News from El Punt Avui

A deep Picasso

The artist’s museum in Barcelona shows off the results of a scientific investigation in collaboration with other institutions that has uncovered ‘picassos’ hidden in four recycled canvases from his blue period

CATALAN CONTRIBUTIONS

Catalonia has a thousand-year history as a European nation. Despite being a relatively small country throughout its long history it has made remarkable breakthroughs beyond having had the first parliament,...

DEMOCRACIES DO NOT SPY

Dehumanising opponents to the point of turning them into enemies is the best way to end up depriving them of their most basic rights. It starts by singling them out, then attacking and demonising them,...

On the up

The presenter of El Punt Avui TV’s The Week in Football, Barney Griffiths, analyses the situation at Catalonia’s leading clubs as they enter the final stage of the season

Golden apple

TV Series The creator of the famous Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, returns to television with another period drama. In this case it is set in New York in the time period called the Gilded Age, a golden...

OVERHEARD

Barcelona is a city where plenty takes place outside the home or workplace in full view of the public. The other day, on the edge of a hospital car park, I witnessed the awful sight of a naked young man,...

SPAIN’S PARADOX OF PLENTY

In 1934, early in his famous Study of History, Arnold Toynbee hypothesised that it is not abundance but the challenge of scarcity that, by eliciting an appropriate response, leads human societies to progress....

Morale is high

Two young Ukrainians reflect on the difficult times their country is enduring. One is in Kyiv and the other in Barcelona, but both are convinced that Ukraine can emerge victorious from this conflict

4,000 kilometres of solidarity

A humanitarian convoy of 16 vans returned to Catalonia from Romania with some 70 Ukrainian refugees

THE LAST WORD

Fighting the good fight

US World War II veteran Major Dick Winters is widely attributed with the quote: “Wars do not make men great, but they do bring out the greatness in good men.” Even if you’re lucky enough not to have...