If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know I’m a huge supporter of independence movements like the Scottish, Catalan, Flemish, Korsika, Northern Italy, Sicily and Basque ones (there are much more). And besides the briefed right of self-determination, backed by both the UN and EU charters, mind you. There are other reasons. Obvious ones are the financial drain, put by the majority states on these independent nations, the suppression of culture and language. However, if we want a truly United Europe, we need smaller member nations, otherwise big nations like Germany and France, both in itself dominated by powerful regions, will dominate the Eu and stand in the way of a true European democracy.
“Article 1 in both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) reads: “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development. ”
The critics will scream about nationalism, but they could be not further from the truth. These small nations celebrate their culture, but they come from a background of being suppressed, they have no desire to dominate, they are openly welcoming and liberal. They want to be part of the EU, they want to work in the EU, and they want to work together. They have no desire to have their own military forces, on the contrary, all these smaller nations don’t want military bases, and they don’t need them. Just look at Scottland and the whole Trident issue.
The Nationalists are here the big usually conservative parties, in Spain, they directly descend from the fascist Franco regime, they even send in the military and militarized police troops to suppress and jail democratic elected local politicians. They threaten to destroy the economy of these nations by blocking them from EU membership. The English even got the last vote for Scottish independence via lies and threats. The Scottish were made thinking they could not be in the EU without being part of Great Britain. Then the English voted to leave the EU and are forcing Northern Ireland and Scottland out as well.
Hopefully, the Scottish will vote now for independence, and they will now know Europe will welcome them. The Catalans need the same chance. The EU and every democrat need to condemn the Spanish militarized oppression there.
We need a Europe of small member states, in order to break the power Germany, France, and other big states hold over it so we can finally move on to a united and truly democratic Europe with indeed elected leaders, and the English, who have always been fighting more integration in Europe thankfully gave us a chance by voting themselves out. And don’t doubt it they will rejoin within 20 years, as their economy already lies in shambles and will go further down the drain.
But to truly show and live the European liberalism and humanitarian, Huge states like Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Poland need to be broken into smaller regions. They need to lose their dominance over Europe.