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Will an independent Catalonia join NATO?

Alex Calvo's picture

Catalonia's quest to recover independence has prompted governments world-wide to focus on two issues: the possibility of a Spanish default, and Catalan security and defence policies. Barcelona-based think-tank CIDOB held a round table on the 4th of June to discuss the latter. The day before, President Artur Mas had publicly confirmed in Parliament that Catalonia would be seeking direct membership in NATO, and the Military Studies Society (SEM) had published an unofficial white paper on defence budgets. After an introduction by one of the think tank's researchers, Marc Gafarot, in charge of the event, Barcelona University Professor F. Xavier Hernández Cardona and myself spoke.

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Is Catalonia’s bid a fad or a fixture?

Toni Strubell's picture

Just recently I have read about and been in contact with a number of English, American and European observers of the Catalan sovereignty issue who seem confused. They are not sure if they are faced by a momentary fad, fever or frenzy that time will “cure” or by a prospect of severe and lasting change. In some cases I have been able to politely suggest that the comfortable pro-independence majority in the Catalan Parliament might be indicative of quite a solid phenomenon, as are the seven or eight years of massive street marches which, incidentally, are showing no signs of flagging. Be it as it may, I think that some fresh on-the-spot views on the Catalan issue might be welcomed here and there.

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Some considerations on the EU membership of Catalonia

Francina Esteve's picture

Regarding the Catalan elections on the 27thof September, one of the issues that the different political parties, the media and the entire citizenry will debate, will be whether a hypothetical independent Catalonia would stay inside or outside the EU. The Advisory Council for the National Transition (CATN) has analysed this issue, knowing that, at that moment, a definitive answer cannot be given. That issue would need political negotiation and no decision would be automatic.

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Which domain for an independent Catalonia?

Oriol Torres i Tornel's picture

Almost every user remembers the time when the most common internet domain was ‘.com’. As new ones were appearing and becoming increasingly popular, we got used to other ‘top-level domains’ – which is their technical name – such as the ‘.org’ and the ‘.net’. Currently, a great deal of domains exist and many more will be approved, because the situation has radically changed and because a business model has also been developed around this, mainly based – I’m afraid – on privileges and speculation.

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Now is time for democracy

Muriel Casals's picture

Today, the National Day of Catalonia, we will live through a new historic day of citizen mobilisation to demand our right to decide. Thousands of Catalans will express our firm will to go to the polls on the coming November the 9th via a huge human mosaic in the heart of Barcelona. A unique and spectacular image that will display to the world our determination to vote.

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Catalonia: the conflict is democratic, not nationalistic

Eduardo Reyes's picture

In the last five years we have seen that the pro-independence movement in Catalonia, one of the most productive regions of Spain, has grown in a significant way. Some claim to see this as a sign of a lack of solidarity or of nationalistic selfishness, not understanding the real reasons which have brought us to this situation.

Catalonia has always led democratic reforms in Spain, and has contributed in a big way to solidarity with the rest of Spain's regions with its efforts. However, in 2010, after the verdict of the Constitutional Court against our self-government, it became evident that it was impossible to continue progressing towards a quasi-federal model within the current Spain

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The fiscal drainage of Catalonia

Núria Bosch's picture

Catalonia suffers from a significant fiscal drainage towards Spain in the form of a large fiscal deficit. This is the difference between the Central Government’s public sector spending in Catalonia and the resources extracted from this Autonomous Community, mainly through taxation, by the Central Government.

Fiscal deficit data, all calculated using the same methodology, is available from 1986 until 2011. The average for 1986-2011 is 8% of GDP with a standard deviation around this average of only 0.9. Therefore, one can speak of a structural fiscal deficit that affects the Catalan economy recurrently.

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The Catalan Way towards independence

Carme Forcadell's picture

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) is a wide-reaching and inclusive civil society organisation that brings together people from the right, from the left and from the centre; people of various political parties, and people who have never been involved in politics. However, they all share the same wish that Catalonia will become a new state in Europe.

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Independent Voices

Ruairidh MacIlleathain's picture

Many people in Scotland (or Alba as we call it in my language) are fascinated by the vigour of the independence movement in Catalunya and, if we were called upon to lay a bet on which country might achieve independence first, we would be hard-put to know where to place our money. Putting a million people on the streets of Barcelona last year was a phenomenal achievement, and certainly not one that could be copied (even at a smaller scale) in Scotland. If our country’s drive to independence seems to be lukewarm currently, there is more than just economic uncertainty to blame.

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The Gartner Hype Cycle of Catalan Independence

Liz Castro's picture

Ever since the unexpected results of the Parliamentary elections in November last year, there has been a decided change in the atmosphere around Catalan independence. Even though it was obvious that some Madrid exultations that the sovereignty question was over in November were clearly premature, it is also undeniable that the euphoria felt in Catalonia during the previous two months was dealt a severe blow, and which to date has only just begun to recover.

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