Tusk rules out role as mediator in Catalan crisis
European Council head rejects Carles Puigdemont's suggestion he could arbitrate between Spain and Catalonia but will continue "encouraging dialogue"
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has rejected the suggestion by former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont that he could act as a mediator between Spain and Catalonia to help find a solution to the current political crisis.
In a book by Puigdemont that came out this week called 'The Catalan Crisis, an Opportunity for Europe,' the exiled Catalan leader says he spoke to Tusk last year, and thinks the EU head would be the best person to lead this mediation.
"President Tusk will, as he has said repeatedly before, continue his approach with encouraging dialogue, avoiding the use of force and respecting the rule of law"
Donald Tusk's representative
However on Wednesday, a representative for Tusk said in a statement: "President Tusk will, as he has said repeatedly before, continue his approach with encouraging dialogue, avoiding the use of force and respecting the rule of law."
The statement reiterated the EU's hands-off approach towards the political crisis, insisting the "solution should be found within Spain and in full respect of Spain’s constitution." It also said that Tusk had "not had any contacts with Mr Puigdemont and was not aware of the suggestion."