The referendum in Catalonia: a European issue
What can we think of the images of chaos, fury and ultimately the total impasse to find an institutional solution to the conflict in Catalonia?
One thing is certain: the disproportionate violence committed during this referendum process is inadmissible.
Otherwise, both actors are equally to blame.
The Rajoy government in Madrid, which has banned the holding of this referendum, is not respectful of the fundamental right of peoples to self-determination.
Indeed, other governments have already agreed to organize such consultations. The Scots have had theirs in 2014, the people of New Caledonia will decide next year on the island’s independence from France.
On the other side, the Catalan separatist government, which by its policy of going all-out to the end and the precipitate organization of this referendum, is not free of criticisms.
As for Europe, has been notable only by its low profile. It has a major role to play in this crisis. (suite…)