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the powers of the government, which in turn become inoperative. Ultimately the attacks go against the foundations of Catalan identity and the survival of our nation. These include such comments as, ‘Within two generations you’ll be diluted’. Or, ‘You’ll become residue and you’ll disappear’. The Catalan reaction is against such beliefs, and also against the contempt with which they are held. Nevertheless, Catalan society expresses its opinion in an entirely peaceful and completely democratic environment. In a climate of deep respect toward everyone living in Catalonia, whatever their origin and their language. With a desire to build a positive relationship with Spain, even

after independence, in a relationship involving cooperation in all areas. In keeping with Catalonia’s continued desire to form a part of Europe, which has a long history. Catalonia is the only area of Spain which was born as part of Europe, one thousand years ago. An awareness of this European connection has persisted ever since. History also teaches us that Spain has often been reluctant in its attitude towards Europe. Catalonia now gives its full support with the absolute confidence that Europe will not ignore such a historical, yet contemporary fact. So long as it is carried out through democratic strength, internal cohesion and a respectful attitude.

The Royal Palace of Barcelona’s Saló del Tinell.

*Jordi Pujol (Barcelona, 1930). Trained as a doctor, he was elected President of the Government of Catalonia in 1980 and re-elected in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1995 and 1999. Since 2004, coinciding with his withdrawal from front-line politics, Jordi Pujol has presided a private foundation, the Jordi Pujol Study Centre, the aim of which is to raise awareness of his political and intellectual thought.

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Special Issue • 17 • Spring 2014

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