Spanish parties try to veto Puigdemont's talk in European Parliament
Socialists, People's Party, and unionist Ciutadans argue former president planned to "overthrow Spain's constitutional order"
Three large Spanish parties opposing Catalan independence tried to veto a talk by former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont scheduled in the European Parliament for next Monday.
MEPs for the Socialists, the People's Party, and Ciutadans called on the chamber president, Antonio Tajani, to prohibit a conference by Puigdemont and the current Catalan president, Quim Torra, on the grounds that the former planned to "overthrow Spain's constitutional order."
They also stated that the Catalan politician "boasted repeated disobedience" towards Spain's Constitutional Court.
"Allowing Puigdemont's presence is not compatible with the noble role of the European Parliament as a referent of democracy and rule of law in force in the EU."
"The Socialists are joining the right, in order to impede the freedom of speech in a parliament which belongs to everyone"
Carles Puigdemont · Catalan former president
They also called "usurpation" the fact that Puigdemont considers himself the "legitimate" president of Catalonia.
The Catalan leader, ousted on October 27, 2017, few hours after the declaration of independence, responded by saying that "blocking parliamentary spaces distances them of the European democratic standards."
"The Socialists are joining the right, in order to impede the freedom of speech in a parliament which belongs to everyone."
Conference set for Monday
Tajani will have to decide on the conference, which is set for next Monday, February 18. It will be held in a hall of the European chamber in Brussels.
The topic is the trial against the independence case, and the event was organized by the EU-Catalonia dialogue platform's spokesperson, Ivo Vajgl, and the Flemish party N-VA.