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When speaking of Europe's migrant crisis, images of refugees clinging to tiny, overcrowded boats or attempting to scale the fences topped with razor wire in Ceuta and Melilla come immediately to mind. But migrants from the southern border only make a small number of the total number of refugees arriving in Barcelona.

In the final piece of this trilogy on how Barcelona takes in and integrates refugees, we hear the inspiring story of a Venezuelan asylum seeker who made a new life in the city, alongside the Barcelona based therapeutic center that helped him. Read more

City Matters

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Photo by Garry Kinght (PD).

“Praise be to Nero's Neptune, the Titanic sails at dawn / Everybody's shouting, "Which side are you on?!” Read more

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Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, participated in "Volem acolllir," a demonstration in support of Barcelona's efforts to welcome refugees (Feb 2017). Photo courtesy of the Ajuntament de Barcelona (CC BY-ND 2.0).

In the second piece in this series on Spain’s experience of Europe’s migrant crisis, we assess how Barcelona specifically has been affected by it. Read more

City Matters

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People's Vote March 2018, British in Europe. Photo © UserColin, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).

In this week’s En Profunditat we speak to three expat groups formed to protect the rights and futures of British citizens living in Europe, as well as look ahead to next week’s election in the UK, a pivotal moment in Britain’s post-Brexit history. Read more

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Syrians and Iraqi refugees arrive at Skala Sykamias, Lesvos, Greece, October 2015. Photo by Ggia (CC BY SA 4.0).

Ahead of a new series on issues related to migration in Barcelona, we contextualize the refugee crisis which has gripped Europe since 2015, looking at how Spain became one of the continent’s new frontiers for migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Read more

City Matters

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Protestors filled the streets of Barcelona on October 13, 2019. Photo by Isha Mahajan.

Protests have engulfed Barcelona in recent weeks, but what was the root cause, and what was the spark? This week’s "En Profunditat" clears all that up, with recordings from the protests and interviews with experts to gain real insight into the debate Read more

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Banksy on Brexit, mural detail.

Parliament suspended, another election round the corner… It’s been another chaotic summer in the UK. Here’s a breakdown on what on earth has been going on. Read more

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Crowd in in front of the Supreme Court at the Gerrymandering Rally on October 3, 2017. Photo by Slowking (GFDL v1.2).

Gerrymandering is a scourge on US politics that sees both Republicans and Democrats redraw legislative districts to tip the scales in their favor. Here’s how and why the people at the top do it, and what you can do to lobby against it. Read more

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European Parliament. Photo by Guilhem Vellut (Flickr).

The results from the recent elections to the European Parliament saw populists rise and the center just about hold: here’s what happened in Spain and the rest of the EU. Read more

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"Jo ja he votat" button, 2011. Photo by Sebastià Beinn (Wikimedia).

A look at the results of the May 26th local elections in Barcelona. Read more

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Photo by Man Vyi (wikimedia)

Victor Horcasitas and Héctor Cols talk about the participation of expats in upcoming local and European elections Read more

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European Parliament. Photo by Tristan Mimet (Pixabay).

Elections to the European Parliament take place in Spain on Sunday, May 26. Here’s a summary of what you need to know about what is set to be the most important EU vote in decades. Read more

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Photo by Jordi Play, courtesy of Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya, 2012. (Wikimedia).

Get to know the people opting in to govern the city for the next four years. Read more

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Congreso de los Diputados (Pixabay).

Following some part-predictable, part-surprising results in Spain’s 2019 general elections, we take a look at the winners, the losers and what it all means for the future of governance in Spain. Read more

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Congreso de los Diputados, Madrid, Spain. Photo by Luis Javier Modino Martínez (Wikimedia).

As Spain prepares to go to the polls on April 28, we take a look at who’s in the running and tell you a bit about all the major contenders for Spain’s top job. Read more

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V-Day Barcelona 2019. Photo by Carolina Duran.

Highlighting issues of gender violence through theater Read more

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Women's March. Photo by Leane Ransom.

Barcelona to answer a global call to action this March 8 Read more

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Barcelona's long-established Roma community speak to Metropolitan about identity, activism and culture. Read more

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The city will see several streets prohibiting cars next week in order to promote more sustainable travel. Read more

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