Δευτέρα, 2 Οκτωβρίου 2017

Some thoughts about the Catalan referendum ...

As a hard-core Europeanist and internationalist I usually do not agree with national or secessionist movements, but I strongly support the protection of human rights, particularly minority rights, and the protection of particular identities, local culture, less spoken languages. I have been following the course of Barcelona and all of Catalonia for a long time. After the Olympic Games in 1992 Barcelona is a "northern European" city, a lighthouse of European culture, freedom and quality of life in the Mediterranean, and Catalonia is the most important link to the recovery of the Spanish economy. On the contrary, my country and the Greek capital. At the beginning of the last decade, Greece was a European champion of economic development and also organized the Olympics. Instead of making it a springboard for a new upswing had a five-year conservative government who blow up the economy, increese debt and let Greece at the brink of disaster. Similarly, another conservative Prime Minister of Spain today, instead of sitting on the table of dialogue with his Catalan fellow citizens, and preventing an evaded evolution, responded to the referendum with repression and police forces unless Mariano Rajoi is a champion of the Catalan secession. Nonsense sometimes could be catalytic for developments.

Jaume Mateu - Peter IV the Ceremonious

I am interested in the issues of Catalonia and for yet another reason. Athens for some time in the Middle Ages was run by Catalan Knights. After 1311, after defeating the Franks, the rulers who were in Greece since the Fourth Crusade occupied the Duchy of Athens and ruled for more than seventy years. King Peter IV of Aragon had even called the Parthenon because the Acropolis rock was part of his territory as
"the most expensive gem of the world, so that all the Kings of Christianity could not create something similar" ... Unfortunately, the ethnocentric education we take in Greece carefully conceals very interesting aspects of our history that have nothing to do with golden ages, great military achievements and national narratives.

The Acropolis as the seat of the Duchy of Athens (1207-1457)
I wish all this adventure of our friends on the other side of the Mediterranean to end soon and peacefully with the best solution for the people of Catalonia. Most importantly, however, the right-wing Spanish government is to be serious, to understand that it is not in the age of concierge and to rush to the table of dialogue. democracy and dialogue are the reference points for our time and the European reality. As in areas such as economics and development, as well as in areas of regional development, local identities, culture, linguistic partnership, and so on. We need in the future single federal Europe not only economic robustness, balanced budgets and national narratives but a social Europe with development sharing the whole of society with decentralized powers in the regions and municipalities and reference to the local, regional identities of the European peoples.


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