The standoff over Catalan independence from Spain has split not only the region and country itself, but Europe as a whole. Beyond the ongoing pyrotechnics, this issue raises a bigger question: when is it appropriate for a smaller region of a larger geopolitical entity to secede? What criteria should be used to decide the legitimacy […]
Andrew Watt and Steven Hill
Andrew Watt is Head of the Department Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK – Institut für Makroökonomie und Konjunkturforschung) in the Hans-Böckler Foundation. He was previously senior researcher at the European Trade Union Institute. Steven Hill is a journalist and author of Die Startup Illusion: Wie die Internet-Ökonomie unseren Sozialstaat ruiniert, published in May 2017 by Droemer Knaur, and Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age. He is a former Holtzbrinck fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and former senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington DC.