‘Europe can’t ig­nore vote’:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL | WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP -

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.

(AP)

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.

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