The flag of heated debate
The whole idea of Catalunya as a separate nation can be hard for foreign residents to understand. Many people sense how important it is locally, but don't understand much about it. Metropolitan hopes to lend a hand by offering a free educational forum on April 8th at the Ateneu Barcelonés (C/ Canuda 6), at 7pm, in which both sides of the issue will be presented, in English.
Two representatives of Catalan political parties will explain their parties' positions on the proposed new version of the estatut and Catalan nationalism. Nito Foncuberta of Ciutadans (C's), which is opposed to Catalan nationalism, and Marta Rovira from Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, which supports it, will be joined by native English speakers and long-time Barcelona residents, Charles Ablett, a scholar of Catalan history who isn't in favour of local nationalism, and Erik Jeffery, who owns a business here and supports Catalan nationalism.
Each speaker will have 10 minutes, then the floor will be opened to questions from the audience. The forum will be moderated by Richard Schweid, a founding editor of Barcelona Metropolitan.
Please note the starting time is slightly later than that advertised in the March edition of Metropolitan.