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Should the European Union intervene in the political conflict in Catalonia?
Interventionism is a form of paternalism. Spain and Catalonia should solve their differences together.
There is a solution that does not require EU intervention and would please both sides. The unionist majority regions of Catalonia would form a new autonomy within Spain (Tabarnia), while the pro-independence majority regions would conform the Catalonian Republic. 100k signatures in 3 days
EU has no legal power to do anything in the internal matter of one of the union's state
The EU derives its power from its member states it would be out of line for the EU to take step in between an issue that is solely between Spain and Catalonia. The only role the EU can and should facilitate is to accommodate a discussion between both sides to find a solution and ease tensions.
The head of the EU Parliament Antonio Tajani has said that any action against a member state’s constitution is an action against the legal framework of the EU. For the European Commission, it is a question of internal politics. And an independent Catalonia would be outside the EU.
Paternalism is not bad if Spain is breaking human rights and international law. One of EU's aims is to enforce protection of all its citizens' rights.
Spain and Catalonia may require intervention to solve their differences.
Spain and Catalonia need third party mediation as Spain it's not willing to listen to a reason that 2.000.000 people of their country are asking for.