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"

EU Council president Donald Tusk (by Nazaret Romero)
EU Council president Donald Tusk (by Nazaret Romero) / ACN

ACN | Barcelona

September 26, 2018 11:23 AM

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.