Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

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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...

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IN THE PEN

The Catalan writer and broadcaster Àngel Casas has just brought out a collection of anti-Christmas poems, which I haven’t yet read but which I imagine echo the complaints about this annual festival...

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PRICK UP HIS EARS

Foreigners giving even just a cursory glance at Spanish politics will know that in June of this year, the right-wing Popular Party (PP) was ousted from power thanks to a vote of no confidence tabled by...

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ALIVE

On September 20th, 2017, Spanish Civil Guards raided the Catalan Ministry of the Economy, searching for material related to the independence referendum scheduled for October 1st. A spontaneous demonstration...

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CYCLES

It’s becoming increasingly hard to second-guess the near future of Catalonia (this autumn promises to be especially turbulent, what with a massive demonstration on September 11th to call for the establishment...