Category Archives: Catalonia

Rajoy visits Catalonia to meet business leaders

Mariano Rajoy, leader of the main opposition party Partido Popular is visiting Catalonia today to meet with business leaders. As favourite to win the forthcoming general election, Rajoy will be fully conscious of the need to instil confidence in a region with which his party has had a sometimes difficult relationship.

The nationalist leanings of many Catalans have clashed with the solidly pro-united Spain conservative party, and Rajoy’s visit comes at a time when feelings are running high over a Supreme Court ruling which has ordered the Catalonian regional government to favour Castilian Spanish over Catalan in the education system.

Among the business leaders with whom Rajoy will hold a private dinner are the Chief Executives of banks such as La Caixa, Bankia and Banco Sabadell, and leading companies such as Repsol,Iberia and Pronovias.

The PP will be looking for a better showing in Catalonia at the general election than they achieved in 2008 – and this will be the first of several visits by Rajoy to the region during the campaign.

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Carme Chacón officially heads PSC lists

Ministra de Defensa, Dña. Carme Chacón PiquerasAlthough his ministrial colleagues might be jumping the proverbial ship in their droves, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba can at least take some comfort in seeing his colleague and Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, officially chosen to head the list of Socialist candidates in Catalunya today.

However, considering some months ago Chacón was positioning herself for the PSOE’s leadership – which she eventually conceded to Rubalcaba – he will no doubt be reassured that she is coming into battle alongside him, and not at all worried that she has her eye on his job should the Socialists suffer a heavy defeat in November…