Andre Rebentisch on Mon, 9 Oct 2017 11:16:34 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Catalonia and mainstream opinion

We are observers and not a direct party to this conflict (yet).

Two principles collide: "self-determination of the people" and
"preservation of territorial integrity".

Politicians on both sides are playing a chicken game that is not going
to end well.

I don't think Kosovo's statehood or a "Texanian secession" as coined by
US news media are good examples. When we look at traditional
secessionist movements like US or Irish or Algerian independence they
went through a phase of violent opposition and - of course - did not
care about the legality under the governing rule. Would an independent
Catalonia become a republic?

EU and member states are poised to side with the territorial integrity
of Spain - and civil liberties.

Best, A

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