26 Aug, 2014 @ 15:42
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Merkel backs Spain’s opposition to independent Catalunya

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GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel has supported Madrid’s stance against an autonomous Catalunya.

Speaking at a joint press conference Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged to go to the Constitutional Court to block any Catalan attempt to hold the poll, dismissing the idea as ‘nonsense’. 

Asked for her view on the referendum, Merkel said it was a matter of ‘internal politics’, before backing Rajoy’s view.

“I can say that everything he has said in the past and which he repeats now seems very logical to me and is something that should be backed,” she said.

“We (the German government) defend the territorial integrity of all of (European Union) member states, which is something completely different from the independence of a region.”

Catalan officials have planned a referendum on the issue of independence for November 9.

However, Spain’s national parliament have ruled the non-binding poll as illegal because all Spaniards have the right to vote on the secession of a particular region.

But Catalan leaders have vowed to go ahead with the poll regardless.

The Chancellor’s comments fall in line with the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, who said the Catalan issue was for Spain to solve itself.

EU leaders have also previously said that an independent Catalunya would automatically leave the EU, and would have to reapply to become a member state.





Rob Horgan

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  1. Spain has 29 autonomous regions
    i dont see why if this region wants to become independant it is not allowed to go its way

    There is no longer the need for large Nation states in Europe especially with the EU Umbrella
    and with the Spanish national Government not doing such a great job

  2. NO alternative! Otherwise she’d opon the gates to accept the EU stand-alone positions of not only Catalunya, but Scotland, maybe the UK, et al. The EU “Trade Agreement” was missold. Many countries lost their sovreignty to the EU

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