The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has recalled the independence of Czechoslovakia from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918 - a hundred years ago - but has overlooked the fact that in 1992 this country split in two to form the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Juncker did however remark that the two countries continue as "friends united at the heart of Europe" - given that both are members of the European Union.
100 years on from the birth of an independent Czechoslovakia we celebrate today with all Czechs and Slovaks, friends united at the heart of Europe. Gratuluji k výročí! Gratulujem k výročiu! A century on the map of Europe may have changed but its spirit lives on. Congratulations. pic.twitter.com/tAi9q9YOKn— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) 28 d’octubre de 2018
In response to this message from Juncker, several Twitter users asked him about the situation between Catalonia and Spain. Some comments pointed out to the Commission president that the situation in Catalonia is not like that between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, such as one tweet recalling the recent words of former Spanish foreign minister Margallo, affirming that Spain would not leave Catalonia "without blood".
Same as Catalunya and Spain. Oh, wait!!! Your friend Margallo said Spain will not leave Catalunya without blood... this is for your conscience... have a nice day.— Josep Anton Cipollino groc (@JosepAnton10) 28 d’octubre de 2018
Other tweets also recriminated Juncker for never making any reference to Catalonia or other "repressed cultures or countries" and hoped that, some day, he would do so.
I hope one day someone talks the same about Catalonia and other repressed countries and cultures— Paul Larripa (@Larripaa) 28 d’octubre de 2018