The Guardian: Catalan referendum: muted response from EU leaders over police crackdown
Belgian PM one of few national leaders to denounce violence, as most EU leaders appear reluctant to respond formally
Despite calls from Catalan authorities to condemn the brutal police crackdown on their independence referendum, the EU and most member states were reluctant to respond formally, seemingly viewing the dispute as an internal Spanish matter.
Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, was among the few national leaders to denounce the violence, which the Catalan government said had left 465 people injured as police forcibly removed voters from polling stations and on one occasion fired rubber bullets.
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WNU Editor: What can I say …. when it is one of their own most EU leaders will circle the wagons.