The triumph of the Spanish team winning the World Cup has been associated with a possible growth in the economy (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Although the Ibex fell 0.68 percent the day after, economists and commentators predict a positive impact on the ailing Spanish economy. Watched by more than 700 million people worldwide, president Bassat Ogilvy, Lluís Bassat, a marketing and PR company said "Spain has been on the lips of everyone and this benefits us by generating enthusiasm, raising morale and even have political implications." Marketing professor Carles Torrecilla who teaches at ESADE said "Intuition tells us to think that a victory in the World Cup will impact on GDP as a result of the euphoria." The victory is thought to strengthen the image of Spain and has come at just the right time when people are deciding where to go on holiday. Torrecilla says, "If for every forty tourists coming to Spain there is one more as a result of the success, it will represent an increase of 0.25 percent in GDP." Other, more long term benefits include increasing the visibility of Spain's image. Miguel Otero, general manager of Foro de Marcas Renombradas Españolas, said "The image of Spain is driven not only by the global media impact, but also by the values of humbleness, teamwork and spirit of excellence that was evident during the competition." He goes on to argue that for exporters, selling products made in Spain, the feeling is that now it will be easier. Data supports these predictions; the triumphs of Italy and Brazil and the following euphoria spread to the economy. ABN Ambro bank, in a survey conducted when Germany held the World Cup revealed that the winning countries saw a rise of around 0.7 percent in GDP the following year. Another study by Mastercard estimated that lifting the World Cup could bring benefits of close to €50,000 million for the winning country.
A defiant sounding José Montilla expressed his anger over what he calls offensive phrases in the newly revised Constitution (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Speaking on RAC1 he questioned whether the use of the phrase "indisoluble unity of Spain" 12 times in the document was necessary and wondered "Does it make sense in a state with 'nationalities' and 'regions' to conclude that the Constitution, does not know any other nation than the Spanish model." According to the president of the Generalitat the use of phrases of these kind spreads a feeling of indignation and feelings of abuse over many Catalans. José Montilla, the high court judges wrote the ruling, not only with the intention of cutting pieces of text they deemed of constitutionally dubious, but of provoking the mood in Catalunya. Sources from the high court explain that the use of the phrase is mentioned only three times. Further phrases that have offended Montilla include, "Derechos históricos con "un limitado alcance" - Historical rights have a "limited reach." "La ciudadanía catalana es una especie de subgénero" - Catalan citizenship is a kind of subgenre and "El 'evidente exceso' of the Consejo de Justicia Catalán - The 'apparent excess' of the Council of Justice of Catalunya.
The political pressure to increase police presence in the Ciutat Vella has resulted in a decline in crime (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The new policy to heavily police the districts of Ciutat Vella and the Eixample is being seen as one of the major reasons behind the decrease in crime in the areas. The decrease is not huge, at only 1.5 percent but it is significant enough and the leadership of the Mossos d'Esquadra are confident that this trend can be consolidated. When you compare the results obtained in the last six months the success is more significant. Figures show that from June 2009 to June 2010, the number of crimes and misdemeanors fell by about 5.5 percent. These results will be subject to further analysis as there is suspicion that other socio-economic factors are at play that go beyond the political pressure. The concentrated effort in this area has been overseen by the new head of the of the Mossos de Barcelona, commissioner Joan Carles Molinero who started less than a year ago. The political pressure came around due to the fact that the high levels of theft were starting to affect the tourist industry and had become a headache for visitors and the city governing bodies. Police are making a concerted effort to deal with repeat offenders, those with a large number of arrests for crimes such as petty theft.