Juncker in Barcelona to persuade Catalans renounce independence
The historic session of Catalan Parliament is postponed for one hour, reportedly president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker tries his powers to persuade president Carles Puigdemont to renounce the unilateral declaration of independence.
Both Spain’s government and European Council President Donald Tusk appealed to Puigdemont not to proclaim independence.
“I ask you to respect, in your intentions, the constitutional order and not to announce a decision that would make such a dialogue impossible. Diversity should not, and need not, lead to conflict, whose consequences would obviously be bad for the Catalans, for Spain and for the whole of Europe,” Tusk said in a speech in Brussels.