The European Union is a mess, both politically and financially. Like the US, it is a hyper-state built on centralization, top-down control, paper money, debt, and the suppression of populist dissent.
But out of the dust of this instability, secession and independence are brewing in Spain.
Spain has entered a constitutional crisis. The decision of Catalonia’s nationalist government to call a snap election in November – which in practice will amount to a referendum on independence – has opened the way to Catalan secession. That decision, in turn, may give a lift to Basque separatists, now running neck and neck with mainstream nationalists in regional government elections due next month, after winning the largest number of Basque Country seats last year in local and general elections.
Secession is nothing more than political divorce, a separation from an organization that has outlived its usefulness or has committed an unacceptable amount of abuses.
This is why I cheer on any and all secessionist movements. It decentralizes decision making, provides laboratories of political experiments, and is based on the principle of free association. Why should Basques and Catalans be ruled by those thugs in Madrid (or DC, Moscow, Beijing, Berlin, etc) if they don't want to?