The Political Future of Catalonia. Views from a Global Perspective. Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Princeton University // New Jersey, United States of America
Experts discuss the future of Catalonia from a global perspective at a conference at Princeton University organized by DIPLOCAT and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination
Princeton University in New Jersey (USA) hosted a conference on "The Political Future of Catalonia: Views from a Global Perspective" yesterday, organised by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) in cooperation with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.
Round table on the future of Catalonia
Albert Royo, Secretary General of DIPLOCAT, opened the debate by explaining the numerous solutions the Government of Catalonia has proposed and the lack of answers from its counterpart in Madrid. Since the ruling of the Constitutional Court in 2010, legal barriers are the only answers to a democratically legitimate consultation. However, this denial does not make the problem go away, and the role of democracy should be to resolve it in the same way as in Scotland.
Carles Boix, Robert Garrett Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, praised the actions impulsed by the bottom-up movement in Catalonia as being clear and transparent, while Madrid’s blocking makes it difficult to know what will happen next. Plebiscitary elections have been announced in Catalonia for 27 September and the only way for the Spanish government to impede them would be to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy – an action which seems impossible but has already been evoked.
Francesc Vendrell, Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University and former UN Assistant Secretary-General, continued by underlining that there is no other case in Europe where a popular demand of such importance is ignored by its central government, which clearly does not fulfil its role with its non-existence. In a multicultural and multinational democratic Europe, the right to self-determination should be normal.
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, reflected on the consequences of Madrid’s lack of dialogue. Whilst parties should negotiate and respect each other, non-recognition of the Catalan matter bears the risk of radicalisation. Nevertheless, the more the conflict is internationalised, the more the potential nations talk to each other.
Debate chaired by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University.
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The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton University supports teaching, research, and publication about issues related to and emerging from self-determination, especially pertaining to the state, self-governance, sovereignty, security, and diplomacy with particular consideration of socio-cultural, ethnic, and religious issues involving state and non-state actors. The Institute was founded in 2000 through the generosity of H.S.H. Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein, and is directed by Wolfgang Danspeckgruber.
Last updated: 26 March 2015