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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
EU Summit Discusses Catalonia
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Though not officially on the agenda in Brussels, crisis in Catalonia was one of the main topics discussed.
European Council President Donald Tusk ruled out "mediation or international initiative or action."
His remarks came shortly after Madrid said it was beginning the process to impose direct rule over Catalonia, stripping the region of autonomy.
Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders strongly support Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, fearful of separatist movements in their own countries, inspired by Catalonia's movement.
Vladimir Putin said crisis in the region exposes Western hypocrisy, backing the dismemberment of Yugoslavia including Kosovo independence, opposing others like Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan.
Rajoy convened a special cabinet meeting on Saturday, beginning the process of invoking the constituti
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