National Liberation versus Ultranationalism: The Universal Category of the Basque
Euskal Herria Bildu [Basque Country Unite] (EHB)
Chaired by: Véronique Dudouet (Berghof Foundation)
Respondent: Hildegard de Vuyst (Royal Flemish Theater KVS, Brussel)
Josu Juaristi is a journalist and a Member of the European Parliament of the Euskal Herria Bildu coalition. As journalist his work has been focused on international matters and EU issues. From 2004 until 2011 he was director of the Basque daily newspaper GARA and since 2011 director of the weekly magazine 7K.
This lecture addresses the difference between ultranationalism and the national liberation movement of the EH Bildu coalition. Although EH Bildu lays a clear territorial claim, it does not promote a Basque Country in purely ethnic terms. Rather, it regards the case of the Basque people as a universal condition of all peoples striving for the right to self-determination. Thus right-wing ultranationalism regards separation from others as a victory, while left-wing internationalism treats self-determination as just one of many steps towards articulating an internationalist commons. The progressive national state, in this context, is an internationalist one.
The New World Summit: Stateless State took place at the Royal Flemish Theater in Brussels, Belgium, 19-21 September 2014.