Gianni Pittella, the president of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament met with Enrique Barón Crespo, former president of the S&D Group and the European Parliament, to discuss the events unfolding in Catalonia.

“We make this call because dialogue is always useful when it occurs in the framework of the rule of law and legality,” said Pittella. “Today, the socialist leader in Spain, Pedro Sánchez, has taken a big step by requesting the reform of the Constitution, always respecting the law and the rules. Things cannot be changed through an illegal referendum. What did it achieve? Only damage. Damage to citizens, damage to Spain and also damage to Europe.

“A strong Spain in an ever more united Europe; this is our call, and this is our task,” he added.

In turn, Crespo said he welcomes the important step taken based on a broad agreement between the government and the Socialist Party to start the reform of the Constitution.

“From the European point of view, I also welcome the fact that the united Europe we are building is a framework in which mutual inter-dependency, consciously constructed on our common values, with a common citizenship and a single currency has allowed for the European Union to express its solidarity, its concern and its encouragement,” he said.