Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said he does not see independence as the only solution to the political stand-off with Spain. At a packed press conference in Berlin on Saturday, Mr Puigdemont called for an international intervention to resolve the conflict that saw him imprisoned for almost two weeks until Friday.
“I think the country needs someone who can act as a mediator,” he said. “Today we are demanding that the Spanish government takes a new position.” He accused Madrid of having an “anti-European position” and of abusing the “right to political participation” of himself and his campaigners, many now imprisoned in Spain.
Five months after fleeing to Belgium, the 55-year-old said he would make a new base for now in the German capital until a court decides on a Spanish arrest warrant against him. Asked if independence was the only solution for the conflict between Catalonia and the Spanish government, he said: “No.”
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