Spain: King of Spain blasts Catalan 'attempt of secession,' calls for unity and responsibility

King Felipe VI of Spain monarch called the Catalan independence movement an «unacceptable attempt of secession of one part of its (Spain's) national territory, «speaking at the Princesa de Asturias awards ceremony in the northern Spain city of Oviedo, on Friday. The themes of «democracy,» «unity» and «loyalty» were recurrent in the King's speech. He announced that Spain would resolve the crisis... Еще through «its legitimate democratic institutions,» citing Spain's constitution and its 39 years of parliamentary democracy. Felipe VI firmly stated that Catalonia «is and will be an essential part» of XXI century Spain, warned against «breaking democratic coexistence,» and emphasized the need for «responsibility.» The King also lauded the European Union, a «reference for Spain in the origin and consolidation of our democracy.» He then underlined the loyalty of the Asturias region, where the ceremony was taking place. The heads of European Parliament, European Commission and European Council were among the audience, signalling a firm EU support to Spanish unity in front of the Catalan crisis.

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