Saturday, 18 January 2020

ECB’s De Guindos says Catalonia ought to stay within Spain

REUTERS / Kai Pfaffenbach

MADRID: European Central Bank vice president Luis de Guindos expressed support for Spanish unity on Friday, after being asked about the prospect of Catalonia’s indepentist parties allying with Spain’s minority leftwing coalition.

“The best for Catalonia, Spain, and Europe would be for Catalonia to continue forming part of Spain,” De Guindos said, a month after the country’s fourth election in as many years delivered a hung parliament.

Pro-independence rallies, some massive and others violent, have rocked Catalonia since nine politicians and activists were jailed on Oct. 14 for their role in a failed 2017, secession bid.

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