On the 1st of October 2017, the world watched as the Catalan people held a referendum that many involved hoped would be the birth of the independent State of Catalunya.
As we know, from the images of that day, things weren’t that black and white. Our guest in the tortoise shack, via Skype, is Professor at the IE Business School in Madrid, Sometime Commentator and Proud Munster Man, Joe Haslam.
Now, with several members of the Catalan Parliament in prison on charges of Rebellion, Joe gives us his views on the origins, politics and pawns tied up in the Catalan Crisis. We discuss the internal politics of Spain and how the role the global financial crisis has played in the polarisation of the countries politics and peoples.
This is part 1 of our look into a crisis of democracy that is playing out today within the EU, with barely a raised eyebrow by Brussels and, we think, asks questions of the EU project as a democratic body that it has thus far ignored.