Peoples without Borders

BARCELONA/BERLIN (Own report) – Just days before regional elections in Spain’s Catalonia – elections declared a plebiscite on secession – a political partner of the German Green Party is calling for the rapid secession of that region from Spain. Ethnically defined “peoples” throughout Europe should have the “right to self-determination,” recognizing “no borders,” according to a declaration signed by the Spanish member organization of the “European Free Alliance” (EFA). The EFA unites separatist parties of various political orientations from numerous EU member countries. These include organizations closely connected to Viktor Orbán’s ruling Fidesz Party, in Hungary, conservative Flemish nationalists and a party in the tradition of northern Italian separatists, who, years ago, had used terrorism as a means of imposing South Tyrol’s absorption into Austria. Both, the EFA and the German Green Party are members of the same parliamentary caucus collective in the European Parliament. EFA subsidiaries disseminate a map of European so-called nations without states, depicting, for example, Catalonia as independent of Spain and merged with other territories in Spain and France to constitute a “Greater Catalonia.” Leading politicians in the current campaign for Catalonian separatism are propagating pan-Catalonian views, which opponents sharply criticize as “cultural racism with an expansionist demeanor.” The EFA’s map of Europe also depicts Germany merged with Austria and territories of neighboring countries to form a Greater Germany.

Nations without a State

One of the organizations closely cooperating with the German Green Party in the European Parliament has for years backed Pan-Catalanian views. The European Free Alliance (EFA) – an alliance of numerous parties from EU member countries, representing linguistic minorities and groups of dialects – is calling for the “right of self-determination” for ethnically defined minorities throughout Europe. They have been disseminating a map of Europe [4], showing “nations without a state.” Poland, for example, is significantly reduced having lost the region populated by the “nation” of the Kashubians, as well as Silesia. France, for example, must do without Brittany (“Breton nation”), its southern region (“Occitania”) and Alsace. Spain loses not only Catalonia, but also Andalusia, Galicia, the Basque Country and several other regions. Catalonia, on the other hand, is fused with the region of Valencia and some of southern France, and includes the Balearic Islands (“Països Catalans”).The largest “nation without a state” is Germany, according to the map, merging with Austria, Luxembourg, the Northern Italian province South Tyrol and the German-speaking regions of Switzerland. (The illustration is an excerpt of the European map published by the EFA youth organization.)

A New Europe

EFA – whose subsidiaries have been disseminating a map, presenting a continent with a preponderant Greater Germany – is a member of a parliamentary caucus collective in the European Parliament that includes the Green Party of Germany. Seven politicians represent EFA. The presidium of the parliamentary collective also includes Rebecca Harms (German Green Party), who is one of the two chairpersons as well as two EFA functionaries. The first deputy chairperson is a member of “Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya” (“Junts pel Sí”). A few days ago, Spanish EFA members published a declaration in favor of Catalonia’s statehood. They also declared they would struggle for “a new Europe” that recognizes its – obviously ethnic defined – “peoples’ right to self-determination” and “no borders.”[5]

National Disintegration

Catalan secessionist success in next Sunday’s elections would give a boost to European ethnic separatisms, represented by the German Green Party’s partner organization, EFA. All major EU countries, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Poland would be affected – all, except Germany. In terms of power policy, Germany would profit from this development – unless an uncontrolled escalation can be prevented. This cannot be taken for granted, when looking at the various cases of national disintegration that have been taking place in Europe over the past twenty-five years.

Full article: Peoples without Borders (German Foreign Policy)

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