#CitizensRoute e-Tribune – The Catalan crisis from a European angle: Contribution after debate by Ferran (Aegee-Barcelona)

Some notes about the debate:
It was very interesting.
Max Vives talked about the Article 1 in Lisbon Treaty, which talks about “los pueblos de Europa” (“the peoples of Europe”, “les peuples de l’Europe”).
It was also mentioned that probably it is optimal that some issues are managed locally, others regionally, others at State level and others at European level. For example, Macron talked about 2 things that have to be managed at state level. One of them is pensions. For me, it is obvious that this is the case (if someone has been working and contributing in one state, obviously it’s from here he/she will have to take the money back from, when retiring). It is still soon for managing this at European level, because European mobility is not as strong and developed yet, probably.
Anecdotes about Barcelona:
1) Valentina said that when visiting with her Spanish friends from outside Catalonia, people in Barcelona refused to speak to them in Spanish (Catalan not understood obviously) and chosed English instead. Maybe they chosed only so that Valentina could also understand. That would be my well-intentioned interpretation. Other option is that they did not want/like using Spanish: that could be an indicator of the indignation by some Catalans (of course they were able to use Spanish). Anyway, I don’t know, I was not there. But it has surprised me. I’d say that the most common thing I see in Barcelona, and also what most practical is, is to address Spanish people from outside Catalonia in Spanish.
2) Giorgio’s daughter applying to Business School in Barcelona. I find it strange as well. The International Programs in the Business Schools in Barcelona use I believe mostly English, and some Spanish (it would be impractical otherwise).
And I would add the Financial-Economic crisis starting in 2008 as a trigger for this conflict in Spain now. Most of the times, reasons are economic. And of course every media tells the story from its perspective.
Salut, Ferran

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