Catalan separatists want to create symbolic institutions in Brussels

Catalan separatists want to create symbolic institutions-in-exile under the leadership of Carles Puigdemont, the ousted premier who fled to Belgium to avoid a rebellion probe after Madrid moved against a unilateral declaration of independence passed by the regional parliament last October, El Pais reports.

After Puigdemont failed in his bid to get remotely reinstated following the Catalan elections of December 21, which gave a majority to separatist parties, the latter are now offering him a symbolic position as head of a Council of the Republic and an Assembly of Representatives of the Republic, both to be based in Brussels.