European politician Daniel Cohn Bendit met with Carles Buchtemann and interviewed him specifically for the TV channel “Euronews”. The leader of the movement of Catalan independence answered numerous questions and explained what it means for him to be a Catalan. Full version of interview you can watch on Euronews on Friday.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit: “What you mean to be Catalan?”Carles Putteman, the former head
Catalonia: “For me, Catalan has to be a Democrat”.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit: “Everyone can be a Democrat or you aren’t…”
Carles Putteman: “No, but when you claim the right to self-determination, you must be a Democrat, to build a democratic country.”
Daniel Cohn-Bendit: “But you can be a democratic region, where different people live and remain a part of Spain…”
Carles Putteman: “no, No, that’s not right, because in Spain there is no real separation of powers”.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit: “Yes, but this is different…”
Carles Putteman: “Democracy is based on separation of powers”.
And that’s what the former head of the Generalitat thinks about the possibility of a referendum agreed with the Spanish government.
Carles Putteman: “are we Ready to change the project in cooperation with the Spanish government – the project of independence or transition, even federalism, which was said for a long time, but which was never implemented?”
Daniel Cohn-Bendit: “Federalism in the German style, for example…”
Carles Putteman: “If 40 years ago they offered us some kind of federalism German federalism, we would not require independence now.”