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“There is a political crisis in Spain, not in Belgium,” says the Belgian prime minister

Ⓒ BELGA/AFP – Laurie Dieffembacq – | The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, appears before the commission of the interior of the Parliament, in Brussels, on November 8, 2017

The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, rejected on Wednesday an eventual crisis in Belgium over the presence in his country of the dismissed Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, a “judicial issue, not the government” of the Belgian coalition, which has Flemish nationalists.

“There is a political crisis in Spain, not in Belgium,” said Charles Michel before the Belgian parliament’s Interior commission, in his first speech to the deputies since the arrival of Puigdemont and four members of his dismissed government on Belgian soil on 30 September. October.

The presence of the Catalan politician in Belgium prompted statements by the ministers of the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA, nationalists) in favor of the pro-independence movement, despite the Belgian president’s call to “not add fuel to the fire”.

The Belgian justice must now resolve the request for delivery to Spain of Puigdemont and the other four dismissed counselors and, in this regard, Michel ruled out any interference in this “judicial issue, not the government.”

“I will ensure that there is no interference in the principle of independence of justice,” added the prime minister, for whom the dismissed Catalan president will be treated like any other European citizen.

The first hearing is scheduled on November 17.

Michel has been the sole European leader since the holding on 1 October of a referendum on self-determination in Catalonia, suspended by the Spanish justice system, which has called for dialogue and condemned violence, a position held by the deputies of the Interior Commission.

“A political crisis requires a political solution,” the president reiterated on Wednesday, although, in a position closer to his peers of this club of European states, he said that his interlocutor is “the Spanish government is Madrid.”

After the unilateral proclamation of independence on October 27, the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy assumed the tutelage of the autonomy of Catalonia, until the regional elections called for December 21.

Cesar also to the Catalan executive. In addition to the five members who left for Belgium, another eight are in prison in Spain accused of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement, and one last was released on bail.

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