Post by kerouac2 on Oct 29, 2017 15:21:08 GMT
I'm sure I am not the only person who has hesitated to broach the subject, but it is impossible to ignore it. Like most of us, I am not really qualified to analyse the validity of the Catalonian independence movement. It seems to have had quite a bit of regional autonomy, but I don't really know exactly what that entails. The local police and the media are controlled regionally, which seems somewhat normal, but what more do they want? I fully understand the desire of republicans to not want to live in a kingdom. After all, Spain has already had a terrible civil war about this subject. But in countries where the sovereign is only a figurehead, is it really that important? In the long run, I think that the concept of royalty will disappear, just as the control by religion in many countries has faded away.
The language issue seems to crop up, since Catalonian and Castilian are different languages, but quite a few countries have managed to live with regional languages. I really do not care for the intransigence of the Belgian regions in terms of road signs or municipal services, but I never saw anything so extreme in Spain. But of course, I do not live there, so maybe I am missing something.
The EU has indicated that it is 100% against the independence of Catalonia, both the union itself and each individual country, many of which have regional movements that could cause trouble if independence became a fad. All of the countries that have split up in the last 30 years or so did so before becoming members of the EU (Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia), so the problem has never before presented itself. Naturally, one must wonder about Scotland, which could perhaps choose independence in order to remain part of the EU if the UK manages to leave.
I find myself wondering if there was any provision in the United States constitution when numerous states seceded from the Union in the 19th century, but I assume that it was an "illegal" decision. I do not really feel like looking it up right now. I do remember learning in school that when the ephemeral Republic of Texas joined the United States, it retained the legal right to split into 5 different states because of its size at some time in the future. I am sort of surprised that they have never threatened to do it, because can you imagine the United States with eight more senators to influence national policy?