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What Spain is doing to Catalonia is not, at all, Democracy. Catalonia citizens have fought for decades for their rights, have fought to be an independent republic and deserve to be treated as one. The policial attacks to Catalonia citizens only represent a dictatorship, and should be condemned by all European institutions. More than ever we need to fight for Liberty and equality!
The EU needs real democracy giving it legitimacy independent from the national electoral cycles and the so-far mainly national public spheres. The election of MEPs should be made gradually more European by creating an EU constituency-list system and a common system for parties to designate the candidates for these lists.
The EU has been demonstrating for years the diversity of their population, I think it’s time to include another perception of identity among the citizens, being European must not mean leaving our “nationals identities” for acquiring the “new European identity”. From my point of view, the institutions should promote a cosmopolitan and European vision if we want to face the global risks we are facing and the news to come. There is not another better way if we understand each other and we cooperate to deal with the problems and create a better future for our children.
A new conception of European identity which would be based on the individuality of every person, that’s what I’m talking about, the future of Europe is cosmopolitan.
Finally, I would like to finish with a quotation by Ulrich Beck, who advocates for the cosmopolitan view in his book named “The Cosmopolitan Vision” (2006): “What, then, does the cosmopolitan outlook signify? […] the cosmopolitan outlook means that, in a world of global crisis and dangers produced by civilizational and international, us and them, lose their validity and a new cosmopolitan realism becomes essential to survival.” (13-14)