By: Chema Arraiza
Catalonia’s recent declaration of independence has prompted many to draw comparisons with events in Kosovo – but closer analysis shows the two cases are very different.
The Spanish government has taken direct control of Catalonia in the past few days in order to quell its bid for independence.
Serbia’s government made a similar move in Kosovo in 1989, acting to prevent the independence of its southern province. That led to the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia, while Serbia’s subsequent actions eroded the legitimacy of its claim to Kosovo.
These days, many experts, officials and ordinary people, are pondering whether these two situations are comparable.