The Fate of the Nation-State, Globalization vs. Regionalization: The Catalan Case

On October 27, 2017, the Catalan Parliament declared unilateral independence from Spain. The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed to “restore legality” as reported by AFP. Is Catalonia looking to repeat the tragic events it experienced during the 1930s? Spain is insisting on maintaining a Catholic marriage with Catalonia: Once you are in, there is no way out! Why this reaction? To answer this question, let’s go back to the early 1990s when the breakup of Yugoslavia and the dissolution of Czechoslovakia occurred both as a result of a series of conflicts and political crisis. These “divorces” were supported and authorized by Europe since they were part of the strategic objectives of the Capitalist camp, namely tearing down the Soviet power, the Cold War enmity oblige. Europe deemed these divorces appropriate under the guise of respecting the will of the people, in the name of freedom of choice. All this, to stay within the so dear framework of democracy. Europe extended its support and helped these Southeast and Central European countries and even included some of them within the EU family. The questions then that arise are: Why refuse Catalonia the same privilege? Why is it that what was right for the Eastern Republics is not right for Catalonia? Why this double standard? The EU’s hypocrisy vis-à-vis its values is blatant. The EU hides behind the Spanish Constitution, sides with Spain and, in this case, does not want to interfere in the internal affairs of the kingdom. It is interesting … Continue reading The Fate of the Nation-State, Globalization vs. Regionalization: The Catalan Case