As most Spaniards do, a majority of Catalans want to participate in a common project for the future of Spain. I cannot resign myself to seeing an isolated Catalonia in a globalized world, nor can I resign myself to seeing more borders in the era of open societies.Since I am neither Catalan nor Spanish nor even European, this is not really my business, but I have a deep suspicion of all separatist movements. Very few of them ever solve the problems (economic stagnation, corruption, a sense of being ignored by leaders) that drive them. Many of them have an "if I can't win I'm taking my ball and going home" feel, for example, you hear a lot more about Southern secession when the Democrats are in power, and many Scots really only want to leave Tory-land, not Britain. More deeply, secessionist movements support the division of the world into smaller and smaller groups, which I think is the opposite of what we need.
Faced with those who promote rupture, I demand dialogue. Faced with exclusion, I ask for coexistence; federalism and union, not provincialism and division; the rule of law, not arbitrariness; and pluralism and freedom against dogma and imposition.
I was born in Barcelona. Catalonia is my homeland, Spain is my country, and Europe is our future.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
A Catalan for Spain
Catalan politician Albert Rivera calls for greater union, not independence: