Monday, 3 March 2008

Democracy in action: self-determination

There is plenty of media coverage about the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo.

It is not surprising how Spain has aligned itself with those models of democracy: Russia and Serbia.

Spanish politicians are at pains to stress that Catalonia and the Basque Country are different cases and that Kosovo is a one off. I am old enough to remember that the same people said exactly the same after the independence of the Baltic Republics or the new Balkan states.

Independence is won by exercising the democratic right self-determination. Apart from the former Czechoslovakia, I cannot think of any stateless nation that won independence by mutual agreement. According to some, self-determination is the prerogative of the occupying or master power. Their lack of democratic credentials is obvious for all to see.

Kosovo, like Croatia or Lithuania or Latvia won their independence status by exercising their democratic right of self-determination: democracy in action.

Let’s hope that Catalonia will one day join the community of nations and become another state within the European Union, by exercising the right of self-determination in a free and democratic manner and without Spanish anti-democratic interference.

1 comment:

Miquel Marzabal Galano said...

I do hope that. But with the politicians we have today... no way!
Not even ERC seems to have self-determination in their agenda when they are in the government.. Unfortunately.
What is it? Is it fear? Is it that they don't care? Are they using us just to get votes? I just don't understand. It will take one generation of politicians at least to achieve what Basque country is planning to do in October. Because the politicians we have today will never have the balls to act without fear as Ibarreche.