Article published at Catalan News Agency, 11th September 2016
Photo: Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel García-Margallo
Barcelona (CNA).- “A crisis can end, a terrorist attack can be overcome, but Spain’s dissolution is irreversible”, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Manuel García Margallo, stated this Saturday. At a meeting of the governing People’s Party (PP) in the North of Spain, Margallo assured that Catalonia’s pro-independence process is “the most important defiance” that the Spanish Government has faced so far. He also warned that an independent Catalonia would lose “a third” of its wealth. Margallo also insisted that if Catalonia became an independent country it wouldn’t be part of the EU since it wouldn’t be recognised by any international treaty, which would lead to a situation of isolation and poverty”, he added.
Margallo said that he considered Catalonia’s pro-independence process “an internal defiance” which the Spanish Government has to fight with “one hand tied behind its back”.
Regarding the possibility of Catalonia becoming an independent country, he insisted that it would be banned from the EU. The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs also predicted that Catalonia would be much poorer, would have a higher unemployment rate and would have “less social benefits and a worse health system”.