Call it by its name: Democracy
Catalonia is at a critical crossroads. After more than a century of building a nation that was based on the tenets of Catalanism, a pluralist political and cultural movement that left behind a legacy of commitment and progress despite the tumultuous history of the 20th century, the country has entered a new phase in order to resolve the endemic disconnection between Catalonia and the Spanish state. Despite the hopeful start of the Transition, Spain’s four decades of democracy have not resolved the territorial dispute. The relationship between Catalonia and Spain has reached a dead end, and the majority of Catalan society has come to the rather bleak realization that it doesn’t have enough strength to change Spain and have it understand Catalonia’s needs regarding self-government, linguistic and national recognition, the economy and the welfare state, co-existence and social cohesion.
Ever since the debacle of the 2006 Catalan Statute, more and more people have been uniting in favor of “the right to decide,” an initiative that emerged from civil society and has the support of a wide swath of the Catalan Parliament. This is not the personal cause of some leader who could easily be dissuaded after a phone call from someone in the political or economic Establishment. It isn’t a partisan strategy. What we are seeing is a change in mindset of a country that aspires to be a genuine political entity; to be sovereign. It is a country that aspires to certain structures and a direct relationship with Europe in order to better navigate today’s global regime change and to be a sustainable and prosperous country that will bring solutions to the world.
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