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In a round table at the Espai Catalunya Europa Krystyna Schreiber presented her book containing interviews on the Catalan process
This afternoon in Brussels, Krystyna Schreiber presented her book “Die Übersetzung der Unabhängigkeit” (The translation of independence), at the occasion of an event for German-speaking public in the Belgian capital. The event took place at the Espai Catalunya Europa of the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the European Union.
The Permanent Representative to the EU, Amadeu Altafaj, welcomed the audience, amongst which officials of the European institutions, lawyers and members of various Länder representations to the European Union. Altafaj reminded that the State of Autonomies in Spain has little in common with the German federal model, and underlined the integrative, transversal and thoroughly European character of the Catalan process. The coordinator of ANC Belgium, Ivan Fox, also conveyed words of welcome on behalf of the organisers.
In the following round table participated the Professor of Political Science at the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), Klaus-Jürgen Nagel, and the Head of Press and Communication of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (DIPLOCAT), Martí Estruch Axmacher, as well as the author of the book.
Schreiber, translator and journalist, explained the genesis of the book and her personal experience in Catalonia, where she has been living and working for many years. Nagel presented several scenarios for the future and deconstructed some of the most common German impressions regarding Catalonia, such as that independentists only have economic motives. Finally, Estruch gave a summary of the current political situation in Catalonia and Madrid and insisted on democratic principles as the basis of the sovereign movement.
During the debate, the public asked several questions on internal enlargement of the EU and membership or exclusion of an independent Catalonia, Catalan preferences for the next Government of Spain and aspects related to fiscal deficit and economic viability of a Catalonia outside Spain.
Last updated: 17 March 2016