The ousted president of Catalonia, Puigdemont, was detained by German police on the strength of a reactivated European arrest warrant. He is accused by the Spanish government and courts of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. He is in custody at the Neumünster prison
"Spanish prosecutors asked that a European arrest warrant be reissued so Puigdemon could be extradited from Copenhagen. However, Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena argued that the crafty Catalan politician had gone to Denmark 'to provoke this arrest abroad' as part of a strategy to enhance his chances of being sworn in as president of Catalonia again.
"The government has begun to adopt the necessary measures in response to . . . a series of events that is inadmissible for most people of Catalonia, stealing part of the territory that belongs to all the people of Spain"
MILLION-EURO QUESTION: WHO ON EARTH WOULD RUN FOR OFFICE IN ONE COUNTRTY AND STILL THINK HE’S FROM ANOTHER? »
Answer: The ousted president of the autonomous region of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont. Also the leaders of the Catalan pro-independence political parties who have already announced they’re running for re-election after they have unilaterally and illegally proclaimed the independence of Catalonia on Friday, 27 October 2017
Here's the appalling spectacle: a referendum that had all the makings of voting in a banana republic, and a declaration of independence that nobody knows for sure if it really was a declaration.
Neither the Catalan autonomous government nor the central government will budge an inch from their respective entrenched positions. At the rate the “trains” are going, there’s bound to be a head-on collision in the next few days.
"Whilst it is unlikely that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will do a U-turn and support the Catalan referendum, one thing is for sure: the issue of Catalonia’s independence is not going to go away anytime soon"
Prime Minister Rajoy: "I have issued instructions that any action that may be taken by the new Regional Government of Catalonia, by its Regional President, by the Regional Parliament and any other institution that may violate the Spanish Constitution and its legal system will be responded to under the rule of law"