viewpoint. brett hetherington
Journalist and writer/ www.bretthetherington.net

Tragedy in Turkey

Where to begin when we look at Turkey? Here is a part of the world with so much culture and history in its favour but in the last couple of years it has become somewhere you would not choose to live and...


The sovereignty issue

This month’s column was brought on by an encounter with some old schoolmates, meaning people I went to school with 35 years ago. One of them was getting remarried this summer and arranged to have his...


Barefoot truth

Taking off my shoes really helps. I slow down. The dawn path to the pony corral to feed La Petita becomes an exercise in grounding. It is never pain-free, but that is fleeting. I feel, see, appreciate...

els bastards

The true story of Little Boy Blue

The real-life murder of an 11-year-old Everton fan in a working class area of Liverpool provides the plot for a new British mini-series about the investigation into the shooting

Europe’s relief at the fall of populism

The populist wave that at the start of the year threatened to sweep away the EU has been welcomed by bureaucrats but huge challenges remain as well as a need for deep reform


Last June, Barcelona commemorated the 30th anniversary of the last major terrorist attack the city had suffered. A bomb placed in the basement of a popular superstore, Hipercor, by ETA, the Basque terrorist...

tribune. pere miret

Progress or total decline

After many local and national votes, demos by millions of people, a democratically elected parliamentary majority and a pro-government, Catalonia is about to regain the national freedom lost more than...

random thoughts. terry parris

Past and present side-by-side

Has it ever struck you how fortunate we are living in Catalonia? Of course, we love the mountains and forests, the coasts with their sparkling waves, the vibrant cities... Can there be anything else?Yes,...

from the editor
marcela topor. mtopor@cataloniatoday.cat

A summer full of culture in the open air

The fine Mediterranean weather invites us to do activities outside, and what better then a good show in the open air? Every summer we offer a comprehensive guide to the year’s festivals between July...


Support your local festival

Summer is the most important time of year for Catalonia. Last year, more than two million people visited the country in July alone. The weather, the beaches, the food, the landmarks, the landscape, the...