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Luis de Guindos
I hope that (Catalan) civil servants who are highly professional ... will be conscious that any act against Catalan society will be negative.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
Catalonia has been commented on by 289 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Catalonia are: Mariano Rajoy, Gerard Pique, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría and Ada Colau. For instance, the most recent quote from Mariano Rajoy is: “The government's response is the only one possible, given the stance of the Catalan institutions. I am fulfilling my duty and I am doing it in the face of a rejection of our laws, of our Constitution and of the millions of Catalan citizens who can see that their (regional) government has flouted the law.”.
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All quotes about Catalonia

Manel Llado

We have not received the necessary guarantees to justify holding elections. We have tried to get them but we have not had a responsible response from the PP and they have chosen to increase the tension. I have run out of options. The measures under 155 are illegal and unjust and I am not prepared to accept them. No one can accuse me of not being willing to make sacrifices. It's a bit confusing. I like to think Puigdemont knows what he's doing. It's the first time I've tried to believe a politician; usually I don't trust them.feedback

Miquel Berga

A unilateral declaration of independence, although it would bring an emotional release for many supporters, would supersede those powerful images, cause them to fade, and create more uncertainties and division in Catalonia.feedback

Jaume Cortasa

Whatever arguments you present them with, they're going to continue rejecting them until they have something that suits them; until the independence-supporting parties are shut down.feedback

Xavier Font

Let's just declare independence now. The people have voted 'yes' and we are tired of so many turns.feedback

Jordi Cuminal

I don't share the decision to call an election. I am resigning as a lawmaker and a member of PdeCat (Puigdemont's Catalan Democratic Party).feedback

Martin van Vliet - ING Group

This news is positive for Spain because it looks like Puigdemont is looking for ways other than declaring independence.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

The government's response is the only one possible, given the stance of the Catalan institutions. I am fulfilling my duty and I am doing it in the face of a rejection of our laws, of our Constitution and of the millions of Catalan citizens who can see that their (regional) government has flouted the law.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

We also understand that the Spanish government is giving us no other option than to defend the civil rights and citizens' rights through the best tools that our institutions have. There is no democracy that receives the attacks that we are receiving. It is such an abnormal situation, with such great aggressiveness that is creating an unusual scenario in Europe.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

The Catalan Government has a chance to come to the senate and make the arguments that it deems appropriate and so we will hear everything President Puigdemont) has to say and I believe that at this moment it is best to say things openly and in public.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

The only dialogue I had with Mr. Puigdemont, the only thing he wanted to negotiate with me was the terms and deadlines of the independence of Catalonia. Mr. Puigdemont did not want to talk about anything else.feedback

Ada Colau

Of course sooner or later we need to have elections, to change the cycle, but to get there we need to have them along with a return to institutional normality. That means not being under the threat of an intervention using Article 155–but also being without a unilateral declaration of independence.feedback

Antonio Barroso

Puigdemont is always playing a two-level game. He's playing one game with Spain.feedback

Antonio Barroso

I think these are the two scenarios. I know they are not very clear but that's what we have right now.feedback

Antonio Barroso

They know independence right now is absolutely impossible. It's not viable because there is no support from the EU and no support from any of the major powers in the world.feedback

Antonio Barroso

Predicting is extremely hard. And there's a second-level game happening between the different elements of the pro-independence movement.feedback

Enric Hernàndez

We've got parallel story lines led by extremist representations that are filled with clichés.feedback

Antonio García Ferreras

The same ideology has been sold in every clever way possible, including on TV3's children and food shows. I think the independence movement is perhaps now a victim of its communications success, having made people really believe that independence could soon become a reality. We're now seeing a large part of the media respond in a way that is forceful but also disrespectful, building up an audience that seems happy to hear denigrating views about Catalonia.feedback

Salvador Garcia Ruiz - Ara

Some readers were unhappy, but we took this decision not only to protect our newspaper but also to stay sound and alive now. I've always known that I'm in a job with high responsibility as well as pressure, but the situation now feels surreal. We're talking about who we will have to obey or not. It might sound strange, but I always assumed that journalism was about questioning anybody giving orders, to get closer to the reality.feedback

Maria Martí Font

TV3 was a decisive element in the construction of the new Catalan identity and society that Pujol wanted, but it also became part of a powerful system of clientelism.feedback

Martí Font - El País

Money talks and it's easier to turn off the tap to change an editorial line rather than enforce censorship, as we've seen with the problems of some newspapers dealing with their debt holders.feedback

Susanna Griso

These are extreme circumstances when you're giving opinions about an issue that affects your family and those you love. From the media coverage, it often now looks as if we're already living in different states, but real life is a lot more complicated than that.feedback

Vicent Sanchis

When a government says that it will take charge of a television, I know that this is something very serious.feedback

Santi Moix

Like human skin and tattoos, the colors will continue to absorb for months to come.feedback

Santi Moix

I want to give something to the locals that they can be proud of.feedback

Pablo Casado

The calling of elections in Catalonia would not paralyze the parliamentary processing of Article 155. Secession will be avoided by restoring legality.feedback

Paul Freedman

It's a testament to strength of national sentiment that they've kept their language alive, instead of having to raise it from the dead like in Ireland or even Israel for that matter. These days, Catalan literature and magazines and culture in general are thriving despite the predominance of Spanish.feedback

Andrew Dowling

Franco began the systematic destruction of Catalan political parties, prohibited the use of their language, destroyed countless cultural institutions, and drove much of Catalan society underground. To this day, Spain has never formally apologized for doing that.feedback

Paul Freedman

To understand, you have to go back to the Middle Ages, in part because that's where Catalan people also go back to when conceiving of their history.feedback

Paul Freedman

Catalan people's sense of difference may be reinvigorated by these changes. Catalans have always seen themselves as smarter and richer. Breaking with Spain could be a way of preserving that.feedback

Rafael Catala

When the government proposes an option so extreme as Article 155 (powers to cancel Catalonia's autonomous status), it's because we believe that there has been a serious failure by Puigdemont to meet his obligations. Everything is not fixed just by calling an election.feedback

Enric Millo

These people will resign … And therefore, although they may not agree, they will not have any type of responsibility, validity, nor any type of authorization in any institutional decision. They will be left without any responsibilities.feedback

Enric Millo

The Spanish government is going to have the responsibility of taking decisions of a disciplinary nature if there is a rejection, by any functionaries, of any of the orders that they receive.feedback

Xavier Martinez

Of course we would have preferred if independence had officially been declared. But still, President Puigdemont spoke wisely. If independence had indeed been declared, we would find ourselves facing a political dead end.feedback

Rosario Cortizo

We have been waiting for this day for a very long time. It was a beautiful, very unique moment. The whole village was there to sing 'Els Segadors,' the official national anthem of Catalonia.feedback

Rafael Catala

If his appearance is within the constitution and the law we'll be delighted ... But if it's just to ratify his position on Catalonia's independence, sadly we will not be able to do anything else than continuing with the measures already set by the government.feedback

Rebecca Richards

We generally accept that we know that a state has sovereign recognition when it gains membership to the UN–it's acceptance by the international community.feedback

Rebecca Richards

Existing sovereign states are not very keen to give up their territory. And other sovereign states are not keen to recognize new states without the parent state's permission. Doing so without the parent state relinquishing its sovereign claim over that territory would not only raise serious questions about the norm of sovereignty, but it would also set what many states would see as a dangerous precedent. Who would want to start the establishment of practice that said it was OK for an external actor to take away territory and give it to someone else?feedback

Rebecca Richards

So in this way, the right of self-determination is superseded by sovereignty and territorial integrity. You can declare independence (an act of self-determination), but unless sovereign control over that territory is relinquished by the parent state, that act of self-determination is more than likely to end in something short of sovereign statehood.feedback

Rebecca Richards

Really, when we're talking about a country, we're talking about a political territory with a population, a government, and legally recognized boundaries that indicate or grant sovereignty. They are the legally determined shapes on a map.feedback

Rebecca Richards

Montevideo was written at the start of the end of empire and colonization, so it's not too much of a leap to say that it reflects the sign of the times or what was expected to come. It makes sense to have legal space for the creation of new states with the assumption that recognition will automatically come at the point of decolonization. And that is what happened for most post-colonial states that gained their independence in the 20th century.feedback

Raül Romeva

How can the European Union live with that situation [if direct rule is imposed]? Because what I can tell you is that the people and the institutions in Catalonia will not let this happen.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

They [Catalan leaders] haven't been put in the role by some divine power, they've been put in their roles by the constitution and the statute of autonomy. They're completely not in compliance with the constitution and the statute of autonomy... They may be living in some other reality but the political and legal reality is that they will be removed.feedback

Trevor Noah

I don't think we should be surprised that Trump offended this family. We've all heard him speak: We're offended every day. What do you think, a phone is going to magically transform him into Sir Phineas the Eloquent? Like, Trump's going to be talking, like, All these losers and haters! Bing bing, bong bong – bigly! Hold on, I gotta make a call. Greetings and salutations. My soul is awash in a great flood of sorrow as I reflect upon your circumstance. Where was I? Little Rocket Man!' It's not going to happen.feedback

Raül Romeva

It's not that we will refuse (orders). It is not a personal decision. It is a seven million-person decision. I have no doubt that all civil servants in Catalonia will keep following the instructions provided by the elected and legitimate institutions that we have right now in place (in Catalonia).feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

They are president of the regional government and senior figures in that government because of the constitution. They are not entrusted with that role by any divine authority.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

Our objective is to restore the law and a normal cohabitation among citizens, which has deteriorated a lot, continue with the economic recovery, which is under threat today in Catalonia, and celebrate elections in a situation of normality.feedback

Josep Bartomeu

We can't be manipulated by political interests, no one can take ownership of our shield and our flag. We know that Barcelona is more than a club, and that the Camp Nou has been a space for freedom of expression and respect. And that will continue to be the case.feedback

Jane Goodall

A lot of people said to me, don't you want to be an air hostess?feedback

Alfonso Dastis

If anyone has attempted a coup, it is the Catalan regional government. If there is a coup d'etat, this is one followed by Puigdemont and his government. What we are doing is following strictly the provision of our constitution. If you look at the rest of democracies and certainly partners in the European Union, they wouldn't accept a decision as such to be taken by a part of the country.feedback

Josep Maria Bartomeu

[Barcelona gives] absolute support for the democratic institutions of Catalonia, as chosen by its people.feedback

Guenther Oettinger - European Union

There is a civil war imaginable now in the middle of Europe. One can only hope that a thread of conversation will soon be recorded between Madrid and Barcelona.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

Self-governance will not end. It will be recovered for the sake of legality and for the coexistence of all Catalans and not just those who are pro-independence.feedback

Luis Garicano

It's never good news that things should get this far, but what is very, very good news is that there is a lot of unity among the constitutional forces, especially with the Socialists. We can't know for sure what comes next. But the worse way would have been if Mr. Rajoy had now tried to act very minimally and then still have failed.feedback

Pablo Simón

Between fiercely defending the status quo in Spain and claiming the right to self-determination, there are a lot of gray areas that have simply been left unexplored.feedback

Pablo Simón

You need mistakes on both sides to get entangled in such a difficult and undesirable situation.feedback

Frank Gill - Standard & Poor's

It remains to be seen what happens. There is clearly a lot of interest in de-escalating the situation so we don't really have a specific view on whether Article 155 is triggered or not.feedback

Frank Gill - Standard & Poor's

There is still a lot of work to be done in terms of improving the budgetary position. It (Catalonia situation) is a very fluid matter.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

We will ask the Senate, with the aim of protecting the general interest of the nation, to authorize the government . . . to dismiss the Catalan president and his government.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

A series of measures will be introduced regarding sensitive issues such as security and public order, financial management, taxation, the budget and telecommunications. We cannot accept these attacks. Those who have scorned the Catalans now want to govern us. I will ask parliament to decide how to respond to these attacks on democracy and to act accordingly.feedback

Carme Forcadell

Prime Minister Rajoy wants the parliament of Catalonia to stop being a democratic parliament, and we will not allow this to happen.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

It simply cannot be, in today's Europe, that there is a country where the law is not observed.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

It's not that difficult to reply to the question: has Catalonia declared independence? Because if it has, the government is obliged to act in one way, and if it has not, we can talk here.feedback

King Felipe

Catalonia is and will remain an essential part. Spain needs to face up to an unacceptable secession attempt on its national territory, which it will resolve using legitimate democratic institutions, respecting our constitution, adhering to the values and principles of the parliamentary democracy in which we have lived for 39 years.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

The citizens of Catalonia are ready to defend democracy through all legal means and rights. Here the response is very simple. The Spanish government will have to explain to the world how it justifies violence against peaceful protesters.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

The goal is a double one. To return to the observance of the law – because you can't have a part of the country where the law is not obeyed – and, at the same time, to bring about a return to institutional normality. The ones to blame are the ones who didn't follow the law.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

This would probably never have happened if a different person with similar ideas had been in charge. But this is what happens when you put yourself in the hands of radicals.feedback

Juan Carlos

Spain has to confront the unacceptable attempt at secession by a part of the national territory.feedback

Antonio Tajani

All too often in the past the prospect of redrawing borders has been presented as a heavenly panacea that has resulted in a hellish mess. The Catalan problem is a Spanish problem. We advocate dialogue, but it is a problem for Spain. The government will seek a solution within the Spanish constitutional framework. It is not a problem for the European Union.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

We have reached a critical point. We have tried by all means to avoid a difficult situation. But you will understand it is difficult for a country, for an EU government, to see... the rule of law being liquidated.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

Of course, they are political prisoners. They've been jailed because of their acts in front of this very building where we are sitting, where they told the people to go home in peace.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

At the end, officials like me don't matter so much. What matters is what the people want. The people here will decide.feedback

Theresa May

People should be abiding by the rule of law and uphold the Spanish constitution. I have spoken to Mariano Rajoy this morning as I did earlier this week and made clear that the United Kingdom's position is very clear. We believe that people should be abiding by the rule of law and uphold the Spanish constitution.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

The goal is double: the return to legality and the recovery of institutional normalcy.feedback

Pablo Iglesias

Applying Article 155 takes our country into unchartered territory. This is the opposite of a solution. Solutions must be consensual, they must come from dialogue. People won't think in a different way in Catalonia because 155 has been applied.feedback

Marta Rovira

The Spanish government has carried out a coup against a democratic and legal majority.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

If the [Spanish] government persists in hindering dialogue and continues with its repression, the Catalan parliament could, if it deems appropriate, proceed to vote on the formal declaration of independence, which it did not do on 10 October.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

What purpose would elections here serve when we're halfway down the road [to independence]? We're not here to hold elections again just so we can have the same mandate we've already got.feedback

Ada Colau

For many years, Barcelona has been a Mediterranean city, a global city, and thousands of people have always mobilized here for peace, for dialogue and for human rights. And that remains the case today.feedback

Ada Colau

It's a very pluralistic city and there is a lot of diversity of opinions in Barcelona. But if you compare it with people in the heart of Catalonia, it's not as pro-independence.feedback

Antonio Baños

There are people who are pro-independence in a classical way – they talk about Catalan culture, language and identity. But the success of the pro-independence movement is in the way that it has brought on board people from other identities and perspectives. It's not a nationalist movement, it's a movement about sovereignty.feedback

Oriol Bartomeus

Barcelona is a mixture of different people who speak different languages and came from different places.feedback

Ada Colau

I am a citizen of Barcelona and a municipalist – and that's the main reason that I am in the city hall not the Catalan regional government.feedback

Antonio Baños

There are people who feel Spanish but feel that the old Spanish kingdom cannot be reformed in any way. They believe that independence is the best means of solving problems, of improving their lives.feedback

Oriol Mauri

I'm not afraid of economic repercussions. Our power as consumers is perhaps the only way to influence and have our voice heard in Europe.feedback

Oriol Mauri

These banks are traitors. They need to see that it's lots of us who are angry.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

There is no hiding that the situation in Spain is concerning. But our position, I mean institutions, Member States are clear there is no room, or space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

This European Council will be marked by a message of unity, unity around our member states in the face of the crises they may experience, unity around Spain, and a very strong unity in the Brexit debate. We're all united on the interests and ambitions of negotiator Michel Barnier.feedback

Theresa May

This Council is about taking stock. It's also about looking ahead to how we can tackle the challenges that we all share across Europe. That means of course continuous cooperation, cooperation which must be at the heart of the strong future partnership that we want to build together. Of course we'll be also looking at the concrete progress we made in our exit negotiations and at setting out ambitious plans for the weeks ahead. I particularly for example want to see an urgency in reaching an agreement on citizen rights.feedback

Clara Jimenez Cruz

We are aware that there has been going on a lot of stuff on Whatsapp but we've only been able to debunk those pieces that were sent to us by our users since Whatsapp is such a private system.feedback

Clara Jimenez Cruz

We've had to be specially watchful with images depicting supposed victims of the police and the civil guard on the first of October.feedback

Clara Jimenez Cruz

With Catalonia, because of all the feelings from both sides being involved, people are willing to believe any story that favors their argument and social media consumers have been taken in by a lot of fake news from both sides. Turned out to be pictures from the past which had no relation whatsoever with the voting and also pictures of alleged right-wing demonstrators doing the Nazi salute with the Spanish flag which, many of them, were also pictures from other demonstrations.feedback

Teresa Gimenez Barbat

The Constitution can always be reformed, but we need the consensus of all the people in Spain (to do this). We are not against reform of the Constitution, but we are against the disregard of the Constitution as the Catalan Government has done in parliament over the last weeks. Disregarding the Constitution, the Catalan Constitution and law and order to realize the referendum.feedback

Teresa Gimenez Barbat

The Catalan government has hijacked the institutions in Catalonia. And the solution is to trigger Article 155 of the Constitution and to organize new elections to have new representatives with a clear transparent election that change the scenario in Catalonia and we can then initiate dialogue with everybody.feedback

Jason Horowitz

Frustrated by economic woes, upset by a migrant crisis and fed a steady diet of partisan media, many Italians subscribe to all kinds of conspiracy theories. It is what they call dietrologia, the belief that there is also always something dietro, or behind, the surface.feedback

Trevor Noah

I feel like we're taking off the black robes and we're putting on red and blue robes, and does that really serve the interests of justice?feedback

Raül Romeva

There are political prisoners today in the European Union. What is happening right now in Catalonia will have long term effects in all European countries, European societies, the European economy and foremost in the European credibility.feedback

Maurizio Sarri

This win is dedicated to them. We have shown in Catalonia that citizenship is bigger than any ideas. We hope they will be released soon.feedback

Jordi Turull

Giving in forms no part of this government's scenarios, . On Thursday, we won't give anything different than what we gave on Monday.feedback

Rafael Catala

We can talk of politicians in prison but not political prisoners. These are not political prisoners because yesterday's prison ruling was due to a (suspected) crime.feedback

Jordi Turull

From now to Thursday, the state has the opportunity to sit down and talk.feedback

Jordi Turull

We are facing an executive power in the state that uses the judiciary branch to block the legislative.feedback

Xavier García Albiol

The democratic institutions of Spain are not going to allow this coup d'état that the regional government of Catalonia is trying to carry out. It will not succeed. So we are going to use all of the resources and all of the tools that the Spanish Constitution places at the disposal of the democratic state.feedback

Alicia Cabreriza

There should not be political prisoners in a democratic country in the 21st century. This country is not democratic. I'm here to support democracy.feedback

Roberto D'Alimonte

It's not a national message to tell the rest of Italy: We want to keep more money up north. Southerners are not going to respond well.feedback

Paolo Mondini

Considering the needs of Lombardy right now, I don't understand why they went ahead with such an exorbitant expense. They talk about saving money, then spend millions.feedback

Antonio Rapisarda

In Italy, there has been a resurgence of separatist energies. From the South Tyrol to Sicily, passing through Rome, there are separatist movements throughout Italy that are rooted among some of the people who live there.feedback

Stefano Bonaccini

A referendum carried out a few months before national elections that asks voters whether they want autonomy is like asking them whether they like their mothers – because it is a legitimate and just request.feedback

Stefano Bonaccini

After the vote, they are still going to have to go to Rome and ask the government to pass a law for autonomy. It's still a complicated process.feedback

Lyn Graham-Taylor - Rabobank

We're still really struggling to work out what's the next step in Catalonia. It would seem that the nine-month tapering scenario is supporting markets.feedback

Sebastian Fellechner

The focus has been on the ECB in the last few sessions but Catalonia is centre stage today. Yields are edging higher for this reason.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

Mr Puigdemont still has the opportunity to start resolving this situation, he must answer 'yes' or 'no' to the declaration (of independence).feedback

Marco Protopapa - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

If the Catalan government chooses a hard line, we expect that Article 155 will be triggered (there are three more days for that to happen, with a final deadline set for next Thursday). While it is difficult to predict the exact contours of its implementation, we foresee that in due time a new regional election will be called in an attempt to restore the normal institutional set up.feedback

Hussein Sayed

We still don't know how this political conflict will end, but it will no doubt create downside risk to the single currency.feedback

Raül Romeva

That's the trap: they threaten to apply 155 when they're already applying it illegally. They're already intervening in our finances but they're doing it by the back door. And the presence in Catalonia of the Guardia Civil and the national police is illegal. They're saying they're defending the rules but they're the ones breaking their own rules.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

I am very concerned because the life in communities seems to be so difficult. But if you allow – and it is not up to us of course – but if Catalonia is to become independent, other people will do the same. I don't like that. I don't like to have a euro in 15 years that will be 100 different states. It is difficult enough with 17 states. With many more states it will be impossible.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

It is always better to knock on the door again than just to slam the door. That's been proved by the history already. It is always better to try a new cohabitation model than to break it apart. Those are also the European values.feedback

Elisenda Paluzie

They criticize our schools and the way we teach history. Who? Those who have political leaders who ignore the shooting of Companys.feedback

Göran Lindblad

There are always problems when a totalitarian past has not been properly managed.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

We have an unequivocal and absolute commitment to fulfill the democratic mandate from October 1.feedback

Juan Ignacio Zoido

The answer must be without any ambiguity. He must say 'yes' or 'no'. If he answers ambiguously, it means he does not want dialogue and thus the Spanish government will have to take action.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

If we allow Catalonia - and it is none of our business - to separate, others will do the same. I do not want that.feedback

Pauline Adès-Mével - Reporters Without Borders

The climate for the free exercise of journalism has been tremendously corrupted by extreme polarization in Catalan politics and society. Driven into a corner by the Spanish government's intimidatory manoeuvres, the regional government has gone too far in its attempts to impose its vision on the local, Spanish and international media. The best indicator of a healthy democracy is a free press in which journalists write what they believe and refuse to censor themselves.feedback

Antonio Barroso

The list must then be debated and approved by a specific committee, after which it will be sent to the plenary for discussion and a final vote. As Article 155 has never been implemented before, its timeframe is unclear. However, some estimates consider that the whole procedure could be wrapped up in five days.feedback

Marco Protopapa - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

It is hard to predict the intensity of the central government response with Article 155 and the law of national security. We expect a gradual approach, which might involve the trial by the constitutional court of the leaders of the Catalan government for sedition and rebellion, and the automatic suspension from their functions. Even though we continue to believe that Catalan independence remains only a remote tail risk (due to the economic damage it would involve), we expect things to remain very uncertain for a long time. Over that period of time, things may get worse before they get better.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

OK, nobody is shooting anyone in Catalonia – not yet at least. But we shouldn't understate that matter, though. I am very concerned because the life in communities seems to be so difficult. Everybody tries to find their own in their own way and they think that their identity cannot live in parallel to other people's identity.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

That would allow him [Puigdemont] to set out his thoughts, his proposals and his plans. Nothing in our constitutional framework is immutable – anything can be discussed. But it has to be done by respecting the rules of the democratic game and the rights of our citizens.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

For some time now I asked the Spanish prime minister to take initiatives so that Catalonia wouldn't run amok. A lot of things were not done.feedback

Antonio Barroso

If Puigdemont publicly shies away from independence, the CUP might decide to pull the plug from the alliance that is keeping the pro-independence movement in power. On the other hand, if he remains ambiguous or says Catalonia is independent, Rajoy will use this to justify the next steps to be taken under Article 155 of the constitution… either way there could be new regional elections.feedback

Joseph C. Sternberg

The European Union requires some sort of counterbalance, which depends on states the size of Spain.feedback

Ramon Tremosa

The suspension of the unilateral declaration of independence would buy Puigdemont time to sit down with the Spanish government and negotiate an appropriate referendum.feedback

Ignasi Guardans - European Parliament

Power is not in the Catalan Parliament but in the assemblies of Òmnium, ANC, and CUP.feedback

Luis de Guindos

We have started to see that some very large Catalan corporations are leaving Catalonia. And this is a very clear indication that the policies implemented by the regional government are insane.feedback

Luis de Guindos

Everybody regrets that kind of scenes that we saw. But I think that the real culprit of what happened on October 1st was the government of Catalonia.feedback

Antonio Barroso

It is unlikely that Puigdemont will alter his position. (Puigdemont's) first reaction has been to insist on establishing a 'bilateral dialogue' with Spain with 'no prior conditions'; backpedalling on independence would only lead to an even bigger disappointment within the secessionist camp. The list must then be debated and approved by a specific committee, after which it will be sent to the plenary for discussion and a final vote.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

There is no possible mediation between democratic law and disobedience and unlawfulness.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

On October 1st, the government of Catalonia wanted to carry out an illegal referendum. This was not an innocent, spontaneous or democratic decision. It was the last chapter in a political strategy devised to impose on Catalan society and all Spanish an independence that few want and is good for nobody.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

That's something that the many mediators who have offered themselves over recent days should bear in mind. Most of them have offered to help in good faith to find a way out of this situation. I can only thank them for their concern and their interest. But there is no possible mediation between democratic law and disobedience or illegality.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

A sincere dialogue is what the international community wants and what Catalonia expects, not confrontation and new threats.feedback

Alfonso Dastis

I can't tell you exactly what the measures are. Article 155 is... quite large. It can be fine-tuned, and that's certainly what the government will do, acting prudently as it has been.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

The cabinet has agreed this morning to formally request the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared the independence of Catalonia, regardless of the deliberate confusion created over its implementation. The answer from the Catalan president will determine future events, in the next few days.feedback

Xabier Barandiaran

The independence debate is on standby in the Basque Country, because of great fatigue after years of violence and uncertainty after the economic crisis.feedback

Albert Oliva

In order to criticize or praise police performance, it is necessary to have all the elements on the table. We can not give opinions based solely on personal positions. In any case, there are internal mechanisms within our organization that exist so that officers can express their opinions or criticisms, if any, through the chain of command.feedback

Jonathan Pritchard - Peel Hunt

Retailers are often ridiculed for blaming the weather, but it does have a profound impact on short-term trading periods. Despite the lack of chief executive, we can see investors gaining further confidence in Dunelm's recovery potential.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Investors are perhaps holding out for the latest Fed minutes this evening, for hints on policy outlook. On the other hand they may be awaiting further clarity on the Catalonia vs Madrid situation with PM Rajoy due to speak today. Or simply waiting for the first of the big US banks to report Q3 results tomorrow to give us fresh signals. The uptrend may have slowed but the bullish bias remains. Watch out for that next catalyst.feedback

Josh Mahony

A lack of any real notable economic data from Europe today means the market's attention will undoubtedly be geared towards the release of the FOMC minutes, with investors looking out for any clues as to whether a third 2017 hike will transpire. Amid a strengthening economy and a rising chance of Trump passing his tax cuts, there is reason to believe that we will see the role of monetary policy diminish amid a growing influence of government-led stimulus.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

Carles Puigdemont has pushed the autonomous region to the greatest level of uncertainty. Neither Mr. Puigdemont nor anyone else can derive conclusions from a law that does not exist, or a referendum that was never produced of the will of the Catalan people who, once again, want it to be appropriate.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

A few days ago I asked Prime Minister Rajoy to look for a solution to the problem without the use of force, to look for dialogue, because the force of argument is always better than the argument of force. Today I ask you to respect in your intentions the constitutional order and not to announce a decision that would make such a dialogue impossible.feedback

Albert Rivera

We need a president that will decide to come back to democracy, to come back to the constitution. So the main issue now is how to change the president. For me the best way is by voting, is by elections.feedback

Albert Rivera

We have to do elections in Catalonia to choose a new government because Puigdemont is going and probably we can change the government and so this is the democratic way to change the situation.feedback

Alfonso Dastis

He's doing what he's always done, going down a path that will lead to situations we don't want to see in Catalonia in terms of economic and social clashes. He says they won, presume they have the right to independence after the result of this so-called referendum, then asks (Catalan) parliament to suspend the effects of this declaration. It's a shocking way to treat their own parliament. Catalonia deciding for all of Spain is frankly impossible.feedback

Eduardo Reyes

As we have reached this historic moment, I take the responsibility as President of the Generalitat of presenting you and all of our citizens, the referendum's results and the people's mandate that Catalonia become an independent state in the form of a republic.feedback

Eduardo Reyes

We have just signed an independence declaration, the independence of the Republic of Catalonia, and therefore we are independent. We are just giving the Spanish Government the opportunity to talk about how to do it.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

After having gone so far as having pushed Catalonia to the highest level of tension in its history, President (Carles) Puigdemont has now plunged its autonomous community into an even greater level of uncertainty.feedback

Jordi Turull

We have given up absolutely nothing...We have taken a time out...which doesn't mean a step backwards, or a renunciation or anything like that.feedback

Owen Jones

Though the Catalans cannot say they are a colonised people, at stake is the basic democratic principle of national self-determination. It is difficult to dissent from the summary delivered by Barcelona’s deputy mayor, Gerardo Pisarello, of Catalonia’s political plight: “There are those who walk with a lighter in the middle of a petrol station full of fuel.” At stake is a basic democratic principle: the right to national self-determination – “the right to decide”, as the Catalan slogan has it. You do not have to support Catalan independence to support this principle – just as accepting the right to divorce does not mean endorsing a couple’s separation. Imagine one partner in a marriage expressing doubts about whether the relationship is working, and the other vetoing not only a divorce, but any discussion of such an outcome. It would not only be an affront: it would simply fuel the desire for a separation on the part of the spouse. This has been the net consequence of the Spanish government’s pigheadedness, its ruinous economic policies, its refusal to negotiate – and its brutal clampdown on civil liberties in Catalonia.feedback

Marcus Morris-Eyton - Allianz Global Investors

For the wider European economy and probably even the wider Spanish economy I don't see huge risk at the moment and you see that in the muted market reaction.feedback

Marcus Morris-Eyton - Allianz Global Investors

We are generally pretty positive on European earnings and that's one of our major bull cased for Europe.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

It is urgent to put an end to the situation that Catalonia is living. The government wants to offer certainties to Spaniards and Catalans.feedback

Maria Verges Perez

We're a little spot on the map and often we're not taken into account. But we will exercise our right to decide our future.feedback

Maria Verges Perez

That's the trap. Nobody has explained the price that independence like this would have.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I propose suspending the effects of the declaration of independence to undertake talks in the coming weeks without which it is not possible to reach an agreed solution.feedback

Luis de Guindos

This is not about independence yes or no. This is about a rebellion against the rule of law. And the rule of law is the foundation of coexistence, not only in Spain but in Europe.feedback

Peter Ceretti

All of these things are very difficult to sell at this point. What they [the Catalans] are most likely to get, if negotiation does ensue at some point in the near future, is a better fiscal settlement and perhaps some flexibility on linguistic privileges, and the recognition of the Catalan nation, but a binding referendum is a hard sell.feedback

Peter Ceretti

If there were eventually to be a negotiation with the central government … I think what the Catalans would be angling for would be some of the things that were written into their regional statute in 2006 that were then modified by the Constitutional Court.feedback

Luis de Guindos

Catalonia already has a great deal of autonomy, but we could talk about a reform of the funding system and other issues. In 2012 it was in the middle of the crisis and our focus was on avoiding a bailout of Spain … but now the situation has changed, we have more fiscal space, we have a recovery, and that opens new opportunities for discussion.feedback

Jami Matalamla

He has independence at his core. It is not something that he has improvised. It is something he knows very well. It's a part of who he is.feedback

Hans Joerg Schelling

I hope this will not flash over into a crisis for the euro and the EU, but there is a danger that extreme positions collide.feedback

Luis de Guindos

All supported the position of the Spanish government. I am sure that also Socialist and Liberal colleagues will support us.feedback

Ricardo Mourinho Felix

It's not only a problem for Portugal, but it's also an issue for the euro area and Europe as a whole. We are also concerned about the situation as devoted Europeans that believe in the European project, and it's very important to have a close monitoring.feedback

Anna Gabriel - European Council

Perhaps ... we have missed an historic opportunity. We can't suspend the effects of nothing. You say we are suspending the effects because we are going to negotiation and mediation. Negotiation and mediation with whom? With a Spanish state that continues to harass and persecute us?feedback

Eric Martinez

There is no solution through mediation with Spain. Mediation with Spain is useless.feedback

Julia Lluch

I am disappointed. I hoped for a declaration of independence and it didn't happen. Independence is our future and depends on us, young people.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

I ask you to respect in your intentions the constitutional order and not to announce a decision that would make such a dialogue impossible. Diversity should not and need not lead to conflict whose consequences would obviously be bad for the Catalans, for Spain and for the whole of Europe. Let us always look for what unites us and not for what divides us. This is what will decide the future of our continent.feedback

Laura Moreno

We're very excited, it's another historic day and we're hoping they will declare independence. The fight will go on and we'll try again ... If it doesn't happen now, it will in the future.feedback

Joan Vintró

So you say, We're not giving up, we're continuing forward, but we're appealing to the international community to act as a mediator and convince the Spanish state to agree to a referendum with legal guarantees.feedback

Jordi Balsells

I'm here because we've reached the end of our cycle with Spain. We've got nothing against them but we're carrying on down our own path now. We're more frightened by what's behind us than what's ahead.feedback

Jordi Balsells

We would have liked an agreed referendum [with Spain] but it didn't happen. It's impossible that there won't be one unless the Spanish step in. It's not even the president's decision. It's the decision of the Catalan people - and we've paid a high price in blood and beatings to vote in the referendum.feedback

Soledad Martínez

I think always the day before the war it is like this.feedback

Soledad Martínez

It's kind of a schizophrenic moment. Something big might happen.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

I'm calling on the sensible people in the Catalan government ... don't jump off the edge because you'll take the people with you. If there is a unilateral declaration of independence there will be decisions made to restore law and democracy.feedback

Carlos Gabriel

Impossible. He won't do it. By doing so he would be diving into an empty pool. These people know it's just a dream. Something very complicated. Something that will carry many negative consequences for all of us.feedback

Maria Redon

I am thrilled. I've been waiting for this all my life. We have fought a lot to see an independence Catalonia.feedback

Hans Joerg Schelling

I hope this will not flash over into a crisis for the euro and the EU. But there is a danger that extreme positions collide.feedback

Ada Colau

We cannot allow ourselves to jeopardize either social cohesion or Catalan institutions. The results of 1 October cannot be used as a guarantee for the declaration of independence. But they do represent an opportunity to open dialogue and international mediation.feedback

Luis de Guindos

It's very clear the independence of Catalonia is not going to take place.feedback

Nathalie Loiseau

If independence was to be declared the first consequence would be that Catalonia would have to leave the European Union.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

You can't in a democracy simply say to people: it's illegal for you to decide what you want your future to be. I didn't ever really take kindly to people trying to interfere in whether Scotland should become independent; it's not for me to say whether Catalonia should be independent. But there are two things I would say: firstly, the scenes we saw last Sunday of violence against people just trying to vote were absolutely unacceptable, and everybody, regardless of their views on independence, I think should condemn that.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

I believe other avenues need to be explored, other constitutional reforms that would be more inclusive and reflect this plurality of opinion. If not, the "yes" or the "no" vote really will tear society apart. A society can decide to carry out a referendum but, if it does, people need to be aware that this causes fractures, and I believe that we are begining to see elements of this in Catalan society. These demonstrations are a reflection of this division.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

Well, I think that what's been going on Catalonia for many years is like a game of chess: each player has been making the moves, anticipating the consequences and trying to avoid mistakes. A few months ago, when it became clear that the independence process was entering its final phase, it turned into an action-reaction game.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

Here we have another factor. I think it's very important because the Spanish Socialist Party doesn't know how to position itself. I think it could play a very important role as a bridge between pro-independence parties and the unionist bloc of the Popular Party and the Citizens Party, but Pedro Sánchez is not taking on this role and I think that's a mistake. In my opinion, the Socialist Party has a historical role to play in this crisis.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

Many of those who voted for independence don't really want independence. So the pro-independence parties must now act responsibly with this result. The question is what will be their next step? Will they make good use of it and give it an international dimension? Or will they make mistakes and loose what they have won?feedback

Josep Carles Rius

If Catalonia's autonomy is suspended, we can expect a reaction from a majority of people in society, both from those in favour of independence but also from those who want to defend Catalan institutions but don't aspire to full-blown independence.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

So that's the situation now. What is the problem now? The separatist movement is strong – it drew two million people to the polls – but it's not strong enough to face the Spanish state.feedback

Gustavo Gomez

Everything that has been done, in my view, is completely illegal. A politician that breaks the law today, will break the law tomorrow.feedback

Gustavo Gomez

They [my family] have kicked me out of my house. My wife has asked me to leave, my children have asked me to leave. What am I doing here?feedback

Marina Díaz Cristóbal

The risks of taking this road would be exacerbating the (pro-independence) movement.feedback

Xavier García Albiol

It's obvious that we are very worried about businesses fleeing Catalonia due to the political instability. The only thing I ask for is patience, and most importantly, that the President of the Generalitat (Puigdemont) and his colleagues urgently denounce the movement for independence in public to give the Catalan people and businesses peace and security.feedback

Raül Romeva

Obviously from that perspective we have been trying to have that dialogue to engage with the Spanish government, unfortunately we are alone at the table. So in order to have a negotiation or dialogue you need a counterpart and so far we are alone at the table and you need two to tango.feedback

Raül Romeva

For six to seven years in a row we have seen millions of people on the street. I'm not talking about governing, I'm talking about society. We have seen millions of people on the street demanding to approach, politically, that issue. I think that the people deserves, they have earned the right to be listened (to).feedback

Mary Vincent

There is no doubt that Spain is a functioning democratic state. Questions around regional representation and the nature of the state are of course not unique to Spain. Britain has had its problems, Belgium has had its problems. What happens next is quite a vexed question but, personally, I do think that the talk of Spain's democracy being fragile is widely exaggerated ... Talk of this being a return to the Civil War is simply ridiculous. I just don't see that at all.feedback

Gonzalo Garland

People feel the coup was the last moment when there was a possibility of turning back into an autocratic regime.feedback

Mary Vincent

The regional question was always the most problematic, the most likely to unravel in terms of the way in which the democratic settlement was set up.feedback

Gonzalo Garland

On the one hand, some people say, Well, that's what was needed. Others say, Well maybe it was just too much and there's no cohesion. Where's the cohesion of a country if in the end everything is so decentralized?feedback

Raul Briones

The people who have come to demonstrate don't feel Catalan so much as Spanish. We like how things have been up until now and want to go on like this.feedback

Mar Ampurdanès - Arran

But now we have a historic moment to break the Spanish regime, so we're with them.feedback

Mar Ampurdanès - Arran

Not just to pressure the Spanish government, but to pressure the main Catalan parties to accomplish what they promised.feedback

Jordi Cuixart - Òmnium Cultural

The pro-independence movement has all different social sensibilities – from left to right, including pro-liberal, socialist and communist.feedback

Eduardo Reyes Pino

The fact that we don't all agree on what kind of Catalan republic we want is not a weakness, but proof that we all want the new Catalonia to be much modern than Spain – and very, very democratic.feedback

Ada Colau

I want to stress that we have to abandon the trenches and the bellicose language that speaks of brave people' and 'defeated people. Let's give ourselves time to open a real space for unconditional dialogue and mediation. This isn't just a local cry, it's a cry that's shared in Europe and all around the world. This isn't the time for a train crash; it's the time for talking and coming up with new paths.feedback

Pablo Casado

This isn't Yugoslavia. No one needs to come and mediate anything here.feedback

Nathalie Loiseau

If there were to be a declaration of independence, it would be unilateral, and it would not be recognised. Catalonia cannot be defined by the vote organised by the independence movement just over a week ago. This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics.feedback

Pablo Iglesias

Casado says Puigdemont could end up like Companys, who was tortured and shot. He's either stupid or an irresponsible troublemaker.feedback

Aitor Esteban

People don't feel that need to act upon a grievance about money; that makes a big difference.feedback

Luis de Guindos

The exit of many companies from Catalonia is the consequence of the irrational and radical policies implemented and pursued by the (regional) government. The message is crystal clear: Catalonian independence is not going to happen.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

This situation cannot be solved by violence, we have to find a solution through dialogue, this is also true when you consider the economic oint of view.feedback

Gautam Batra - Mediolanum

There is hope in the markets that independence will not be declared and the worst case will be avoided.feedback

Peter Chatwell

Some of the uncertainty has been reduced -- the tone from Puigdemont has become more conciliatory and (Spain's Prime Minister Mariano) Rajoy has also stepped back. It is expected that Puigdemont will on Tuesday will say an independence bid in the future will be considered, which is a dramatic step back from expectation last week that a deceleration of independence is imminent.feedback

Javier Mariscal

Where is the plan? Will we be part of Europe? How? How will the economy run? How about trade? Who controls our borders?feedback

Javier Mariscal

All the corners of Spain are filled with very beautiful people, and we've had this great continuous relationship between us, with all the commercial, cultural, familial ties. Let's keep it together. We don't know how good we have it here. Let's not blow it. Spain works as a country and as an idea.feedback

Marta Gimenez

Of course I didn't vote, because the vote was declared illegal by the Constitutional Court.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

I don't rule out anything. But I must do things at the proper time… I would like the threat of an independence declaration to be withdrawn as quickly as possible. The ideal would be not to have to take drastic measures.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

I don't rule out anything that is within the law ... Ideally, we shouldn't have to take drastic solutions but for that not to happen there would have to be changes. Spain will continue being Spain.feedback

Olga Demestres

I'm really happy, very happy to see so much support. I knew it existed but to see it here with my own eyes, all together, really is very exciting.feedback

Olga Demestres

I speak to my son in Catalan because it's my language, I speak with my family in Catalan and I believe that the culture is not solely the property of the independence movement.feedback

Olga Demestres

I think that the tables are turning. I think we are beginning to see people who've not spoken out before and who've decided to take to the streets for the first time ever. I've been talking to many people who say that until now they haven't dared to go out and protest.feedback

Eduard De Vilar

This is a big, big decision, very important. So we want a legal proper referendum, not this quickie thing.feedback

Maribel Villalba

We're open individuals, citizens of the world. We just want to live peacefully. You can't put half the population against the other half.feedback

Ignasi Guardans - European Parliament

In any revolt, there are always some people who enjoy shouting and going into the street and demonstrating. And there are other people who just do not do that. And they are scared because the political and economic control of Catalonia is in the hands of the separatists, which doesn't make them the majority – it makes them the people in control.feedback

Ignasi Guardans - European Parliament

So we find ourselves attacking the referendum as a farce and a way to impose a model in an undemocratic way – it's a Venezuelan kind of putsch – but that doesn't make us supportive of Spanish police beating children in the street. That was a ridiculous thing to do, and it puts us in a very complicated position.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

There's is the possibility of eliminating this virus completely through the vaccination.feedback

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