Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister of Spain, should be backed in his firm opposition to the Catalonia drive for independence German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, AFP reports.
“I can say that everything he has said in the past and which he repeats now seems very logical”, Merkel added. She also added that it was an internal matter for Spain, RIA Novosti reports.
The German chancellor has previously spoken against Catalonian independence. “We’re in favour of the territorial integrity of all states but that’s completely different to regions becoming independent and organising themselves,” Merkel said in July, as quoted by Reuters.
Rajoy branded the referendum that he intends to ban “nonsense”. The initiative “is hugely negative for people who live in Catalonia” and for all Spaniards, he emphasized at a joint news conference with Merkel in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, according to AFP.
Rajoy pointed out that further integration is the dominant global trend. “We just spoke here of banking union, of fiscal union, of creating a single European market. That is the path the world is on towards greater union and integration,” he said.
Catalonian President Artur Mas has vowed to hold a referendum on the future of the prosperous region on November 9. In a piece published in the Guardian, he argued that the ruling People’s Party was responsible for the growing “desire of the Catalonian people to put the status of their region to the test of democracy”. He added that referendum “is no elite vanity project”.