Opinion

from the editor

The most significant trial in Catalonia’s history

This month sees the beginning of the most significant criminal trial in Catalonia’s history, which takes Catalan, Spanish and European politics into a new stage. Our main feature, A country on trial,...

THE LAST WORD

COURTROOM CARNIVAL

February is carnival month, the time of year that is all about spectacle and people on the streets, a time when it is okay to make a noise and draw attention to yourself. So, the ideal month for the trial...

random thoughts

Postcard moments

February brings the snow,Makes our feet and fingers glow.’Well, I’ve just been out but there was no snow, although threatened, and since I forgot my gloves, my fingers are certainly not glowing, they’re...

Long-term resident

YEAR OF THE KANGAROO

This month will see the start of what must be some of the oddest judicial proceedings in what used to be called the free world. Nine political prisoners will be put on trial together, some of them for...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

SUSTENANCE

The moon is a balloon, porc senglar may fly, the Earth is flat (there are some who genuinely believe that to be true), and 2019 will see humanity pull out of its tailspin.Ecology, democracy, tolerance...

THE REAL NATIONALISM

It is not uncommon to blame the Catalan independence process on supposed nationalism, a backward step in a world of open borders, regional integration, and so on. Given that standard nationalist and/or...

random thoughts

learning from our mistakes

Are wars inevitable? Dear reader, I’m afraid that this month’s article is a bit depressing when we usually look ahead to the new year with optimism. But if it helps us to remember, surely some good...

THE LAST WORD

POWER TO THE PEOPLE?

The sort of society we live in means that concepts like ’democracy’ and ’people power’ are almost untouchable principles. If a majority of the people want something, it seems as if it doesn’t...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

SING FOR YOUR CULTURE

My column this month - Happy New Year by the way - has its origins in a reader’s letter to be found on page 8 of this magazine, written by one Xavier Espinosa Llandrich. Xavier laments the fact that...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

RESOLUTION

Time will tell if I can keep on keeping on, but my weekly 2019 podcasts have begun. Whether it is just me or you share my sense that this year will be defining in a fistful of ways, I have resolved to...