News from El Punt Avui


Humans are in a hurry to leave the solar system and colonise new habitable planets through the interstellar ring that has brought them in contact with an alien intelligence thought to have disappeared....

Rediscovering that cinema feeling

Steven Spielberg, Daniel Craig, Frances McDormand and Tom Cruise are some of the attractions to bring the public back to cinemas severely affected by Covid-19

Machiavellian lessons

The Prince, Machiavelli’s most famous book, is still today an endless source of political insights. Chapter VI, for instance, provides a succinct outline of one of Catalan independence’s main obstacles:...


The long view

Apart from baldness and a bad back, one thing that comes with age is a sense of perspective. Looking back shows us that the life-changing decision that kept us from sleeping wasn’t such a big deal after...

Long-term resident

Went to see the Gipsy

I’m as useless at predicting election results as I am at riding a bicycle, so this article, with its mid-January deadline, will avoid speculation about the Catalan elections to be held on February 14th,...

David Cassà

“Every month we bill a little less”

NO WORK FOR EVERYONE “I’ve driven around Barcelona for over four hours without anyone stopping me”

Elisabeth Reixach

“I believe that online education will be greatly strengthened from now on”

ONLINE EDUCATION “Students are very accustomed to using social media and searching online, and are very comfortable in front of a screen”

Sílvia Esteve

“We know this is not a normal school year”

ATTENDANCE IN PERSON “Pupils don’t want to stay at home, they need to come to school”

Ramon Valls

“There are reinfected, and I’m a case in point”

STARTING OVER “I sent Whatsapp messages home telling them, as if it were some feat, that I’d been able to walk for a minute”


I’m the only foreigner in the Catalan government,” Italian, Francesca Bria used to sometimes say when introducing herself to a public audience. In the two years leading up to the pandemic, her team’s...