A letter from Slovenia to Catalonia
“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” Dear people of Catalonia the Spanish police beat you up before you could spell it, like an abusive partner. Catalonia and Spain relationship status is beyond “it’s complicated”. It happened because you wanted for so long to live a union with Spain you feel as exploitative and terrible all over. Who is anyone to judge you? Independence now!
Slovenia had a similar experience. We detested our partnership with the Balkan states, all macho and just using us! Why beat around the bush, that is why we called it quits. BUT! Instead of working out our issues, like they say, we immediately entered into new relationships. With such glee and joy! We fell in love with the glamorous European Union because of their democratic allure and just a lure it was. Slovenia ran into the arms of the biggest and the baddest NATO. While Slovenia escaped from a very unlikable relationship we found ourselves in the land we can hardly call our own. Guess what? We are surrounded with a barbed wire in the year 2017! Sometimes in the night, when no one is looking we long for our Balkan, but we will never admit it.
Dear Catalonia, before you reach for the European Stars alone make sure they are not just a comfortable illusion in the dark days you are going through now. While now you have a Spanish fist on your face, make sure you do not replace it with NATO tanks. What hurts more?
You may end up buying Dutch food, German cars, Chinese clothes and American weapons and feel proud with an aftertaste of being sold out. Yes, it happened to us, if you must know. Slovenian politicians turned out to be independently corruptible, and now we cannot even blame the Balkan states anymore. We are not just biting our nails in shame; we have already swallowed the whole arm! So, Catalonians take care that you will not dance to the tunes of a depressing Brussels waltz and a NATO march instead of your passionate flamenco!
Spain did not allow Catalonia to stop bullfights, it pretty much summons up their soft touch. You should ban them anyway and the people all around the globe will stand with you! Do not give in! In no way you also need to support things as the Spanish court, queens and kings and the sort parading around at the expense of your working people. Pack them in the fairytale - be gone the paparazzi idle class!
Dear people of Catalonia divorce or no divorce, we support you, just make sure that some uncle Soros might not whisper in your ear. He will much more than just touch your knee when the time comes. If you listen to angels it is up to you, with the sort like Angela take care. Never forget that if anyone claims that God is on your side, make sure it is not just Vatican doing their dirty business as usual, the Spanish Inquisition, remember?
If you divorce, you might in the long term find it better to be friends with the one you share children with, and you do. Do not allow others to profit from your dream. We learned that the hard way.
Slovenia shares many values with Catalonia, being proud of our language, dedication to social equality and above all we share a strong antifascist past.