José I. Torreblanca is the editor of the opinion section of EL PAÍS.
The former Catalan premier has committed serious crimes, violated the Spanish Constitution, threatened our democracy and put social peace in jeopardy
Dear German friends,
As you debate Carles Puigdemont’s extradition to Spain, I wanted to share some thoughts with you.
Spanish democracy is far from perfect. But it is the best we’ve had for 40 years. After the Spanish Civil War and Franco dictatorship, the 1978 Constitution
has provided Spaniards with political and social rights. It has allowed
us to live in peace, prosperity and mutual recognition. Thanks to the
vision and wisdom of the men and women who negotiated it, we’ve been
able to build a modern, open, and European society. And thanks to the
generosity of our fellow Europeans we’ve been able to join the
organization with the highest regard for human rights in the world: the
The Hispanic Council quiso recordar de forma sencilla y breve a la opinión internacional que España es una democracia con plenos derechos y libertades y que el Govern independentista actuó al margen de la ley.
Ambassador Javier Rupérez response to Heather Conley at CSIS, author of "The Silence of the Damned: Catalonia separación from Spain)" as published in www.csis.org
me add a couple of comments to your piece on “The Silence of the
Damned”, which has recently appeared on the CSIS web page. Article 2 of
the 1978 Spanish Constitution, approved
in referendum by 90% of Catalonians, establishes Spain as the “common
and indivisible homeland of the Spanish people”. I am sure that
“indivisibility” sounds familiar to you when thinking about the “perfect
Union” of the American Constitution or even the “indivisible”
nation of the Pledge of Allegiance. It is obvious that the Catalonian
separatists would like to break that “indivisibility”. As you may easily
understand, that wish would entail breaking up the territorial
integrity of the oldest European nation, a solid member
of the NATO alliance since 1982, one of the biggest economies in the
European Union since 1…
1. Catalonia inside Spain.
Located in the northeast of Spain, it covers about 32.000 Km2 (6,3% of Spain’s territory) and has a population of 7,5M people (17,6% of the total Spanish population).
The Catalan Gross Regional Product is about 210.000MM € (approximately 19% of Spain’s GDP).
2. Historical reference
Catalonia has never been an independent kingdom, but was part of the Kingdom of Aragon, which joined the Kingdom of Castille in 1492 to form the Spanish Kingdom. Thus Catalonia has been part of Spain since its very inception.
Since 1898, when Spain lost Cuba, its last colony and an important market for Catalan textile exports, a minority part of the population of Catalonia has been claiming their right to obtain a self-rule Government and/or Independence, because of the differential factors of their history, language and culture.
During the second Spanish Republic, on October 6, 1934, Lluis Companys, at the time President of the Generalitat (Catalan Autonomous Government) declared …