Opinion

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Naivety

b So many questions have been raised about the Catalan independence process since the first week of October, especially in reference to whether the Catalan government was truly prepared for the next step...

Long-term resident

PATRÍCIA

It was no coincidence that Patrícia Gabancho and I met at a meeting of an organisation called Veu Pròpia (’Our Own Voice’) founded by a group of people who were non-native Catalan speakers who believed...

tribune

THE STAND-OFF IN CATALONIA

To date, a number of people have shown their scepticism about the seven-year long struggle towards Catalan independence - which took off with the infamous Spanish Constitutional Court pruning of the Catalan...

random thoughts

Seeing life from a distance

The other day I went with the family to Santa Pau, in the ’comarca’ of La Garrotxa. We were to wait for the mother, father, and two children to arrive from a hot-air balloon trip. The mother, my grand-daughter,...

HISTORY THE LAST WORD

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Journalists love a good anniversary. Need a subject for a column? It’s the 50th anniversary of that painter’s death. Need a companion piece for an interview? It’s the 150th commemoration of that...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

WHAT I WISH FOR

I stand in my usual spot, beneath where the blue tit sings. The almost white branches of the walnut tree are leafless and I can see the little bird. It is my upbeat dawn rhythm. I am on my way to our old...

Editorial

Problems the Spanish state has yet to solve

The slight slowing down in the Catalan economy predicted for 2018 will not have anything to do with either the sovereignty process nor political instability, as some voices have been very quick to indicate,...

from the editor
marcela topor. mtopor@cataloniatoday.cat

Out with the old, in with the new

In this issue we look back at the year that is about to end. Without doubt, 2017 has been an intense, unpredictable and turbulent year, and a crucial one in the country’s history. Our main feature offers...

Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Dragon’s den

Most of us here in Catalonia, our pro-independence politicians included, never expected a semi-legal referendum (it was legal in Catalonia, but ’suspended’, not illegalised, by Spain’s constitutional...

random thoughts. terry parris
Writer

To the lighthouse

My first random thought is to wish for a fair election on the 21st of December , for a Happy Christmas for Carles Puigdemont, Oriol Junqueres, their Government, and the two Jordis, hopefully all back with...