The view from Madrid: when diversity becomes annoying

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup

The Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia has issued an editorial analyzing the Spanish government’s stance towards multilingualism in light of recent news that the Catalan Government will be charged more than 6,000 euros for every student who wants to be taught only in Spanish in Catalonia.

Catalonia Votes | Spanish attitudes to Catalan cultural identity
Figures released by the Catalan Ministry of Culture and the Catalan Institute of Statistics show 36.3% of citizens use Catalan as their second language, higher than the 31% who consider it their mother tongue. Underlying the image of a multi-lingual Catalonia, 50.7% use Spanish as their main language.  As the Catalan Minister for Culture, Ferran Mascarell, said, “Catalonia consolidates a diverse and multilingual linguistic model”. […]

Yet more worryingly, Madrid’s government has talked of “Hispanicising” children in Catalonia. These are not the words of someone representing a multi-cultural and multi-lingual Spain, as envisaged by the Constitution. It is one in a series of acts seeking to strengthen Madrid by quashing diversity.