Spain: Valls and Vargas Llosa condemn nationalism ahead of Catalan regional elections

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa firmly condemned nationalism while speaking at a panel of the centre-right Ciudadanos (Citizens) party in Barcelona on Saturday, ahead of upcoming Catalan regional elections on December 21. Both speakers expressed support for Ciudadanos in the elections. Catalan-born Valls said that «the future of Europe is at stake... Еще» and that «if Spain were to fracture ... the future of Europe would fracture.» Valls condemned all forms of nationalism, likening it to war and complimented EU support of the Spanish government vis-à-vis Catalan independentism. Vargas Llosa called nationalism an «anti-historical, reactionary and regressive force,» and complimented Ciudadanos as «one of the best expressions of what democracy is in the 21st century.» If Ciudadanos were to win the upcoming elections «we will have really defeated nationalism,» he added. The writer also criticised the pro-Catalan independence party CUP as «traditionalist» and «reactionary.» Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera and Ciudadanos candidate Ines Arrimadas were present at the panel. Ciudadanos strongly opposes Catalan nationalism, and has backed the central government of Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party (PP) in parliamentary votes.

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