Tomorrow, 12 February, the trial of twelve Catalan politicians and social movement leaders involved in the October 1, 2017 independence referendum commences. It is a travesty of justice, being tolerated by the EU and Social Democrat government of Spain. The trial is just the tip of an iceberg, as neo-liberal interests foster fascism to stop demands for democracy in Europe. Spain is on its way to becoming its most advanced site. Not long ago Spain was seen as a model EU state. Political stability was guaranteed with a two party system established in 1982 in operation with government office passing backwards and forwards between the corrupt centre left social democratic PSOE or the corrupt centre right Popular Party (PP) – the EU democracy model.