FINANCIAL TIMES. Lunch with the FT: Jordi Pujol 9jun2012

Lunch with the FT: Jordi Pujol

By Victor Mallet

It cannot be easy to be the foremost champion of Catalan nationalism and stay cheerful. Once the heart of a Mediterranean empire, Catalonia is now just one of 17 Spanish autonomous regions stricken by economic crisis and facing the threat of a humiliating international bailout. These days, its name is less well-known abroad than its capital Barcelona and the city’s celebrated football team.

Yet as I wait in the quiet, drawing-room decor of Racó d’en Cesc, the Catalan restaurant Jordi Pujol has chosen in Barcelona, I wonder whether vindication might finally be near for the man who was Catalonia’s president for more than two decades and who in his eighties continues to campaign vigorously for its recognition as a European nation.

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Posted on October 16, 2012, in BY COUNTRY, BY DATE, BY LANGUAGE, BY SOURCE, English, Financial Times, June 2012, United States of America. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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