Spanish president ‘has not a single positive idea’ for Catalonia, says Puigdemont
Pro-independence leader opens door to "unilateral way" and warns Pedro Sánchez's time is ending
Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has accused Spanish leader Pedro Sánchez of not having "a single positive idea" for Catalonia, and warned that he has little time left to propose a political solution for the conflict over independence.
Speaking at a conference in London’s Frontline Club, Puigdemont doubled down on his criticism of the current Spanish president, who came to power last spring thanks to the votes of pro-independence parties.
Referring to Sánchez’s parliamentary address on Wednesday, in which he notably hardened his tone on Catalonia, Puigdemont said he expected the Spanish president to "talk about politics, but he only talked about police: sending more police to Catalonia in order to continue the repression."
"If democracy is threatened in a part of the EU, it's a threat to all Europeans"
Carles Puigdemont · Former Catalan president
In exile since leading his government into a declaration of independence a year ago, Puigdemont stressed that he and his followers "will never renounce the unilateral way to be independent." He suggested that Sánchez’s reluctance to agree on a political solution for Catalonia would open a "new era" in which "unilaterality" could not be ruled out.
"A trial on European democracy"
Ahead of the trial against independence leaders, in which jailed politicians will face charges of violent rebellion, Puigdemont said the priority for pro-independence parties should be to"strengthen their unity."
The former president said that the trial against independence leaders will be a "trial on European democracy," because "if democracy is threatened in a part of the EU, it’s a threat to all Europeans."