Suso de Toro: Spain is Madrid, and Madrid is Spain

Suso de Toro: Spain is Madrid, and Madrid is Spain

Interview with the Galician novelist and columnist who is to receive the Sant Jordi Cross for his outspoken defense of Catalonia

Suso de Toro (1956, Santiago de Compostela) is a Galician novelist who has been an outspoken defender of Catalonia's right to decide. Because of his writing on Catalonia, he has been chosen to receive the Catalan Government's highest honor, the Cross of Sant Jordi. We spoke with him by phone last week from the school where he teaches in Santiago de Compostela.

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Mas in Le Figaro: "If necessary, we'll transform the elections into a referendum"

Mas in Le Figaro: "If necessary, we'll transform the elections into a referendum"

The President said that a plebiscite "is, unfortunately, the most probable scenario"

"We have arrived at the conclusion that we have to hold a referendum to decide on our political future," says Catalan President Artur Mas in an interview published today in the Parisian daily Le Figaro. 

Continental Drift: Europe's Breakaways

Continental Drift: Europe's Breakaways

Border in Europe may appear immutable, but of course they are not

Conn Hallinan analyzes the situations in Catalonia and Belgium for Foreign Policy in Focus.

Spanish Congress debate on Catalan referendum widely covered in international press

Spanish Congress debate on Catalan referendum widely covered in international press

Principle media dedicate extensive articles to Catalan Referendum debate

Money

Israeli airline Arkia to link Tel Aviv with Lleida-Alguaire, near the Catalan Pyrenees

Israeli airline Arkia to link Tel Aviv with Lleida-Alguaire, near the Catalan Pyrenees

Arkia will offer a total of 40 flights between Tel Aviv and Lleida-Alguaire

Israeli tourists will be better connected to Western Catalonia and the Pyrenees, which host a large offer of ski resorts, adventure sports opportunities, impressing mountain landscapes or unique Romanesque art. Lleida's Pyrenean landscape consists of high peaks, lakes and mountain forests, including the breath-taking National Park of Aigüestortes. 

Microsoft co-founder invests in Catalan electronic voting multinational

Microsoft co-founder invests in Catalan electronic voting multinational

Paul Allen has invested 30 million euros (41 million dollars) in Scytl

Scytl is a Catalan multinational specializing in electronic voting and the electoral market in the digital era. It is a world leader in the sector and has offices in thirty-five countries and its headquarters in Barcelona.

Grífols goes on record for independence: "President, do not falter"

The multinational company Grífols is one of the principal strategic elements in the world, according to the United States

Culture

Sagrada Familia's main sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs has died at 87

Josep Maria Subirachs died in Barcelona after a neurodegenerative illness aged 87.

Sagrada Familia's main sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs has died at 87

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, highlighted that Subirachs was "a key figure" in the history of Catalan sculpture, making "an authentic revolution" in the second half of the 20th century.

Subirachs had a long career in several artistic disciplines but he will be mostly remembered at international level for the sculpture he created in the Sagrada Familia basilica designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. In 1986, Subirachs was commissioned to create the sculpture groups for the church's Passion Façade, depicting Jesus Christ's Via Crucis and death.

Catalan Museums: An #Open Mix of Global Audience and Local Flavor

Catalan Museums: An #Open Mix of Global Audience and Local Flavor

Sveglio Museu (Wake up Museums!) is a project that looks to learn from non-Italian museums who are actively using social media.

#CatalanTalk

Josep Ma Reniu "We do NEED to get our own electoral law passed"

Josep Ma Reniu "We do NEED to get our own electoral law passed"

Professor of Political Science and Sociology, and member of the National Transition Advisory Council

Today on #CatalanTalk we spoke with Josep Maria Reniu, professor of Political Science and Sociology and member of the National Transition Advisory Council. The council is comprised of professionals who are volunteering their time to advise the Catalan Government on how best to hold a referendum, create state structures, and internationalize the sovereignty process, among other things.

#CatalanTalk is translated (mostly simulataneously) into the following languages:

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Calendar of upcoming interviews

Earlier interviews on #CatalanTalk:

Roger Buch, University Professor

Clàudia Pujol: Magazine editor

Albert Villaró: Novelist, archivist, archaeologist

Albert Pont: Economist, Business Leader

Jaume Cabré: Novelist

Blanca Rosa Roca: Publisher

Franc Aleu: Visual Artist

Jordi Calvís: Graphic Designer

Carme Fenoll: Catalonia's Head of Library Services

Elisenda Paluzie: Spanish debt neutralizes Spanish threats

Quim Torra, director El Born Centre Cultural

Eduardo Reyes, founder of Sumate

Oriol Junqueras, president of ERC and Opposition Leader in Spanish Congress

Gemma Lienas, bestselling novelist, feminist, and chocolatier

Ferran Civit, ANC, and organizer of #CatalanWay

Sports

Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Barça bid farewell to Champions League (1-0)

Photo: Miguel Ruiz, FCB

Atlético Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Barça bid farewell to Champions League (1-0)

Barça's dream of a Lisbon final came to an end at the Vicente Calderon this Wednesday evening, when a combative Atletico Madrid beat them 1-0. The hosts' early goal and their whirlwind start really set Barça back, but Martino's side fought their way back into the game and had their chances to draw level. However, Simeone's side stood firm and FC Barcelona bowed out of the Champions League.

Xavi Torres: "The Barça board has acted only out of vengeance"

Xavi Torres: "The Barça board has acted only out of vengeance"

Interview with the sports journalist about referendum, scandals, and board

Life

Òmnium announces "Catalans want to vote" campaign featuring human towers

Catalan human tower building involves every part of society, from huge burly weight lifters in the base to small children at the top, and has come to symbolize the enormously significant social cohesion that characterizes Catalan society.

Òmnium announces "Catalans want to vote" campaign featuring human towers

The plan is to build Catalan human towers in seven European capitals: Paris, Brussels, London, Lisbon, Geneva, Berlin, and Barcelona

Human towers are one of Catalonia's most striking and unusual cultural activities. Teams with hundreds of participants?sometimes as many as a thousand?construct carefully coordinated layers of people, eight, nine, even ten stories high, called "castells" or castles.

Wall Street Journal, BBC report on insults to Shakira for singing in Catalan

Wall Street Journal, BBC report on insults to Shakira for singing in Catalan

The New York Daily News was one of the first newspapers in the US to report on the reaction to the recording in Catalan

Archive: Culture/Life

Objective: Catalan culture in all editions of Wikipedia

Objective: Catalan culture in all editions of Wikipedia

New contest hopes to encourage new editors to participate from all over the world

Joining hands to name Lleida's 13th century cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage site

Joining hands to name Lleida's 13th century cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage site

An official nomination bid was finally presented this January

'The songs were still there even though the day to day culture had died'

'The songs were still there even though the day to day culture had died'

Capercaillie, one of Scotland's most important Gaelic electric folk bands, celebrates its 30th anniversary

Bestselling author Jaume Cabré offers short story in English

Bestselling author Jaume Cabré offers short story in English

The author's 'Jo confesso' is being translated into 20 languages, including English in the fall

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