European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday backed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s handling from the Catalan secessionist crisis.
“As president from the Commission, I support the position on the Spanish government. And do you know why? Because I am simply who respects the law,” Juncker told the Spanish daily?El Pas?inside an interview. “The EU is based on the rule of law, and just what my Catalan friends have inked is definitely the opposite: violating what the law states.”
Juncker said he didn’t have “only one personal contact” with ousted Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont, who faces charges of rebellion and sedition in your house for unilaterally declaring Catalonia independent and features?sought refuge in Brussels.
Puigdemont fled Catalonia inside the wake of an October 1 referendum on independence that Madrid declared illegal. After local Catalan leaders declared independence, Spain asserted direct control in Catalonia and dissolved the regional assembly. New regional elections might be held next week.
Earlier this month,?Juncker rejected “any kind of separatism that weakens Europe and further widens the present fissures” within a speech at the University of Salamanca. Rajoy is at attendance there.
Juncker warned Catalans against secessionism. “History teaches that certain should not cultivate regional caprices and oppose these people to national identity,” he told El Pas. “This is not ways to fight for one’s identity.”
“I support a Europe in the regions,” Juncker added, but “I really don\’t like the idea when you\’re among the winners of an nation that lets you leave when and nevertheless, you want.”