Tusk asks Spanish government to “favour force of argument, not argument of force”
The president of the European Council says that “for EU nothing changes” after the declaration of independence and that Spain “remains the only interlocutor”
The first EU reaction to the declaration of the Catalan Republic came from the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk. He asked the Spanish government to "favour the strength of arguments, not the argument of force." The president of the European Council stated that “for EU nothing changes. Spain remains our only interlocutor,” stated Tusk.
Tusk urged not to declare independence
Last week, the president of the European Council, made an appeal to the Catalan president to step back from declaring independence. In a speech to the Committee of the Regions before a debate on Catalonia, he said that a declaration of independence “would make dialogue impossible” and highlighted that it was necessary to “look for a solution to the problem without using force.”