In this Talking Europe Podcast by the 1989 Generation Initiative our Editor Jose Javier Olivas Osuna discusses the Catalan crisis with Mireia Borrell, in a conversation moderated by Michael Cottakis. They set out the historical background to Catalonia’s independence movement and the Spanish Constitution, before delving into the question why things were allowed to escalate so profoundly. What role did Mariano Rajoy and Carles Puigdemont play in the unfolding crisis? With the upcoming election, they offer valuable insight into what may happen next, how the crisis can be deescalated, and what role, if any, the EU can play. Both agree that the Spanish government misunderstood and miscalculated the severity of the conflict. While Mireia Cottakis puts forward the case for Catalan independence, Jose Olivas Osuna argues that the case for independence is not as strong as it is often made out to be, and that independence is desirable neither for Spain nor Catalonia.
Note: This podcast gives the views of the authors, and not the position of the Euro Crisis in the Press blog nor of the London School of Economics.
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