Puigdemont: “What happens in Catalonia is as crucial for the future of the EU as Brexit”
The Catalan president leaves Belgium after three months to participate in a University of Copenhagen debate on Catalan politics
Carles Puigdemont said on Monday that the final outcome of the political deadlock in Catalonia “is as crucial for the future of the European Union as Brexit.” Speaking at a debate at the University of Copenhagen, the deposed Catalan president accused the EU of holding different countries to a double standard when it comes to the breach of democratic principles. “How is it possible that the EU treats Spain and Poland so differently?” he asked.
Puigdemont’s conference came amid high expectation, as it marks the first time he’s travelled outside Belgium since late October, when he left Catalonia after the Spanish government dismissed him for a declaration of independence. The Spanish prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to issue an international arrest warrant for Puigdemont, but it was turned down.