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Enric Ravello Barber
Enric Ravello Barber

Location: Spain

Specialization: History, Catalunya, Spain, Geopolitics, Nationalism in Europe, Islamization, Immigration

TOLERANCE WITH JIHADISM: BIG PROBLEMS FOR CATALONIA’S BODY POLITIC

Islamist attempts that occurred last November in Paris have raised alarm among European politicians.

The political class that until recently claimed that immigration would be integrated into European societies and that our societies would become a model of harmonious multiculturalism, begin now to realize the failure of their claims, and begin to witness the arrival of millions of Muslim immigrants as a serious problem that is difficult to solve.

The consequences of this change of mind is being translated into a series of preventive measures in domestic policy, an open debate on the Schengen Treaty, and in the relations between the EU countries.

As the geopolitical expert and professor at Nagoya University, Angel Calvo, said, France is unwilling to allow a new state so lax and permissive with jihadism as Belgium - the country with the highest percentage number of Islamic radicals – on its southern border. That means that the policy of the government’s "open door" to "pseudo-refugees" is a new handicap for recognition by France and other EU countries of Catalonia as an independent state.

In recent weeks, the “Generalitat”[1] and Catalan parties that support it, have taken a further step in the policy of “open doors,” ensuring that every new immigrant will receive two years of official economic aid for clothing, food and a living place. That is not just a political blunder and an injustice to the native Catalan population, but it increases the risk of arrival of jihadists to Catalonia over the next two years.

At the same time it should be noted that while France closed three radical mosques following the terrorist attacks, in Catalonia twenty Salafist mosques were opened during the last year alone. The total number of radical mosques in Catalonia, reaches eighty mosques, an eerily dangerous number.

For years the Catalan nationalist parties have tried to attract the support of immigrants by creating public foundations such as "Nous Catalans," affirming that every immigrant will get the “Catalan nationality,” and attending mosques to give electoral meetings there. A wrong strategy that had no results: Muslim leaders call to vote for the PSOE [3], the Spanish Socialist Party that opposes Catalan independence; a strategy that only created distrust in the EU towards a possible independent Catalonia.

Decidedly from political infantilism Catalonia will never be independent. To achieve recognition of the EU it must be much more serious and this requires a serious policy on immigration.

 

Endnotes

[1] “Generalitat”: Government of Catalonia

[2] Lit. “New Catalans”: A Foundation dedicated to promoting and subsidizing immigrants to Catalonia: http://www.nouscatalans.cat/

[3] PSOE: Socialist Spanish Party, and anti-independence one.  http://politica.e-noticies.es/musulmanes-piden-el-voto-para-el-psoe-99093.html

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