Euronews, the multilingual and pan-European television news channel, broad-casted last week a nine-minute video on Catalonia. It is always good news that European media care about what’s going on in Catalonia, as one of our major goals must be to attract international attention to the Catalan case. However, the video steps over the same understanding errors that many reporters and media commit when analyzing the situation of Catalonia (see Col·lectiu Emma’s website for a large collection of international press relating to different aspects of the Catalan economy and society).
First, it portraits characters as Albert Boadella and Albert Riera as the balancing representants of those against Catalonia independence, when in Catalonia they are considered little more than political clowns which use the most demagogic arguments available. The real, serious opposition to the independence of Catalonia is embodied by PP and PSC parties.
Secondly, it repeates the same old wrong story that independentists are rural, traditional people which only care for money, as opposed to those in favour of remaining a part of Spain, which would appear to be open-minded, cosmopolitan and modern. It should take little effort of investigation to discover that nowadays independentism is a cross-party tendency, spreading both in rural and metropolitan environments, and that the arguments used by characters as Albert Boadella and Albert Riera of alleged “open-mind” and “no frontiers” have proved time and again to be deceptive and against their own daily practice.