Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
There is growing criticism in Belgium about the arrest warrant for the deposed Catalan government president Puigdemont. The Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said to VTM News that Madrid has gone too far. “When will Europe anything at last?” He said. “Beating up peaceful people and jailing government ministers. I’m asking questions.” …
Former Belgian Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Di Rupo calls it on Twitter shocking to put Puigdemont in a cell. According to him, Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy behaves like an “authoritarian Franco follower“, referring to Spanish ex-dictator Francisco Franco.
Carles Puigdemont bailed pending Brussels ruling. Ousted president of Catalonia and four former ministers await decision on extradition to Spain after 10-hour hearing: here.
Bitter conflicts erupted inside the European Union (EU) this weekend over Spain’s suspension of the elected government of Catalonia after the October 1 Catalan independence referendum and the flight of deposed Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont to Brussels. As Madrid escalates its repression in Catalonia after General Fernando Alejandre threatened the region with military intervention, a historic political crisis is shaking the EU to its foundations: here.
Campaigning has begun in the Catalan regional elections scheduled for December 21. The elections are a travesty of democracy, proceeding in the shadow of the repression instigated by Spain’s Popular Party (PP) government: here.