Before I could be fully aware of the impact, the days and months of 2017 came to belong to the past. The 1 extra second did not help me to get over the fact that I felt I could not do all what I wanted to do in that year.
One of the most troubling facts was that the European Union did not dare to speak openly about the dangerous act of a non-democratic action the Spanish governement had taken. How could it be possible in a so called democratic Europe that some politicians had to take their fight to the capital of Europe.
All over Europe people could see how Spanish police’s violently brought a crackdown of the banned referendum concerning that what lots of people wanted for their community.
This is (Though I must say my son living in the centre of Barcelona city did not have much trouble of what went on.) Friends and colleagues of politicians where put in prison.
Eduard Morell, an activist for the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) in Terrassa could say
“We voted on the first of October and now we have to defend our vote and defend our republic in the polling stations and this time they aren’t going to use violence against us.”
The Spanish government and Constitutional Court with a hard hand showed it clearly that it does not like any call for an independent state. They also managed to bring enough fear over the Catalans who where not sure which way to go and who where afraid all the money would go to Spain and they left into the cold, though 20% of the entire Spanish gdp is generated from Catalonia which attracts 35% of inward investment into Spain, and produces over third of Spain’s exports.
For the Spanish governement the referendum held on 1 October 2017 was so called illegal. In a vote where the anti-independence parties called for non-participation, results showed a 90% vote in favour of independence, with a turnout of 43%. Based on this result, on 27 October 2017 the Parliament of Catalonia approved a resolution creating an independent Republic unilaterally, by a vote considered illegal by the lawyers of the Parliament of Catalonia for violating the decisions of the Constitutional Court of Spain.
In the year that Emmanuel Macron was chosen to French president and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since 2017 he as the youngest President in the history of France at the age of 39, he agreed with Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, to draw up a “common road map” for Europe, insisting that neither was against changes to the Treaties of the European Union. Though he joined the EU in supporting Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy and did not seem to reject that the prosecution requested issuing European Arrest Warrants for Puigdemont and four other members who had left Catalonia for Brussels shortly after the declaration.
At the regional elections held on 21 December 2017 Puigdemont was re-elected to Parliament and Catalan secessionists retained a slim majority in the Catalan Parliament. Puigdemont has called for fresh talks with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy but Rajoy has dismissed this. Puigdemont remains in exile in Belgium.
Pro-independence Scottish lawmakers on the other hand presented a motion in their devolved parliament urging international recognition of Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence from Spain, putting pressure on Scotland’s leader to endorse the movement.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s pro-independence First Minister, would have loved to see Europe defending those who want independence. Not being a sovereign state Scotland could not recognise Catalonia as a republic, even when the Catalan breakaway government had asked for support from the Scottish government.
Scots had rejected independence by a 10-percentage point margin in 2014 but Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has exposed fresh divisions in the United Kingdom. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU, while Wales and England voted to leave.
Throughout Turkey, but also throughout Europe Erdogan fans, were called to give the Turkish president more power. The president was proposed to be given more control over appointments to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK). Held under a state of emergency, declared following a failed military coup attempt in July 2016, with many voting irregularities the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) managed to whip up the Turks in their own country but also across Europe.
Those who were campaigning for a ‘No’ vote faced fear and state coercion and even in the streets of Belgium and Holland battles where fought. Prominent campaigners for a ‘No’ vote, were stopped from holding speeches.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated his claim that European governments that suspended campaigning were ‘Nazi remnants’, which the Dutch government denounced as “unacceptable”.
The Spokesman for European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, expressed concerns over allegations of irregularities in the referendum and called on Turkish civil authorities to launch transparent investigations into the claims.
But once again we could see that too many politicians in 2017 did not dare to open their mouth enough concerning undemocratic situations. This was the big red stain on the year that everything you ought not to be possible became possible. With the unbelievable opener of a ‘family-member’ of the same group as Erdogan and Putin or similar dictator became the 45th President of the United States, and to be the first one who like a small child started shouting that he was the biggest and had the greatest button, …. . On January 20, 420 marches were reported in the U.S. and 168 in other countries, becoming the largest single-day protest in American history and the largest worldwide protest in recent history.
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