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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:41

EU backs Spain in Catalonia independence challenge

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Spain's economy minister Luis de Guindos said on Tuesday that Madrid has the full support of the European Union in its response to the independence crisis in Catalonia. One of Spain's most respected politicians internationally, de Guindos slammed the independence call as a "rebellion against the rule of law", just ahead of a key speech by Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont. "What I can say is that everyone has supported the position of the Spanish government," said De Guindos, as he arrived at a meeting with his EU counterparts after breakfast talks with ministers from the European People's Party, the bloc's right-of-centre political grouping.

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