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How can Europe celebrate ex-colonial cultures but despise the Catalans? It is incoherent and dangerous – Telegraph.co.uk

There are two wildly contradictory conceptions of Europe that manage to co-exist in current political fashion. The first, of which we hear much, is of the continent’s quite recent incarnation as an enlightened over-arching organisation: a liberal confederation of member states which transcends the old evils of nationalism and enmity, and actively repudiates its imperial past.

This is, of course, the official Brussels doctrine subscribed to by most British Remainers. The New Europe is seen as the embodiment of a progressive ideal.

Those who wish to declare independence from it, such as the British, or from one of its member states – such as the Catalonians – are throwbacks to a benighted (and dangerous) age in which quaint loyalties to ancient national identities divided the continent.

How can Europe celebrate ex-colonial cultures but despise the Catalans? It is incoherent and dangerous – Telegraph.co.uk

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