‘The quality of democracy in Europe is at stake,’ claims Torra
The Catalan president called for international mediation during a speech at the University of Geneva
“The future of Catalonia and Spain, and the quality of democracy in Europe is at stake.” This is how Catalan president Quim Torra ended his speech at the Swiss University of Geneva on Wednesday night, in which he also called for international mediation.
This mediation between Catalonia and Spain, claimed Torra, “is needed” in order to “find a political solution” to the situation, as well as, he added, to make sure “it is complied with by Madrid afterward.”
“How can we trust a government that protects a king, that instead of being a referee, behaved last year like a hooligan with a crown?” asked Torra. Asserting that it is “his will and the will of [his] government to find a political solution based on the right of self-determination,” he however lamented that “the Spanish political class is not at all open to it.” This, the Catalan president expressed, “cannot be an excuse for international actors” to not intervene.