No one took lightly the events that took place in Catalonia on October 1, but unilateral decisions, including declarations of independence from a sovereign state, are contrary to the European legal order and bound to provoke dangerous divisions. So said European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg on October 4, at end of a debate on the constitution, rule of law and fundamental rights in Spain, he said: “As the history of the European Union teaches us, in democracy, the only way forward is to work together for harmony and unity”.

According to Tajani, the parliament has called for calm and profound deliberation. This, he said, will encourage dialogue in Spain while respecting the constitutional framework, including the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia, and which will return politics to the institutions.