Don’t Try to Ex-Spain: EU Parliament Snubs Proclamation of Catalan Statehood

Don’t Try to Ex-Spain: EU Parliament Snubs Proclamation of Catalan Statehood
REUTERS/ Francois LenoirEurope09:38 29.10.2017(updated 09:43 29.10.2017) Get short URLTopic: Catalonia Declares Independence: Consequences


Barcelona may be one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations, but none of the EU countries have shown support for Catalonia’s recent declaration of sovereignty.

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani has said that no one will recognize Catalonia as an independent country.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, he said that Catalonia’s independence violated the constitutional structure of Spain, which in turn is part of the European Union’s structure.

That’s why Catalonia’s secession from Spain is tantamount to Catalonia’s secession from Europe, according to Tajani.

Earlier, the US, Germany, France, Cyprus, Argentina, Mexico and Turkey refused to recognize the independence of Catalonia.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that Moscow’s position on the situation in Catalonia remains unchanged and that Moscow respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Spain.

South Ossetian Foreign Minister Dmitriy Medoev, for his part, told Sputnik that “the South Ossetian leadership will consider the recognition of Catalonia’s independence, if it receives a corresponding request from Catalonia.”

Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, tweeted that his region of Bosnia and Herzegovina could become the first to recognize Catalan independence, while its neighbor Serbia said it supports the territorial integrity of Spain.

On October 27, the Catalan parliament adopted a resolution declaring the region a republic, free from Spanish rule.  Spanish authorities were quick to respond by triggering Article 155 of the constitution and thus stripping Catalonia of its autonomous status.

On October 1, more than 90 percent of the 2.26 million Catalans, who took part in the independence referendum, supported Catalonia’s secession from Spain. Although the vote was deemed illegal by Madrid, Catalonia’s authorities decided to proceed with the region’s breakaway bid.