The Minister of External Action of the Generalitat Catalonia, Ernest Maragall, said today that the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, "is beginning to want to ban Europe" after the diplomatic conflict with the Belgian region of Flanders and the cessation of the honorary consul Greek.
"(Borrell) tries not to exist (Europe) in the sense of natural democratic reactions, common sense, before situations of affectation to civil rights and democratic freedoms (…). It wants to reduce Europe to a sum of States that they protect each other, "Maragall told reporters.
The regional councilor pointed out that the Spanish government has "an obsession to reiterate that attitude of shooting against everything that moves out of the position that the Spanish state wants" and "to punish and penalize any expression of opinion of diversity or protection with the freedom of expression in Catalonia ".
The councilor, who had a meeting with the minister-president of Flanders, Geert Bourgeois, after the democratic conflict between Belgium and Spain, said however that he is not "worried" because he does not believe that Borrell's strategy "is successful".
The relationship between Catalonia and Flanders, he said, is one of "cordiality and content" and both regions will present at the beginning of next year, he said, a new project updated on mutual cooperation.
Maragall pointed out that in Flanders, the Flemish region of northern Belgium, they are "more surprised than anything else" and that he has agreed with Bourgeois that "the situation is very absurd".
According to the counselor, "there is an explicit coincidence in expressing the rejection of the type of political action by Spain that wants to interfere in the parliamentary political life of another State."
On the other hand, he said he will "study" the fact that the ex-councilor Lluís Puig could not presumably participate in the opening of an exhibition in Brussels at the Free University of Brussels at the request of the embassy and, if necessary, decide whether to file an complaint to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Minister of External Action of the Generalitat said that he took the opportunity to meet in the EU capital with MEPs from different groups, as well as with the president of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz.