Peter Luykx

Democracy is on trial in Spain

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Municipal councillors, mayors and members of government dragged through the courts or under investigation in a politicised trial. No, this is not an account of contemporary Turkey, but of longtime EU Member State Spain, where advocating independence is taboo. I am abhorred by the attempts of the government in Madrid to infringe on its Catalan colleagues’ freedom of speech. Our party, the New Flemish Alliance, is an advocate of self-determination and the right of each nation to decide the scope of its autonomy.

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