Junker rejects “any form of separatism”10/11/17Government
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said “no to any form of separatism” in a speech in Salamanca on Thursday (9 November).
“Nationalism is a poison that prevents Europe from working together,” he said. “The moment has come to put together what belongs together. Therefore, I say no to any form of separatism that weakens Europe and further widens the existing fissures.”
Juncker’s speech comes amid the ongoing conflict between the Spanish government and Catalan secessionists, which has raised concerns about separatist movements in other EU countries.
Spanish authorities have launched legal processes against the former regional government members dismissed by Madrid after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence on October 27.
Eight politicians were jailed without bail and pending trial, while a Spanish court issued a European Arrest Warrant for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont after he fled to Belgium.
“Without Spain … our European Union would be incomplete,” Juncker said.