Catalan parliament approves resolution to declare independence – first reactions in the international press

The separatist majority in the Catalan parliament on Friday voted in favor of starting a constituent process that will end in the proclamation of a republic, El Pais reports.

Reactions in the International press:

Guardian: Spain imposes direct rule after Catalonia votes to declare independence

BBC: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had told senators direct rule was needed to return “law, democracy and stability” to Catalonia.

Deutsche Welle: The European Commission said later on Friday it had no comment on Catalonia after the declaration of independence. EU President Donald Tusk said on Friday that Madrid “remains our only interlocutor.”

FRANCE24: Although the Catalan declaration was a symbolic gesture – as it will not be accepted by Spain or the international community – the moves by both sides take Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades to a new level.

CNN: Catalonia declares independence from Spain as political crisis deepens