The media mania over the attempts to drive President Trump from office seems to have overshadowed some really serious events elsewhere in the world. The struggle over Brexit is getting at least some coverage, though arguably not enough because British departure from the EU could well lead to a restructuring if not a collapse of that historic attempt to unite the continent that sparked two world wars, albeit under a top-down, undemocratic regime that probably deserves to meet the ash heap of history.
But I have seen very little coverage of what is happening in Spain, specifically Barcelona, where the Catalonian independence movement has totally disrupted life in the fourth largest metropolis in Europe (the EU and EFTA countries). I was in Barcelona a couple of weeks ago for a few days, just before Spain’s Supreme Court handed down heavy prison sentences for nine leaders of the Catalonian independence movement, which sparked five days of riots, some of them turning violent. read more