France and Germany Pressures Catalonia to Drop Independence Declaration

10 October, 2017, 00:35 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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"If independence is declared, and proclaimed unilaterally, it will not be recognized [by France]", Loiseau said in an interview with the French CNews broadcaster.

Barcelona police said 350,000 people gathered, while march organizers claim as many as 930,000 people turned out.

Catalonia's future looked uncertain Monday, on the eve of a key parliamentary speech by secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont, in which it was unclear whether he would stick with plans to declare independence from Spain.

- Urges the Catalan President to return to the dialogue table.

Some protesters called for Puigdemont to go to jail for holding the independence vote.

European Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, asked about the economic impact of the Catalan debate, said the Spanish constitutional order must be respected.

"I'm calling on the sensible people in the Catalan government.don't jump off the edge because you'll take the people with you", Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamara said.

"This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics".

Ruiz noted that because of the crisis, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is struggling to get the 2018 budget passed, as he lacks the support of the Basque nationalists right now.

Lawmakers with the Scottish National Party (SNP) have called on the Spanish Government to recognise the result of the Catalan independence referendum.

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The Barcelona-based LNG giant announced the move ahead of this weekend's protests in the Catalan capital for and against independence from Spain.

The stand-off has raised concerns for stability in the European Union as it continues to grapple with Britain's planned exit from the bloc.

He did not rule out moving to stop that by suspending Catalonia's regional autonomy, at the risk of sparking unrest.

As a result, the two leaders have not been in contact for some time.

Kofi Annan, in his role as chairman of The Elders, a group of notable public figures formed in 2007 to promote peace, said "consultation and not confrontation" was needed.

In a reflection of the divisions within the pro-unity camp, though, only a few high-ranking members of Spain's leading opposition party, the Socialists, participated, the most prominent being Josep Borrell, a former president of the EU. Media suggested that the process of declaring independence may be launched during this parliamentary session. Basically the only difference between Catalonia and Scotland is we have the mechanism [to become independent] and Catalonia doesn't have it in the constitution.

Catalonia accounts for almost a fifth of Spain's economy, and leads all regions in producing 25% of the country's exports, CNNMoney reports.

Catalan leaders have said they will implement the result of that ballot, which saw 90.18% support for breaking away among the almost 2.3 million people who voted.

1 October in a referendum with a turnout of 43% for the independence voted 90,18% of the participants, as against 7.83 per cent. Less than half the electorate of the region participated in the vote last Sunday.

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