A quote on contemporary politics

“Our civilization’s destiny depends on climate change, migrations, inequality and globalization, four forces that escape the logic of frontiers and that can only be controlled in a collective effort, without fanatism or demagogy.”

Xavier Mas de Xaxàs in an op-ed piece on the French presidential elections, La Vanguardia, May 6, 2017


Xavier Mas de Xaxàs (Barcelona, 1964) is a graduate in Information Science of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and in Contemporary History of Universitat de Barcelona. He started as an intern at Europa Press [news agency], from where he transferred to La Vanguardia [newspaper].  During his career he has covered mainly international news: the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification, the Balkans conflicts, the first Gulf War in Kurdistan as well as Russia and Chechnya are part of his journalistic baggage. He was La Vanguardia’s US correspondent between 1996 and 2002, a period during which he covered stories such as the Lewinsky scandal, the 2000 Presidential Elections that were decided by the Supreme Court, and the 9/11 attacks. Nowadays he works as a reporter on local news and an analysts for La Vanguardia and other media. The outcome of his US experience is the essay La sonrisa americana [The American smile] (Mondador, 2003).

This blogger is a keen follower of Mas de Xaxàs’ columns.

SOURCE: La Vanguardia, May 6, 2017, p. 10 [printed edition] (quote); Planeta (biographical information)


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