Since when does a referendum process in a European country become a “problem of democracy,” even though the question is on independence?
It’s happening in Spain, where the Rajoy government, now decisive in the European Union, has become an elephant inside a glassware store. It has commandeered the treasury of the Catalan Generalitat, arrested officers, seized propaganda material and millions of ballot cards, threatened hundreds of mayors and journalists, and ordered the police to enter newspaper newsrooms.
It takes the mask off the reality of the ongoing democratic process that sees the restoration of the People’s Party, in the face of the widespread — even strong — but scattered and therefore impotent and incohesive, Spanish Left. It also faces the substance of a “leftist” independent claim, which, although not openly nationalist, is likely to imitate all the “Balkan” modes and developments of nationalism.