The president of the Generalitat, José Montilla said yesterday that an independent Catalunya would end up like Ireland, in dire economic problems (read article in Castilian here, El País). With just nine days to go before the election, Montilla, a candidate for reelection for the Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya (PSC) speaking in an interview about the similarities between Ireland and an independent Catalunya that: "The economies are interconnected, the romantic view that independence would be the solution does not correspond to the world in which we live." During the interview with TV-3, Montilla declared himself a "socialist, Catalan nationalist and federalist." Montilla's number two, PSC's Montserrat Tura, was more pro-independence during a rally in Vic where he proclaimed that Catalunya "is a nation".
The PP party has proposed that classrooms should have one professor in Catalan and one in Castilian in the same room (read article in Castilian here, El País). The party have finally realised their linguistic model and have ruled out segregation by language after years of indecision and vagueness over whether or not to segregate students by their mother tongue. Alicia Sánchez-Camacho presented yesterday her party's proposals on education marking out greater freedom of choice of schools and language. In the model, parents can choose the language of instruction in which to educate their children up to them turning six. They proposed that in both Catalan and Spanish, students will attend the same classroom but have different teachers, which inevitably leads to an increase of the teaching staff. With regards to options for children over six year old and in secondary education, they suggested that subjects will be taught in Catalan and Spanish with a minimum of 33 percent teaching time for each language. The remaining third of the time will be devoted to English and a smaller part to an additional foreign language.
The Ciutat Vella opens two new hotels of the last 14 that are allowed to open in the area (read article in Castilian here, El Periódico). In the overcrowded Ciutat Vella, two new hotels have recently opened but each new release will mark the countdown to the last hotel granted permission to open in the area. The luxury Baugués hotel and the smaller Petit Palace Boqueria, which opened yesterday, are some of the last two granted permission to open under a new plan that prohibits the number of hotels in the district in a bid to rebalance the divide between tourist and residential accommodation. Now only a dozen more have licenses pending construction or expansion. The plan has denied over 30 hotel projects in the area where there are already over 15,000 beds available to tourists. The Hotel Bagués is by far the most luxurious one and elevates the quality of accommodation currently available on the Ramblas. Jordi Clos, the businessman behind the build said yesterday that it was the most expensive project in terms of money per room which he has developed. It is housed in the building formerly of the Bagués-Masriera jewellery company and rooms will cost just under €300. The smaller of the two recently opened hotels, the Petit Palace de la calle de La Boqueria, is located in a villa next to the Liceu. It has 41 rooms and is placed at four stars.