Intervention

European Union Refuses Intervention in Catalan Independence

Oct. 13th, 2017

Jean-Claude Juncker at the EPP Forum in 2014. Photocredit: Wikicommons

Jean-Claude Juncker at the EPP Forum in 2014. Photocredit: Wikicommons

[Originally published in Barcelona Metropolitan on Oct. 13th, 2017]

The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said today that an intervention on the Catalan independence question “would create more chaos”, ruling out the possibility of the European Union’s intervention in the crisis between Catalunya and Spain. Juncker noted that an independent Catalunya would set a precedence for other independence movements in Europe. Juncker also noted that the EU, an intra-national governing body, cannot intervene in a nation’s affairs, a position that Emmanuel Macron, president of France, expressed this Tuesday in regards to the matter.

Juncker’s stance remains unchanged from the official statement issued after the Oct. 1st referendum, where the EU Commission called the Catalan independence movement “an internal affair for Spain”. Carles Puigdemont, in his address on Tuesday before Parliament, called for the EU “to get involved” in the affair.

The Catalan regional president faces a deadline of next Monday to clarify whether independence has been officially declared.