Does the emergence and proliferation of movements for regional autonomy and independence across Europe point to yet another aspect of fragmentation, pulling Europe and Europeans further apart? Or, to the contrary, do they imply a form of direct democratic representation that could co-exist with, or even reinforce, the European level of political governance?
This debate with Sarah Beattie-Smith and Roccu Garoby will aim to take a comparative look at some of these movements across Europe, in particular the case of Scotland in the post-Brexit context. The discussion takes place in connection to the Green European Journal’s 13th edition, ‘Tremors in Europe.’
Sarah Beattie-Smith is a Scottish activist and politician who was the Scottish Green Party's lead candidate in the South Scotland region in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. She is also currently a member of the advisory board for the progressive online publication Bright Green.
Roccu Garoby has been a policy advisor working on budgetary affairs for the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament since 2011. Politically engaged in the Partitu di a Nazione Corsa (PNC) since 2010, he was the President of the European Free Alliance Youth between 2011 and 2016.