Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte: Catalonia’s fight is driven by a passion for neighbourhood, not nationhood

The authors write: “The international community still fails to recognise that the region has witnessed an unprecedented revolution in participative democracy that started long before the referendum, and will almost certainly outlast any constitutional settlement.” This may well be the reason that the “international community”, especially Europe, is not supporting the Catalans exactly as they did not support the Greeks, neither after the election of Syriza, nor following the referendum not to cave in to the demands of the Troika. Participative democracy is the last thing most of the European political class and the European economic interests desire.

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