The Fuse Is Lit in Catalonia
Catalonia’s declaration of independence and the Spanish parliament’s vote to take over the regional government have brought Spain to its greatest crisis since the end of Franco's dictatorship four decades ago. Not only is Spain's territorial integrity at stake, but Catalonia's secession bid may also pose a direct threat to the European Union as a whole.
- Ana Palacio thinks recognizing Catalonia’s "right to decide" would shatter the Spanish constitutional order.
- Joschka Fischer argues that a stable and intact Spain that includes Catalonia is essential to the EU's future.
- Joseph S. Nye points out that the right of national self-determination falls short of being a primary moral principle.