Meanwhile, Catalonia’s Public Diplomacy Council (Diplocat) is being “reactivated” after the Spanish government closed it down when it imposed direct rule after the declaration of independence.

Diplocat said it would internationalise the festival of patron saint St Jordi next week, during which a group of journalists from European publications – including The National – would experience a celebration of love and books.

Laura Foraster, its secretary general, said in this latest phase of operation, Diplocat would continue being “plural, far-reaching, and at the service of internationalisation”.

She threatened they were considering “possible misuse of public funds”.