By Michael Natorski and cross-posted from EU Observer
The situation in Catalonia is critical, given that its drive for independence is opposed by the Spanish authorities.
The Catalan government calls for dialogue – but the Spanish government makes it conditional on compliance with the Spanish constitutional and legal system.
The commission refuses to interfere in this arguably domestic dispute, claiming a lack of a formal basis, and it stresses the need to fully respect the Spanish constitutional order and the rule of law.
The position of the commission is faulty.
Given that it is also a matter of protecting the rule of law, the commission should examine the situation in Spain under the rule-of-law framework, which is currently being used in relation to Poland.
The commission and other institutions assume that only the Catalan government is disrespecting the Spanish Constitution and the rule of law.
However, the fact is that the conflict between Catalonia and Spain emerged because of the manipulation of Spanish constitutional norms and the rule of law by central authorities and two dominant Spanish national political parties (the Popular Party and Socialist Party) over the last decade…