Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

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Theatre of cruelty

Every Catalan knows we’re in for a rough ride in October. There’ll be the anniversary of the October 1st 2017 referendum, in which large numbers of peaceful voters were punched and battered by Spanish...

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In his 2018 Kessel Diary the Catalan film director Albert Serra describes an argument he had in that Westphalian town with some film students who were helping him on a large scale film project there. They...

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MONEY for old rope

One unusual piece of local news that doesn’t seem to have made it into the foreign media is the gift that the parties which currently hold sway in Andalusia have decided to make to Valencia and Catalonia:...

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Time after time

Last month The Times of London published an editorial about the results of the Spanish general election, in which it described Vox as an ’ultra-nationalist party’ and Ciutadans as a fake centrist party...

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Will

This month I’d thought of writing (again) about the trial of the Catalan political prisoners, but as this has now been reduced to an endless chorus of policemen whose pre-prepared statements about the...

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Silly old coups

Who – if they’re as long in the tooth as myself, or longer – doesn’t remember the 1981 attempted coup d’état that once took place in the Kingdom of Spain? On February 23rd, at 2.30pm, six buses...

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THE DEVIL’S DETAILS

I confess that I found last-month’s world-circulated photograph of half an elected Catalan government, two civic leaders and the Speaker of the Catalan parliament lined up in Spain’s Supreme Court...

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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...

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HO HO HO

Brexit started with a nasty rash of jingoism and xenophobia: Swedes in the street were told to ‘go back where they came from’; Spanish doctors were asked (by their regular patients) when they were...