Catalonia: self-determination or status quo? Universidad de Buenos Aires - Facultad de Derecho // Buenos Aires, Argentina
Debate from the Argentine perspective at a conference organised by DIPLOCAT in Buenos Aires
The Law Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) hosted the conference “Catalonia: self-determination or status quo?”, organised by the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT) with the support of the Social Science Faculty of the UBA. Three people who know well both countries debated the Catalan question from an Argentine perspective.
Luis Tonelli, Director of Studies of Political Science at the Social Science Department of the University of Buenos Aires opened the conference making reference to the challenge, which independence movements in democratic states represent to political science. Political science should offer solutions for the channeling of their claims.
The Catalan qüestion from the point of view of Argentina: Joan Biosca
Joan Biosca, a Catalan journalist living in Argentina, opened the debate on independence by asking for a solution to this issue, which dates back a long time in history. As the Spanish state opposes a vote on the subject, the regional elections on 27 September, which will be used as a de facto independence referendum, may give solutions.
The Catalan qüestion from the point of view of Argentina: Gustavo Capdevila
Gustavo Capdevila, lawyer and representative of the Catalan community living in Argentina, focused on the European Union, commenting that the German reunification showed that the EU adapts to political realities and should not be seen as an obstacle to independence.
The Catalan qüestion from the point of view of Argentina: Fabio Quetglas
Fabio Quetglas, Professor of Political Science at the Social Science Department of the UBA, referred to the costs of maintaining unity with Spain for Catalonia. He highlighted that the concept of nation state makes sense in closed markets. However, in the new open economy, innovation and efficiency are more important than the size of the state.
Questions and answers
Before closing the conference, there were some questions and considerations by the public which were accordingly answered by the speakers.
Finally, Albert Royo, Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia, closed the debate by underlining the importance of the vote of the 27 September as the only way the Spanish state has left for Catalonia to know the will of their citizens on their political future.
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Last updated: 28 May 2015