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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Catalonia: political prisoners or an extrajudicial elite?

It is difficult to see why actions taken by the government in Madrid ought to be regarded as a curb on dissent, and not as a preservation of the country’s constitutional order.

Foolish consistency: Spain’s Kosovo-Catalonia conundrum

By equating Kosovo with Catalonia, Spanish leaders reveal themselves as unable to distinguish between legitimate aspirations for self-rule and destabilizing separatism.

Catalonia: a cry for understanding and recognition

In Catalonia, there has long been no other option: independence is the only remaining route to social justice after Spain’s dismissal of all attempts to dialogue over the years.

La defensa del estado de derecho en la Unión Europea

Carta abierta al presidente de la comisión, Jean-Claude Juncker, y al presidente del consejo Europeo, Donald Tusk, cc. Vice-Presidente primero Frans Timmermans. English. Catalan

Upholding the Rule of Law in the European Union

An open letter concerning the upholding of the Rule of Law in the European Union, co-signed by 188 scholars, politicians, public intellectuals and members of the European Parliament and sent on November 3, 2017. Español. Catalan

Why Catalonia does not deserve to be independent

If we accept such self-serving and irresponsible arguments in one case, the whole of Europe is gone.

How technology powered the Catalan referendum

One of the real heroes of the referendum was undoubtedly social media.

Catalunya and beyond: what’s after the nation-state?

To take back control we need neither to retreat to existing nation-states nor to replicate the nation state’s authoritarian structures at a smaller, regional level.

Taking the Spanish government before the law

The EU might be forced to act under the pressure of its citizens, and for this, it has provided both the procedure and the channels.

Catalonia’s drive for independence and the emergence of global cities

The pro-independence movement in Catalonia has created a singular coalition that includes the beneficiaries of globalization, the elites of a global city, and those left behind by globalization. Español

Spain: shall we talk?

"We need to opt for dialogue, respect and understanding. We are many, we are diverse, we are respectful, and above all we want a better country and not one infinitely worse." Español

Declaration on the crisis in Catalonia

We, the undersigned, a group of philosophers working at Catalan universities, declare: Español

Catalonia: democracy and secession

The Catalan question is not a national question, nor a question of a nation state, but a question of democracy.

Catalonia: now what?

The time has now come for Europe to make its voice heard, after Madrid’s brutal repression and its failure to listen to that many of its own people.

Is it time we had an international framework for unilateral secession?

The current UN Charter is unsuitable, outdated and preoccupied with the era of decolonisation, which posed very different challenges to those we are facing today.

Why both the Spanish and the Catalan governments think they come out reinforced from the referendum clash

The PP may be seen as sole guarantor of Spanish unity, while support for pro-independence parties morphs into a reaction against repression by the Spanish government and its conservative values.

How to preserve fundamental rights on the internet: a guide

The Spanish government's crackdown in Catalonia has shown that the entire population – not only Catalan people – needs tools to guarantee their fundamental rights. Here's a practical guide to securing them online. 

There is more than one nationalism in the Iberian peninsula

International criticism of the Spanish government’s behaviour towards Catalonia has so far been muted. However, the central state’s belligerent intransigence has left Catalans with very few choices.

A (weak) homage to democracy in Catalonia

The images of a half-empty parliament during the referendum law vote illustrate how Democracy and Catalonia have gone their separate ways. Democracy is not the law of the majority, but the protection of the minority. Español Português

We just want to stop pleading

A call to the people of Spain, because the Catalan independence referendum on October 1 is about rather more than that. Español

Catalonia: recognition and dignity

On October 2, it will be necessary to find a way out that does not imply the total defeat of the other and that enables us to recognize Spain’s national diversity. Español

Catalonia-Spain: Deadlock

September 11: the world - and Spain - is taken by surprise with the images of over a million people marching down through the streets of Barcelona, peacefully, in a very calm and cheerful mood, with no incidents whatsoever – in itself marking quite a distinctive exception to the trend in these years – but claiming nothing less than In-de-pen-den-cia, Independence.

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