Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement on Friday (27 October) on the situation in Catalonia:
The fact remains that only talks based on the rule of law and within the framework of the Spanish Constitution can bring about a solution. That is why we will not recognise Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence. A strong, united and stable Spain is important to us. Particularly now, when the countries on Europe’s doorstep are experiencing unrest and conflict, Europe must present a strong, united front. Drawing new borders and building new walls in Europe is not in the interest of Europe’s citizens.