.

The popular Isabel Díaz Ayuso takes office Monday as president of the Community of Madrid.
(Juan Carlos Hidalgo / EFE)




Tuesday, August 20

(Disturbing schematisms)

We start with a new reflection on infrastructure, in this case, Barcelona airport:

- “El Prat still has room to improve” (Miquel Molina)

If it were autonomous it would be the pear!

We enter the field of Catalan politics again:


Are strikes abused at Barcelona airport?



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- "Catalonia needs a strong political Catalan in Spain to deal with secessionist drift" (J. A. Ávila López)

Who has led it: Aena, the unbearable fiscal deficit, the Madrid fiscal oasis, the lack of Mediterranean Corridor?


Is there room for a new Catalan party?



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- “This legislature could constitute a historic opportunity to develop State policies from Barcelona” (Miquel Molina)

Will they stop Barcelona from being the “City of thieves” (Frankfurter Allgemeine)?


Do robberies in Barcelona make you feel more insecure?



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On the other hand, we look at this event:

- “The inducer of the Hipercor attack leaves the jail”.

Will it be clarified why ETA acted after a few days of a great election result of HB in Catalonia?


Should tributes to ETAs be prohibited?



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And we finished the review of Tuesday with this other reflection:

- “The alteration of borders has been the main cause of the conflicts experienced” (Lluís Foix)

That of the Baltic countries? Does China not want to alter the ‘border’ with Hong Kong?

The rally of old cars 'Baltic Way 30' as it passes through Vilnius, in Lithuania.

The rally of old cars 'Baltic Way 30' as it passes through Vilnius, in Lithuania.
(Petras Malukas / AFP)




Wednesday, August 21st

(Lighthouses and deteriorations)

We start, again, looking at one more day in Asia, with a stick and a carrot from China:

- “Beijing wants to turn Shenzen into the showcase of‘ Chinese socialism ’”. Stick.

- "The Hong Kong Government announces a platform for dialogue in the face of protests." Carrot.

For its part, the new president of the Community of Madrid states:

- “In the face of‘ injustices ’(identities), Madrid will be the lighthouse of Spain” (I. Díaz Ayuso). I mean, from Madrid to heaven ...


Does Madrid take advantage of its capital to have an unfair taxation with other autonomous communities?



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As for the Catalan government, we see that “Torra, tired of waiting for gestures from the Government, sees dialogue impossible. (...) And Vice President Aragonès announces that he will take the Government to court for non-payment ”(À. Tort).

Pere Aragonès and Quim Torra, at the Government meeting.

Pere Aragonès and Quim Torra, at the Government meeting.
(Àlex Garcia)




There are also echoes of the anniversary of the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils:

- “Guindal, Pérez and Navarro have dismantled the theory of suspicion of 17-A” (A. Puigvert)

Could it have been signed before from a serious judicial instance? The magnet was not rejected in Belgium?


Have the 17-A attacks been politicized excessively?



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And we end with a reflection on the Catalan economy:

- “In Catalonia, the perception of economic deterioration may have fueled the cultural division” (A. Costas)

With record figures for industry, tourism and exports?

Place where the van was the attack on the Rambla.

Place where the van was the attack on the Rambla.
(César Rangel)




Thursday, August 22nd

(Prudence and priorities)

- “The accusation against the State in the attack of 17-A has been formulated in an equivocal manner, losing the courage that was once boasted” (A. Puigvert)

Isn't it better to be cautious than frivolous? Wasn't the treatment given to the most effective institution frivolous?

Today, there are also reflections on the need or not to advance the Catalan elections:

- “Torra believes that it is better not to be fooled by appeals to dialogue” (L. García).

Whose?

- “We must prioritize the resolution of the‘ Catalan problem ’before addressing the rest of the pending challenges of the State (J.J. López Burniol).


Do you find it necessary to advance the Catalan elections?



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Although the hottest debate is that of insecurity in Barcelona, ​​the same one with which we began this review of the week:

- “The BBC joins Die Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine and the American consulate in echoing insecurity in Barcelona”

What the separatists did not achieve, is the “flower power” of Colau achieving?


Is there more insecurity in Barcelona?



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Finally, we say goodbye with this news:

- "The decisive section of the Mediterranean corridor begins".

Laus Deo.

Works of the Mediterranean corridor.

Works of the Mediterranean corridor.
(César Rangel)






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