Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece and author of “Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment,” believes that Madrid’s actions are causing support for Catalan independence to grow and that the issue has now become one that merits intervention from the European Union.
The following is a transcript of the video.
Yanis Varoufakis: Madrid seems to be doing its utmost to ensure that Catalonia leaves Spain.
Think about it in British terms; Imagine if when the Scots had their own independence referendum, imagine what would have happened if London had sent troops in the polling stations to beat up voters.
The result would not have been “yes” to the Union, it would have been a 90% majority in favour of Scotland leaving.
The heavy-handedness, the Francoist elements of the behaviour by Madrid, is pushing Catalonia out of Spain.
Personally, I disdain borders and all nationalisms, but there are new facts on the ground. Catalans must be given an opportunity to express their views in a timely, orderly, peaceful manner, just like the Scots were given.
But it seems to me that the impasse now is as such that Madrid and Barcelona are incapable of doing this.
This is now a European problem, we need a European solution; We need a European Union policy on when a binding referendum is sanctioned, under what conditions.
We better get on with this and Europeanise the Catalan issue.