CATALAN NATIONALISM STILL STRONG

The radical Catalan Republican Left (ERC) may have sustained a crushing defeat in the March 9th general election but two episodes last week showed that nationalist sentiment in the region is still alive and kicking. Marta Ferrusola, the wife of the former regional president Jordi Pujol, said during an interview that it “bothered her a lot” that the current Catalan president, José Montilla, is “an Andalucian with a Spanish name” who doesn’t speak Catalan fluently. A source inside Sr Pujol’s moderately nationalist Convergencia y Union (CiU) said it was Sra Ferrusola’s personal opinion and not the party’s, while the lady’s husband leapt to Sr Montilla’s defence, saying that despite having been born in Iznajar, Cordoba province, he had always “done his best for Catalonia”. Sr Montilla’s family moved to Barcelona when he was 15. Meanwhile, some nationalists object to the nomination of Espanyol footballer Raul Tamudo for the title of Catalan of the Year. Tamudo’s parents left Extremadura for Barcelona before he was born and he speaks Catalan fluently. However, he usually speaks Spanish to the media, which upsets the more hard-line nationalists.

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One Response to CATALAN NATIONALISM STILL STRONG

  1. Jim Cortada says:

    The whole issue has been around for over a thousand years and so it is serious and not to be blown off. I have been looking at this topic for some time, in fact, just published a book on about it, Origins of Nation Building in the Iberian Peninsula: The Case of Early Catalonia (get off Amazon.com or B&N.com). My point is, this issue is viseral, relevant locally, and maybe points to the future of Europe–a collection of regional federated states within the European Union. Cool, or what??!

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