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Cities with life

3 July 2018 - Europe, Housing, Municipalism, Right to the City

As the mayors of London and Barcelona, we see an emergency coming. The way housing works must be changed.

For a number of years, cities around the world have been facing increasingly global and aggressive speculation in their property markets – from speculators who see housing in our cities as an asset from which to profit, rather than homes for the people we represent.

In many cases, speculators take decisions from...

Saving lives is not a crime

19 March 2018 - Human Rights, Refuge City

Today I’ve been at the Port of Barcelona with Oscar Camps from Proactiva Open Arms to speak out about the situation of a vessel that has been detained in the Italian port of Pozzallo in Sicily. This group does essential humanitarian work, saving the lives of women, men, babies, the sick and those fleeing torture, rape, starvation and death. Incredibly, whilst carrying out such important work, the Italian prosecutor has today impounded their...

Not in my name

27 October 2017 - Democracy

After talking about a train crash in the conditional or future tense for so long, it's difficult to take on the fact that today it has happened.

A decade of PP carelessness with Catalonia has culminated with the adoption of article 155 by the Senate today.
Rajoy presented the motion to the applause of his party and to the shame of all of us who respect dignity and democracy.
Were they applauding his failure?

Those...

Europe must act to protect the rights and freedoms of Catalans

27 September 2017 - Democracy

In this article I am asking the EU mediation in the crisis Catalonia / Spain. It is a democratic crisis that also affects Europe:

The Catalan question has become Europe’s most serious territorial crisis in recent years. While the aim of exercising self-government has a long history, the origins of the current crisis can be found in the repeated refusals on the part of the government in Madrid to enter a dialogue on Spanish territorial...

I’m Not Afraid

20 August 2017 - Democracy

A few hours after the horrible attack perpetrated in Barcelona on Thursday, the Rambla was alive and full of people again, the best way of standing up to the barbarism, to those miserable wretches who had spread terror and sown death on one of most emblematic and most loved streets in this city.

A few metres away, in a packed Plaça de Catalunya, the cry "I’m Not Afraid" rang out, an antidote to the anger and impotence we were all...

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