‘Europe can’t ignore vote’:
The leader of Catalonia accused the European Union on Wednesday of “turning its back” on the Spanish region in its conflict with the central government over a disputed independence vote planned for Sunday that Spanish authorities have vowed to prevent.
“They are very brave when they talk about other countries where they have no competencies, but where are they when
we citizens need them?” Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said of EU officials four days before the secession referendum. “Is Europe’s solution to Catalans to turn its back?”
Puigdemont also told The Associated Press he intends to make the divisive matter of Catalonia’s independence into a European affair rather than just a domestic issue.
“If the yes wins, I will make an appeal for the European community to become involved, because we will have won our right to be heard, something that hasn’t happened until now because the European Commission has always turned a deaf ear (to Catalonia),” the 54-year-old separatist leader said.
Sweden’s Queen Silvia holds a teddy bear during a workshop with refugees on the island of Mainau at Lake Constance, Germany on Sept 27.