Helsinki | Conference on Catalonia, organized in Finland by the Magma think tank
Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raül Romeva, accompanied by the secretary general of DIPLOCAT, Albert Royo, explained the process of self-determination currently underway in Catalonia
Raül Romeva, Catalan Minister for Foreign Affairs, spoke about the current political situation in Catalonia to about fifty participants – including diplomats, university professors, and members of important Finnish think tanks – during this act on 26 October. Romeva explained the will of the Catalan government to hold a binding referendum on independence in September 2017.
The conference was presented by the director of the Magma think tank, Nils Erik Forsgård, and the secretary general of DIPLOCAT, Albert Royo, who explained the reasons behind the Catalan government’s decision to hold a referendum despite the Spanish government’s repeated refusal to allow one. Forsgård referred to the Spanish government’s lack of political will and explained the decisions taken by the politicized Constitutional Court – which, only days before, had overruled Catalonia’s ban on bullfighting.
During the hour-long debate, members of the audience expressed interest in knowing what Catalonia’s roadmap would be immediately after the referendum and also asked questions about other options besides independence, such as the possibility of Catalonia remaining in a federal Spanish state.
Romeva concluded the conference by emphasizing the radically democratic character of the self-determination process, and the desire to build a new State respectful with the different languages and cultures which make it up (while favouring the Catalan and Occitan languages), and with a strong welfare state, along the lines of northern European models.
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Magma is a Finnish think tank that was founded in 2008. It supports liberal values and is independent of party politics. Since the beginning Magma has focused on issues such as integration, minorities, media, and the consequences of structural and economic change.
Last updated: 26 October 2016