The Catalan referendum at the Folkemødet political festival in Denmark
Participants in a debate held with the collaboration of the Danish European Movement demand dialogue and a reinforcement of democracy in Spain
Yesterday evening (16 June) the debate entitled “Can Catalonia become the next new State in the EU?” was held at the Folkemødet, the most important political festival in Denmark which has received 100,000 visitors and participants over its four-day duration.
The public present at the debate were mainly Danish, and included academics, political representatives and journalists. During the talk, Stine Bosse, president of the Danish European Movement, called for dialogue as the only option to deal with the demands of Catalonia. “The borders of Europe will change and we have to listen to everyone,” he stated and went on to say, “It’s not up to me to tell Madrid what to do but I encourage them to listen to everyone.” Joan Majó, former socialist government minister, called for support from Europe to be able to reach a negotiated solution. He explained that he is not in favour of independence itself, but he defends the right of Catalans to vote. Sjúrður Skaale, an MP in the Danish parliament from the Faroe islands social-democratic party, questioned why the Scottish and Quebecers had the chance to vote in a self-determination referendum but Catalonia is denied this right. He also stated that the European Commission should defend all European citizens and not just States. Albert Royo, Secretary General of Diplocat, explained that the increase in huge demonstrations seen in recent years in Catalonia is not connected to economic issues, but to dignity. He pointed out that at present political representatives are being persecuted and tried in Catalonia for defending the right to vote.
The event was moderated by Jette Elbæk-Maressa, journalist for the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, one of the most important and widely-read papers in Denmark. The event was organized by the Europabevægelsen (Danish European Movement) in collaboration with the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat).
Last updated: 21 June 2017