What the ed­i­to­ri­als said

The Week - - News -

By declar­ing in­de­pen­dence, Cat­alo­nia’s sep­a­ratists “in­dulged in a fu­tile, reck­less ges­ture of de­fi­ance against the le­gal and con­sti­tu­tional or­der of Span­ish democ­racy”, said the FT. It was “as in­de­fen­si­ble as the sham­bolic, il­le­gal ref­er­en­dum” on 1 October – in which 90% backed in­de­pen­dence, but in chaotic con­di­tions and with a turnout of only 42%. There is no doubt that the se­ces­sion­ists have “acted il­le­gally”, said The Guardian. The EU, the US, Bri­tain, France and Ger­many have all rightly re­fused to recog­nise the in­de­pen­dence dec­la­ra­tion. But it’s also true that Madrid’s “in­ept and tone-deaf re­sponse”, cul­mi­nat­ing in the use of po­lice vi­o­lence to stop peo­ple vot­ing in the ref­er­en­dum, “has in­flamed the cause, not damp­ened the fire. Mat­ters should never have got to this stage.”

“Po­lit­i­cal prob­lems need po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tions,” said The Times. This im­passe “will not be re­solved with le­gal text­books” or riot po­lice. So it is wel­come that both sides have said they will ac­cept the re­sult of elec­tions on 21 De­cem­ber. It would be “best for Cat­alo­nia and Spain” if the re­gion’s vot­ers de­ci­sively re­jected the sep­a­ratist par­ties (the last elec­tion was finely balanced). But if Cata­lans rally to Puigde­mont’s cause, Madrid will have to al­low a le­gal ref­er­en­dum “in due course”.

Puigde­mont: “reck­less”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.