Catalonia’s declaration of independence is not a crisis, or at least it should not be called so.
I find it hard to call a peaceful push for democratic self-determination a ‘crisis’ by any means, it is something that should be freely exercised without any such uproar of “crisis” and “rebellion” in the mainstream press.
Here is what has made it a crisis. This is largely under-reported in the mainstream media:
- Spain’s PM, Mariano Rajoy refusing to allow a legal referendum, resulting in Carles Puigdemont having to set up his own for the sake of his people’s representation.
- Spanish authorities using police to violently suppress a peaceful vote. Police were allowed to block polling stations and attack voters as they tried to cast their votes.
- Spain refusing any dialogue offered and insisting it was ‘illegal’ by all means, shouting ‘rebel’ and threatening force at every turn. Why? Because Spain’s government know a legal democratic vote will lose them Catalonia. Instead of discussing how they could better relations by changing the status quo, they insist on the illegality case and continue to ignore the Catalans, further widening the rift between state and people.
- The EU taking a non-stance on the whole issue. The union that prides itself as the grand mediator of conflict and the upholder of European values & stability chose to back Spain’s reckless authoritarianism by calling it an ‘internal affair’. Let’s face it, the EU wants to keep Catalonia in its sphere of influence, and this means forgoing democracy and due representation.
Spain wants Puigdemont to retaliate to strengthen its case for forceful direct rule.
Rajoy is out for blood, he knows he looks like a tyrant, and he is, so he is actively looking for a forceful retaliation from the Catalans to back up his actions, which Puigdemont has smartly ignored.
Instead, Puigdemont has opted for a Gandhian approach of mass civil disobedience, urging Catalans to exercise ‘peaceful resistance’ to Spain’s authoritarian move to take back the region. Puigdemont’s support is high, so there is little chance he will lose influence on this front unless imprisoned or otherwise. Even if Puigdemont goes, the movement for independence will not die.
The EU is between a rock and a hard place on the issue.
The EU, of course, does not want to take a stance against one of its member states, nor does it want to lose Catalonia which is a wealthy net contributor to the Eurozone. Coming out against either one goes against its interests.
However, in the very process of this non-stance reluctance, it has allowed itself to willfully ignore acts of violence under Spain’s government all for the sake of its political motives. It is a lose-lose situation for the EU.
The fact there has been not a word of condemnation from the EU allows Rajoy to continue his authoritarian, anti-democratic approach unhindered.
The result is that Puigdemont must fully exploit the resulting ‘victim image’ on the world stage as much as possible, until the EU or any other body is pressured to call Rajoy out.
Puigdemont stands strong, despite little support from the international audience.
A few European nations have opted to not recognize Catalonia as a nation state, the UK doing so makes perfect sense; to keep things positive with Spain and the EU, both in the wake of troublesome Brexit deal negotiations.
Finland is reported to be moving towards a recognition of Catalonia as a fledgling state. Puigdemont must wait on support from the rest of the world, in the meantime holding strong, playing the ‘oppressed’ card as much as he can.
Puigdemont has said he will remain Catalan president ‘until citizens decide otherwise’.
As much as Rajoy shouts for the need to restore “law, democracy and stability” in Catalonia, Puigdemont will work to uphold those very standards – while Rajoy evidently works to undermine them.
The bigger picture; what Catalonia signifies.
The bigger picture, from Catalonia being a thorn in the globalist EU’s side, is that this will spur more nationalism and further balkanization of Europe.
Juncker admitted there were “more cracks” appearing in the European Union after Catalonia declared itself independent of Spain.
Disgruntled, alienated regional populations will move away from the increasingly multi-cultural urban centres that sap the identity and core cultures of the nation states of Europe. We have seen this with Brexit, with migration being a focal point in the referendum, we will likely see this in Hungary, Austria and other nations where nationalist parties are gradually rising in popularity.
Nationalism and Socialism rising, but which one rises faster?
The truth is both pro-EU socialism and secessionist nationalism is on the meteoric rise, but which one will rise faster and get its representatives in office to guide the continent towards its own vision first? Globalism seeks to eliminate national inclination, but I believe personal loyalty to a nation and culture is integral to preventing power centralizing in one place, i.e. the EU. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Foreign cultures are being intertwined with European cultures, studies show that different cultures live apart, Merkel admits multiculturalism has failed among other heads of state. Different cultures vote differently too, with third-world migrants voting for socialist parties with the incentive of big-government welfare on the menu.
Westerners vote for smaller government, while third-world migrants, not knowing or understanding liberty, vote for bigger government. That is an observable trend and the driver for movements like the one seen in Catalonia, European identity starts at the individual and eventually takes its form on the maps.