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Indexes of democracy

The natural way to rule is almost taken for granted, at least in the so-called Western world. Yet a glimpse at the 193 UN members shows a thornier picture, with different forms of dictatorships and autocracies,...

Essential reading

After a second Sant Jordi’s Day under the pandemic, bookshops are now officially recognised as essential businesses. The Association of Catalan Booksellers has 234 bookshops, with at least one in each county

THE LAST WORD

“Preposterous arrogance”

It’s good to talk, they say, but there’s no arguing with some people. Talking is generally seen as the best solution to conflict, whether between individuals, organisations or even countries. We only...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Moving forward

Before I launch into this month’s column, perhaps it’s worth reiterating why I decided to call it The cultural tightrope when I first started writing it many years ago. Knowing that I was going to...

THE LAST WORD

Who are you looking at?

I’ve never been much of a fighter, and I’m certainly less so now at my age, but I reckon I could have taken Franco. Mano a mano, I don’t think he would have stood a chance against me. Pau Gasol is...