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Mariano Rajoy
I ask Puigdemont to act sensibly, in a balanced way, to put the interests of all citizens first. It's not that difficult to reply to the question: Has Catalonia declared independence? Because if it has, the government is obliged to act in one way, and if it has not we can talk here.feedback
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NEW Oct 18 2017
Catalonia has been commented on by 273 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Catalonia are: Mariano Rajoy, Gerard Pique, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría and Ada Colau. For instance, the most recent quote from Mariano Rajoy is: “I ask Puigdemont to act sensibly, in a balanced way, to put the interests of all citizens first. It's not that difficult to reply to the question: Has Catalonia declared independence? Because if it has, the government is obliged to act in one way, and if it has not we can talk here.”.
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All quotes about Catalonia

Roberto D'Alimonte

It's not a national message to tell the rest of Italy: We want to keep more money up north. Southerners are not going to respond well.feedback

Paolo Mondini

Considering the needs of Lombardy right now, I don't understand why they went ahead with such an exorbitant expense. They talk about saving money, then spend millions.feedback

Antonio Rapisarda

In Italy, there has been a resurgence of separatist energies. From the South Tyrol to Sicily, passing through Rome, there are separatist movements throughout Italy that are rooted among some of the people who live there.feedback

Stefano Bonaccini

A referendum carried out a few months before national elections that asks voters whether they want autonomy is like asking them whether they like their mothers – because it is a legitimate and just request.feedback

Stefano Bonaccini

After the vote, they are still going to have to go to Rome and ask the government to pass a law for autonomy. It's still a complicated process.feedback

Lyn Graham-Taylor - Rabobank

We're still really struggling to work out what's the next step in Catalonia. It would seem that the nine-month tapering scenario is supporting markets.feedback

Sebastian Fellechner

The focus has been on the ECB in the last few sessions but Catalonia is centre stage today. Yields are edging higher for this reason.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

Mr Puigdemont still has the opportunity to start resolving this situation, he must answer 'yes' or 'no' to the declaration (of independence).feedback

Marco Protopapa - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

If the Catalan government chooses a hard line, we expect that Article 155 will be triggered (there are three more days for that to happen, with a final deadline set for next Thursday). While it is difficult to predict the exact contours of its implementation, we foresee that in due time a new regional election will be called in an attempt to restore the normal institutional set up.feedback

Hussein Sayed

We still don't know how this political conflict will end, but it will no doubt create downside risk to the single currency.feedback

Raül Romeva

That's the trap: they threaten to apply 155 when they're already applying it illegally. They're already intervening in our finances but they're doing it by the back door. And the presence in Catalonia of the Guardia Civil and the national police is illegal. They're saying they're defending the rules but they're the ones breaking their own rules.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

I am very concerned because the life in communities seems to be so difficult. But if you allow – and it is not up to us of course – but if Catalonia is to become independent, other people will do the same. I don't like that. I don't like to have a euro in 15 years that will be 100 different states. It is difficult enough with 17 states. With many more states it will be impossible.feedback

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

It is always better to knock on the door again than just to slam the door. That's been proved by the history already. It is always better to try a new cohabitation model than to break it apart. Those are also the European values.feedback

Elisenda Paluzie

They criticize our schools and the way we teach history. Who? Those who have political leaders who ignore the shooting of Companys.feedback

Göran Lindblad

There are always problems when a totalitarian past has not been properly managed.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

We have an unequivocal and absolute commitment to fulfill the democratic mandate from October 1.feedback

Juan Ignacio Zoido

The answer must be without any ambiguity. He must say 'yes' or 'no'. If he answers ambiguously, it means he does not want dialogue and thus the Spanish government will have to take action.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

If we allow Catalonia - and it is none of our business - to separate, others will do the same. I do not want that.feedback

Pauline Adès-Mével - Reporters Without Borders

The climate for the free exercise of journalism has been tremendously corrupted by extreme polarization in Catalan politics and society. Driven into a corner by the Spanish government's intimidatory manoeuvres, the regional government has gone too far in its attempts to impose its vision on the local, Spanish and international media. The best indicator of a healthy democracy is a free press in which journalists write what they believe and refuse to censor themselves.feedback

Antonio Barroso

The list must then be debated and approved by a specific committee, after which it will be sent to the plenary for discussion and a final vote. As Article 155 has never been implemented before, its timeframe is unclear. However, some estimates consider that the whole procedure could be wrapped up in five days.feedback

Marco Protopapa - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

It is hard to predict the intensity of the central government response with Article 155 and the law of national security. We expect a gradual approach, which might involve the trial by the constitutional court of the leaders of the Catalan government for sedition and rebellion, and the automatic suspension from their functions. Even though we continue to believe that Catalan independence remains only a remote tail risk (due to the economic damage it would involve), we expect things to remain very uncertain for a long time. Over that period of time, things may get worse before they get better.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

OK, nobody is shooting anyone in Catalonia – not yet at least. But we shouldn't understate that matter, though. I am very concerned because the life in communities seems to be so difficult. Everybody tries to find their own in their own way and they think that their identity cannot live in parallel to other people's identity.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

That would allow him [Puigdemont] to set out his thoughts, his proposals and his plans. Nothing in our constitutional framework is immutable – anything can be discussed. But it has to be done by respecting the rules of the democratic game and the rights of our citizens.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

For some time now I asked the Spanish prime minister to take initiatives so that Catalonia wouldn't run amok. A lot of things were not done.feedback

Antonio Barroso

If Puigdemont publicly shies away from independence, the CUP might decide to pull the plug from the alliance that is keeping the pro-independence movement in power. On the other hand, if he remains ambiguous or says Catalonia is independent, Rajoy will use this to justify the next steps to be taken under Article 155 of the constitution… either way there could be new regional elections.feedback

Joseph C. Sternberg

The European Union requires some sort of counterbalance, which depends on states the size of Spain.feedback

Ramon Tremosa

The suspension of the unilateral declaration of independence would buy Puigdemont time to sit down with the Spanish government and negotiate an appropriate referendum.feedback

Ignasi Guardans - European Parliament

Power is not in the Catalan Parliament but in the assemblies of Òmnium, ANC, and CUP.feedback

Luis de Guindos

We have started to see that some very large Catalan corporations are leaving Catalonia. And this is a very clear indication that the policies implemented by the regional government are insane.feedback

Luis de Guindos

Everybody regrets that kind of scenes that we saw. But I think that the real culprit of what happened on October 1st was the government of Catalonia.feedback

Antonio Barroso

It is unlikely that Puigdemont will alter his position. (Puigdemont's) first reaction has been to insist on establishing a 'bilateral dialogue' with Spain with 'no prior conditions'; backpedalling on independence would only lead to an even bigger disappointment within the secessionist camp. The list must then be debated and approved by a specific committee, after which it will be sent to the plenary for discussion and a final vote.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

There is no possible mediation between democratic law and disobedience and unlawfulness.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

On October 1st, the government of Catalonia wanted to carry out an illegal referendum. This was not an innocent, spontaneous or democratic decision. It was the last chapter in a political strategy devised to impose on Catalan society and all Spanish an independence that few want and is good for nobody.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

That's something that the many mediators who have offered themselves over recent days should bear in mind. Most of them have offered to help in good faith to find a way out of this situation. I can only thank them for their concern and their interest. But there is no possible mediation between democratic law and disobedience or illegality.feedback

Oriol Junqueras

A sincere dialogue is what the international community wants and what Catalonia expects, not confrontation and new threats.feedback

Alfonso Dastis

I can't tell you exactly what the measures are. Article 155 is... quite large. It can be fine-tuned, and that's certainly what the government will do, acting prudently as it has been.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

The cabinet has agreed this morning to formally request the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared the independence of Catalonia, regardless of the deliberate confusion created over its implementation. The answer from the Catalan president will determine future events, in the next few days.feedback

Xabier Barandiaran

The independence debate is on standby in the Basque Country, because of great fatigue after years of violence and uncertainty after the economic crisis.feedback

Albert Oliva

In order to criticize or praise police performance, it is necessary to have all the elements on the table. We can not give opinions based solely on personal positions. In any case, there are internal mechanisms within our organization that exist so that officers can express their opinions or criticisms, if any, through the chain of command.feedback

Jonathan Pritchard - Peel Hunt

Retailers are often ridiculed for blaming the weather, but it does have a profound impact on short-term trading periods. Despite the lack of chief executive, we can see investors gaining further confidence in Dunelm's recovery potential.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

Investors are perhaps holding out for the latest Fed minutes this evening, for hints on policy outlook. On the other hand they may be awaiting further clarity on the Catalonia vs Madrid situation with PM Rajoy due to speak today. Or simply waiting for the first of the big US banks to report Q3 results tomorrow to give us fresh signals. The uptrend may have slowed but the bullish bias remains. Watch out for that next catalyst.feedback

Josh Mahony

A lack of any real notable economic data from Europe today means the market's attention will undoubtedly be geared towards the release of the FOMC minutes, with investors looking out for any clues as to whether a third 2017 hike will transpire. Amid a strengthening economy and a rising chance of Trump passing his tax cuts, there is reason to believe that we will see the role of monetary policy diminish amid a growing influence of government-led stimulus.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

Carles Puigdemont has pushed the autonomous region to the greatest level of uncertainty. Neither Mr. Puigdemont nor anyone else can derive conclusions from a law that does not exist, or a referendum that was never produced of the will of the Catalan people who, once again, want it to be appropriate.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

A few days ago I asked Prime Minister Rajoy to look for a solution to the problem without the use of force, to look for dialogue, because the force of argument is always better than the argument of force. Today I ask you to respect in your intentions the constitutional order and not to announce a decision that would make such a dialogue impossible.feedback

Albert Rivera

We need a president that will decide to come back to democracy, to come back to the constitution. So the main issue now is how to change the president. For me the best way is by voting, is by elections.feedback

Albert Rivera

We have to do elections in Catalonia to choose a new government because Puigdemont is going and probably we can change the government and so this is the democratic way to change the situation.feedback

Alfonso Dastis

He's doing what he's always done, going down a path that will lead to situations we don't want to see in Catalonia in terms of economic and social clashes. He says they won, presume they have the right to independence after the result of this so-called referendum, then asks (Catalan) parliament to suspend the effects of this declaration. It's a shocking way to treat their own parliament. Catalonia deciding for all of Spain is frankly impossible.feedback

Eduardo Reyes

As we have reached this historic moment, I take the responsibility as President of the Generalitat of presenting you and all of our citizens, the referendum's results and the people's mandate that Catalonia become an independent state in the form of a republic.feedback

Eduardo Reyes

We have just signed an independence declaration, the independence of the Republic of Catalonia, and therefore we are independent. We are just giving the Spanish Government the opportunity to talk about how to do it.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

After having gone so far as having pushed Catalonia to the highest level of tension in its history, President (Carles) Puigdemont has now plunged its autonomous community into an even greater level of uncertainty.feedback

Jordi Turull

We have given up absolutely nothing...We have taken a time out...which doesn't mean a step backwards, or a renunciation or anything like that.feedback

Owen Jones

Though the Catalans cannot say they are a colonised people, at stake is the basic democratic principle of national self-determination. It is difficult to dissent from the summary delivered by Barcelona’s deputy mayor, Gerardo Pisarello, of Catalonia’s political plight: “There are those who walk with a lighter in the middle of a petrol station full of fuel.” At stake is a basic democratic principle: the right to national self-determination – “the right to decide”, as the Catalan slogan has it. You do not have to support Catalan independence to support this principle – just as accepting the right to divorce does not mean endorsing a couple’s separation. Imagine one partner in a marriage expressing doubts about whether the relationship is working, and the other vetoing not only a divorce, but any discussion of such an outcome. It would not only be an affront: it would simply fuel the desire for a separation on the part of the spouse. This has been the net consequence of the Spanish government’s pigheadedness, its ruinous economic policies, its refusal to negotiate – and its brutal clampdown on civil liberties in Catalonia.feedback

Marcus Morris-Eyton - Allianz Global Investors

For the wider European economy and probably even the wider Spanish economy I don't see huge risk at the moment and you see that in the muted market reaction.feedback

Marcus Morris-Eyton - Allianz Global Investors

We are generally pretty positive on European earnings and that's one of our major bull cased for Europe.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

It is urgent to put an end to the situation that Catalonia is living. The government wants to offer certainties to Spaniards and Catalans.feedback

Maria Verges Perez

We're a little spot on the map and often we're not taken into account. But we will exercise our right to decide our future.feedback

Maria Verges Perez

That's the trap. Nobody has explained the price that independence like this would have.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

I propose suspending the effects of the declaration of independence to undertake talks in the coming weeks without which it is not possible to reach an agreed solution.feedback

Luis de Guindos

This is not about independence yes or no. This is about a rebellion against the rule of law. And the rule of law is the foundation of coexistence, not only in Spain but in Europe.feedback

Peter Ceretti

All of these things are very difficult to sell at this point. What they [the Catalans] are most likely to get, if negotiation does ensue at some point in the near future, is a better fiscal settlement and perhaps some flexibility on linguistic privileges, and the recognition of the Catalan nation, but a binding referendum is a hard sell.feedback

Peter Ceretti

If there were eventually to be a negotiation with the central government … I think what the Catalans would be angling for would be some of the things that were written into their regional statute in 2006 that were then modified by the Constitutional Court.feedback

Luis de Guindos

Catalonia already has a great deal of autonomy, but we could talk about a reform of the funding system and other issues. In 2012 it was in the middle of the crisis and our focus was on avoiding a bailout of Spain … but now the situation has changed, we have more fiscal space, we have a recovery, and that opens new opportunities for discussion.feedback

Jami Matalamla

He has independence at his core. It is not something that he has improvised. It is something he knows very well. It's a part of who he is.feedback

Hans Joerg Schelling

I hope this will not flash over into a crisis for the euro and the EU, but there is a danger that extreme positions collide.feedback

Luis de Guindos

All supported the position of the Spanish government. I am sure that also Socialist and Liberal colleagues will support us.feedback

Ricardo Mourinho Felix

It's not only a problem for Portugal, but it's also an issue for the euro area and Europe as a whole. We are also concerned about the situation as devoted Europeans that believe in the European project, and it's very important to have a close monitoring.feedback

Anna Gabriel - European Council

Perhaps ... we have missed an historic opportunity. We can't suspend the effects of nothing. You say we are suspending the effects because we are going to negotiation and mediation. Negotiation and mediation with whom? With a Spanish state that continues to harass and persecute us?feedback

Eric Martinez

There is no solution through mediation with Spain. Mediation with Spain is useless.feedback

Julia Lluch

I am disappointed. I hoped for a declaration of independence and it didn't happen. Independence is our future and depends on us, young people.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

I ask you to respect in your intentions the constitutional order and not to announce a decision that would make such a dialogue impossible. Diversity should not and need not lead to conflict whose consequences would obviously be bad for the Catalans, for Spain and for the whole of Europe. Let us always look for what unites us and not for what divides us. This is what will decide the future of our continent.feedback

Laura Moreno

We're very excited, it's another historic day and we're hoping they will declare independence. The fight will go on and we'll try again ... If it doesn't happen now, it will in the future.feedback

Joan Vintró

So you say, We're not giving up, we're continuing forward, but we're appealing to the international community to act as a mediator and convince the Spanish state to agree to a referendum with legal guarantees.feedback

Jordi Balsells

I'm here because we've reached the end of our cycle with Spain. We've got nothing against them but we're carrying on down our own path now. We're more frightened by what's behind us than what's ahead.feedback

Jordi Balsells

We would have liked an agreed referendum [with Spain] but it didn't happen. It's impossible that there won't be one unless the Spanish step in. It's not even the president's decision. It's the decision of the Catalan people - and we've paid a high price in blood and beatings to vote in the referendum.feedback

Soledad Martínez

I think always the day before the war it is like this.feedback

Soledad Martínez

It's kind of a schizophrenic moment. Something big might happen.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

I'm calling on the sensible people in the Catalan government ... don't jump off the edge because you'll take the people with you. If there is a unilateral declaration of independence there will be decisions made to restore law and democracy.feedback

Carlos Gabriel

Impossible. He won't do it. By doing so he would be diving into an empty pool. These people know it's just a dream. Something very complicated. Something that will carry many negative consequences for all of us.feedback

Maria Redon

I am thrilled. I've been waiting for this all my life. We have fought a lot to see an independence Catalonia.feedback

Hans Joerg Schelling

I hope this will not flash over into a crisis for the euro and the EU. But there is a danger that extreme positions collide.feedback

Ada Colau

We cannot allow ourselves to jeopardize either social cohesion or Catalan institutions. The results of 1 October cannot be used as a guarantee for the declaration of independence. But they do represent an opportunity to open dialogue and international mediation.feedback

Luis de Guindos

It's very clear the independence of Catalonia is not going to take place.feedback

Nathalie Loiseau

If independence was to be declared the first consequence would be that Catalonia would have to leave the European Union.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

You can't in a democracy simply say to people: it's illegal for you to decide what you want your future to be. I didn't ever really take kindly to people trying to interfere in whether Scotland should become independent; it's not for me to say whether Catalonia should be independent. But there are two things I would say: firstly, the scenes we saw last Sunday of violence against people just trying to vote were absolutely unacceptable, and everybody, regardless of their views on independence, I think should condemn that.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

I believe other avenues need to be explored, other constitutional reforms that would be more inclusive and reflect this plurality of opinion. If not, the "yes" or the "no" vote really will tear society apart. A society can decide to carry out a referendum but, if it does, people need to be aware that this causes fractures, and I believe that we are begining to see elements of this in Catalan society. These demonstrations are a reflection of this division.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

Well, I think that what's been going on Catalonia for many years is like a game of chess: each player has been making the moves, anticipating the consequences and trying to avoid mistakes. A few months ago, when it became clear that the independence process was entering its final phase, it turned into an action-reaction game.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

Here we have another factor. I think it's very important because the Spanish Socialist Party doesn't know how to position itself. I think it could play a very important role as a bridge between pro-independence parties and the unionist bloc of the Popular Party and the Citizens Party, but Pedro Sánchez is not taking on this role and I think that's a mistake. In my opinion, the Socialist Party has a historical role to play in this crisis.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

Many of those who voted for independence don't really want independence. So the pro-independence parties must now act responsibly with this result. The question is what will be their next step? Will they make good use of it and give it an international dimension? Or will they make mistakes and loose what they have won?feedback

Josep Carles Rius

If Catalonia's autonomy is suspended, we can expect a reaction from a majority of people in society, both from those in favour of independence but also from those who want to defend Catalan institutions but don't aspire to full-blown independence.feedback

Josep Carles Rius

So that's the situation now. What is the problem now? The separatist movement is strong – it drew two million people to the polls – but it's not strong enough to face the Spanish state.feedback

Gustavo Gomez

Everything that has been done, in my view, is completely illegal. A politician that breaks the law today, will break the law tomorrow.feedback

Gustavo Gomez

They [my family] have kicked me out of my house. My wife has asked me to leave, my children have asked me to leave. What am I doing here?feedback

Marina Díaz Cristóbal

The risks of taking this road would be exacerbating the (pro-independence) movement.feedback

Xavier García Albiol

It's obvious that we are very worried about businesses fleeing Catalonia due to the political instability. The only thing I ask for is patience, and most importantly, that the President of the Generalitat (Puigdemont) and his colleagues urgently denounce the movement for independence in public to give the Catalan people and businesses peace and security.feedback

Raül Romeva

Obviously from that perspective we have been trying to have that dialogue to engage with the Spanish government, unfortunately we are alone at the table. So in order to have a negotiation or dialogue you need a counterpart and so far we are alone at the table and you need two to tango.feedback

Raül Romeva

For six to seven years in a row we have seen millions of people on the street. I'm not talking about governing, I'm talking about society. We have seen millions of people on the street demanding to approach, politically, that issue. I think that the people deserves, they have earned the right to be listened (to).feedback

Mary Vincent

There is no doubt that Spain is a functioning democratic state. Questions around regional representation and the nature of the state are of course not unique to Spain. Britain has had its problems, Belgium has had its problems. What happens next is quite a vexed question but, personally, I do think that the talk of Spain's democracy being fragile is widely exaggerated ... Talk of this being a return to the Civil War is simply ridiculous. I just don't see that at all.feedback

Gonzalo Garland

People feel the coup was the last moment when there was a possibility of turning back into an autocratic regime.feedback

Mary Vincent

The regional question was always the most problematic, the most likely to unravel in terms of the way in which the democratic settlement was set up.feedback

Gonzalo Garland

On the one hand, some people say, Well, that's what was needed. Others say, Well maybe it was just too much and there's no cohesion. Where's the cohesion of a country if in the end everything is so decentralized?feedback

Raul Briones

The people who have come to demonstrate don't feel Catalan so much as Spanish. We like how things have been up until now and want to go on like this.feedback

Mar Ampurdanès - Arran

But now we have a historic moment to break the Spanish regime, so we're with them.feedback

Mar Ampurdanès - Arran

Not just to pressure the Spanish government, but to pressure the main Catalan parties to accomplish what they promised.feedback

Jordi Cuixart - Òmnium Cultural

The pro-independence movement has all different social sensibilities – from left to right, including pro-liberal, socialist and communist.feedback

Eduardo Reyes Pino

The fact that we don't all agree on what kind of Catalan republic we want is not a weakness, but proof that we all want the new Catalonia to be much modern than Spain – and very, very democratic.feedback

Ada Colau

I want to stress that we have to abandon the trenches and the bellicose language that speaks of brave people' and 'defeated people. Let's give ourselves time to open a real space for unconditional dialogue and mediation. This isn't just a local cry, it's a cry that's shared in Europe and all around the world. This isn't the time for a train crash; it's the time for talking and coming up with new paths.feedback

Pablo Casado

This isn't Yugoslavia. No one needs to come and mediate anything here.feedback

Nathalie Loiseau

If there were to be a declaration of independence, it would be unilateral, and it would not be recognised. Catalonia cannot be defined by the vote organised by the independence movement just over a week ago. This crisis needs to be resolved through dialogue at all levels of Spanish politics.feedback

Pablo Iglesias

Casado says Puigdemont could end up like Companys, who was tortured and shot. He's either stupid or an irresponsible troublemaker.feedback

Aitor Esteban

People don't feel that need to act upon a grievance about money; that makes a big difference.feedback

Luis de Guindos

The exit of many companies from Catalonia is the consequence of the irrational and radical policies implemented and pursued by the (regional) government. The message is crystal clear: Catalonian independence is not going to happen.feedback

Pierre Moscovici - European Union

This situation cannot be solved by violence, we have to find a solution through dialogue, this is also true when you consider the economic oint of view.feedback

Gautam Batra - Mediolanum

There is hope in the markets that independence will not be declared and the worst case will be avoided.feedback

Peter Chatwell

Some of the uncertainty has been reduced -- the tone from Puigdemont has become more conciliatory and (Spain's Prime Minister Mariano) Rajoy has also stepped back. It is expected that Puigdemont will on Tuesday will say an independence bid in the future will be considered, which is a dramatic step back from expectation last week that a deceleration of independence is imminent.feedback

Javier Mariscal

Where is the plan? Will we be part of Europe? How? How will the economy run? How about trade? Who controls our borders?feedback

Javier Mariscal

All the corners of Spain are filled with very beautiful people, and we've had this great continuous relationship between us, with all the commercial, cultural, familial ties. Let's keep it together. We don't know how good we have it here. Let's not blow it. Spain works as a country and as an idea.feedback

Marta Gimenez

Of course I didn't vote, because the vote was declared illegal by the Constitutional Court.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

I don't rule out anything. But I must do things at the proper time… I would like the threat of an independence declaration to be withdrawn as quickly as possible. The ideal would be not to have to take drastic measures.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

I don't rule out anything that is within the law ... Ideally, we shouldn't have to take drastic solutions but for that not to happen there would have to be changes. Spain will continue being Spain.feedback

Olga Demestres

I'm really happy, very happy to see so much support. I knew it existed but to see it here with my own eyes, all together, really is very exciting.feedback

Olga Demestres

I speak to my son in Catalan because it's my language, I speak with my family in Catalan and I believe that the culture is not solely the property of the independence movement.feedback

Olga Demestres

I think that the tables are turning. I think we are beginning to see people who've not spoken out before and who've decided to take to the streets for the first time ever. I've been talking to many people who say that until now they haven't dared to go out and protest.feedback

Eduard De Vilar

This is a big, big decision, very important. So we want a legal proper referendum, not this quickie thing.feedback

Maribel Villalba

We're open individuals, citizens of the world. We just want to live peacefully. You can't put half the population against the other half.feedback

Ignasi Guardans - European Parliament

In any revolt, there are always some people who enjoy shouting and going into the street and demonstrating. And there are other people who just do not do that. And they are scared because the political and economic control of Catalonia is in the hands of the separatists, which doesn't make them the majority – it makes them the people in control.feedback

Ignasi Guardans - European Parliament

So we find ourselves attacking the referendum as a farce and a way to impose a model in an undemocratic way – it's a Venezuelan kind of putsch – but that doesn't make us supportive of Spanish police beating children in the street. That was a ridiculous thing to do, and it puts us in a very complicated position.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

There's is the possibility of eliminating this virus completely through the vaccination.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

The key issue is a swift return to lawfulness and normality.feedback

Alejandro Marcos

We have perhaps been silent too long. It seems that the one who yells the most wins the argument. So we have to raise our voices and say loud and clear that we do not want independence.feedback

Juan Gil-Casares

A lot of ordinary Catalans felt under pressure. We decided to come and support our compatriots and show them that they are not alone.feedback

Álex Ramos

What we've seen today has been a social escape valve. It's been a cathartic expression, with people saying: 'Look, enough! Stop dividing us.feedback

Araceli Ponze

We feel both Catalan and Spanish. We are facing a tremendous unknown. We will see what happens this week but we have to speak out very loudly so they know what we want.feedback

Felipe Moreno

The fear is real; if you disagree with independence, you will be singled out, even though it has not yet reached the stage of physical violence.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

At the core of everything I do, what will guide me, is what's in the best interests of the people I represent as first minister, and not simply to accept the inevitability of a path that's going to [damage] jobs, and livelihoods and living standards. We really need to see dialogue replacing confrontation. A way forward has to be found that respects the rule of law – that is important – respects democracy but also respects the right of the people of Catalonia to determine their own future.feedback

Miquel Colom

Like in the anthem, we will break the chains with the sickles. These days we haven't worked much. Everyone is glued to their smartphones, sending WhatsApps.feedback

Martin Serralonga

The cows dictate a rigorous schedule. For many people with livestock, this is the first time they've come out.feedback

Jordi Prat

We are the most hard-working country there is in Spain. Here, people wake up to work, not to play the guitar.feedback

Enrico Letta

Europe needs a solution and Europe needs to avoid this chaos – chaos can be like a virus and we need to avoid chaos …We were exiting from the main political problems in Europe and now this Catalonian issue risks bringing a new virus and new chaos.feedback

Jordi Cuixart - Òmnium Cultural

There has to be a commitment to dialogue. We will never refuse that, but we ... will continue to demand a commitment that the referendum law be fulfilled.feedback

Vladimir Olivella

The longer things go on, the people are going to start to get nervous, at least in the committees.feedback

Guillermo Fernández

We don't want them to infuse us with hate, we want peace and not hate, so if they don't sit down, we will keep coming back until they sit down.feedback

Carlos Marlasca

Several people and business owners have been willing to talk to euronews, although there have also been Catalans that, if not hiding, have at least wanted to avoid revealing their origins for fear of possible consequences.feedback

Gerard Pique

In the Franco era, we couldn't defend our ideas. It has been a tough day. There were families, children and grandparents, and the police and Guardia Civil have intervened. The people protested without violence. I thought they would try to stop the vote in a peaceful way. Everyone has seen what happened. They've made things worse. This is among the worst decisions in the last 50 years. They've separated Catalonia from Spain even more and there will be consequences.feedback

Rosa Borras

I've come because I feel very Spanish and makes me very sad what's happened. I wanted to be here for unity, because I also feel very Catalan. My family lives in Catalonia.feedback

Lola García

I'm against independence, and up until now people have accepted my opinion with respect. But now, depending on who I'm speaking to, I'm a bit more careful.feedback

Ruth Nieto

I feel included. Catalonia has shown that it is a multicultural, multilingual and democratic society.feedback

Rose Kowalski

In Girona, it's almost impossible to discuss the manner in which the Catalan government is pushing secession through. Any examination of the arguments or motives is regarded as taking a position against.feedback

Álex Ramos

The nationalism here is ethnic, not civic; it's linguistic, cultural, tribal, sentimental and romantic. It's not like the French revolution, demanding equality and liberty for all. Deep down these nationalists think they're different from others and, ultimately, better than them. This is a revolution of the powerful, of Catalonia's wealthiest classes, not the oppressed. It's a selfish revolution. They mobilise, telling the world how hard done by they are, and then dismiss anyone who disagrees as a fascist.feedback

Álex Ramos

A referendum is the problem, not the solution. I think it's better to come to a negotiated agreement and then have a referendum to ratify it than to pit one side against the other. A referendum is socially divisive.feedback

Ada Colau

We mustn't resign ourselves to polarisation, bellicose language and the competitive logic that only seeks the defeat of the adversary.feedback

Rose Kowalski

Not having a vote makes it difficult to be part of the discussion, but standing by and seeing both sides make huge mistakes is becoming less of an option. What I can't bear is the slogans saying 'We vote to be free'. I find it absolutely insulting to claim that we're not free at the moment. Look at Turkey, look at Myanmar, look at Catalonia's own history under Franco – that's a denial of freedom.feedback

María Araya

I feel totally excluded from the discussion, both at state and local level. As foreigners don't get to vote, no one cares what we think.feedback

Jose Manuel Garcia

This is producing a social rupture in Catalonia and this has to be resolved through dialogue, never via unilateralism. I'm very worried. This will end badly and everyone will lose (without dialogue).feedback

Luis Mansilla

They say we are foreigners, or an occupational force, that we came to take something from them. They hate us.feedback

Luis Mansilla

There is a tension under the calm surface. Nobody knows what is going to happen.feedback

Carme Adzerias

The police is the same as the time of Franco, only they had horses back then.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

In Catalonia and the former East Germany, the shadow of 20th-century traumas still falls on EU citizens, and blights the future of Europe. History is back in Europe. The Catalan referendum and the German election illustrate this spectacularly. The scale of the far-right vote in what was once East Germany and Catalonia’s apparent march towards independence may look like they happened on separate planets – to be sure, they are fuelled by different political beliefs – but they both have to do with pent-up frustrations. Citizens who feel that they have been insulted have gone to the ballot box, and in some cases taken to the streets, to protest. In both situations there is a vivid historical backdrop, with memories of Europe’s 20th-century nightmares playing an important role: in Catalonia, the fight against fascism and Franco; in the east of Germany, the experiences of Nazism and Soviet communism.feedback

Luis de Guindos

It is very sad what we are seeing, the departure of very important companies in Catalonia. This is not the companies' fault. This is the fault of an irresponsible policy. This government will always do the best to favour everything that allows economic prosperity in Catalonia, which allows companies to grow and to generate employment.feedback

Enric Millo

When I see these images, and more so when I know people have been hit, pushed and even one person who hospitalised, I can't help but regret it and apologise on behalf of the officers that intervened.feedback

Raül Romeva

Every threat, every menace, using the police, using ... the Constitutional Court has been useless in trying to (get) people from step back away from their legitimate rights.feedback

Luis de Guindos

I'm convinced that, right now, not one international or national investor will take part in a new investment project until this is cleared up.feedback

Fernando Sanchez Costa

So it is legitimate to defend independence, but what is not normal, what is not good, is to break everything – the rule of law, constitution.feedback

Fernando Sanchez Costa

The Catalan high-class and middle-class have played to a revolution. And now they are discovering that revolution is not a joke. We have been telling them for years 'Please keep calm.feedback

Fernando Sanchez Costa

That is not a scenario we want and we will work to avoid it. We know that it was not very good what happened last Sunday. The Spanish government had been five years very cautious with the Catalan situation but okay after five years they broke everything (and forced Madrid into a reaction).feedback

Claus Vistesen - Pantheon Macroeconomics

It's certain that the Five Star Movement (Italy's populist party) will do very well in the upcoming election.feedback

Guenther Oettinger - European Union

The situation is very, very disturbing. A civil war is planned in the middle of Europe. One can only hope that a conversation will be made between Madrid and Barcelona soon.feedback

Raül Romeva

(P)arliament will discuss. Parliament will meet. It will be a debate, and this is important.feedback

Willem Buiter

The Europe of regions is making a comeback. Too many countries in the European Union have secessionist problems, including the U.K., Belgium and Italy and this is not a unique problem.feedback

Carme Forcadell

It puts freedom of expression and the right of initiative of members of parliament at risk. And it demonstrates, once again, that the courts are being used to resolve political problems.feedback

Manfred Weber

A new euro crisis also cannot be excluded if the Catalonian regional government continues to escalate the conflict.feedback

Angel Talavera - Oxford Economics

Money doesn't like uncertainty. As long as this situation is so confusing and no one really knows what's going to happen, money is going to start leaving Spain. Money moves fast.feedback

Nicola Borri

In the sovereign bond market, the only guarantee is that someone should trust the state that issued the debt. Say Spain breaks up. Who is responsible for this debt? Are they going to split it between Catalonia and the rest of Spain?feedback

Nicola Borri

There is a lot of uncertainty right now. Markets are worried.feedback

Carlos Buesa

We have just gotten through a major crisis. What is happening now gives me a sense of sadness and incredulity. If this political conflict over the Catalan identity continues, the Catalan economy will be impoverished. We are at risk of being caught in a situation of legal limbo following a possible unilateral declaration of independence.feedback

Miguel Otero Iglesias

Investors saw the ears of the wolf. If people are willing to put children in front of riot police, they might as well be claiming independence. That's when rational business calculation starts to flounder.feedback

David Riley - BlueBay Asset Management

Today's U.S. employment report confirms that Janet Yellen's likely penultimate FOMC meeting as Chair in December will mark the third Fed rate hike this year. If falling unemployment is at last fuelling meaningful wage inflation - and it is important to acknowledge that it is the first notable upward wage surprise for several months – market expectations of the path of Fed rates for 2018 will also have to move higher.feedback

Debbie VanHoosen

I didn't understand how Catalonia was separate from Spain, much less Barcelona. I thought it was like the state of Texas talking about seceding from the U.S. We were oblivious Americans – oblivious to the rest of the world.feedback

Raül Romeva

The crisis is already on the table. We've had a crisis for a long time; we've been demanding negotiations for a long time; people have demonstrated peacefully for a long time simply demanding the right to be listened to; and we've been demanding the Spanish government do politics for a long time.feedback

Raül Romeva

We will keep going. I think it's important that we start to understand this is about politics; this is not about legality. There is nothing illegal about voting.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

Is there a solution? Yes, there is. And the best one would be a return to legality and the swiftest possible confirmation that there won't be a unilateral independence declaration, because that way still greater harm could be avoided.feedback

Victor Serrano

Not knowing the future of Catalonia – whether it is inside or outside Spain- makes entrepreneurs think about their companies.feedback

Luis de Guindos

This is a clear indication of how insane the regional government of Catalonia is.feedback

Josep Maria Bartomeu

These last few days, Catalonia has been going through one of the most transcendental periods in its recent history.feedback

Luis de Guindos

The Catalan banks are Spanish and European banks, they are solid and their clients have nothing to be worried about.feedback

Frans Timmermans - European Commission

Violence does not solve anything in politics ... However, it is of course a duty for any government to uphold the rule of law and this sometimes does require the proportionate use of force. That is why the Commission has called on all relevant actors to now move quickly from confrontation to dialogue. All lines of communication must stay open. It's time to talk. To find a way out of the impasse, working within the constitutional order of Spain.feedback

Diana Abrahams - Akzo Nobel

From a business perspective we are best served by a stable environment and will adapt when necessary.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

So many people are now saying 'I wasn't for that but if that's the democratic quality of the Spanish government then maybe we'd be better to leave.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

Of course, it coincides with the economic crisis so many people say that's the reason, because the Catalans don't want to give away their money.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

Every year since then there has been one or one-and-a-half million people taking to the streets on the 11 September (Catalonia's national day).feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

Before 2010 there was not many people favouring independence – it's only been since then that it's happened.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

There is also this idea that Spanish is being discriminated – but everyone speaks it in Catalonia.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

That's a misrepresentation and it forgets what happened, which was the constitutional court watered down the Catalan statue.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

I would say that this is one of the main reasons why pro-independence feelings are up again now. The statute was looking to solve the region's economic and language grievances.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

There seems to be an obsession with unity in Spain, which is fine, but there is a confusion between unity and uniformity. Some people see other languages as a threat to unity. During Franco it was like this, although that's not to say I'm making a comparison.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

Now, many Catalans who weren't for independence and didn't think there should be a referendum are seeing how Madrid is seizing the Catalan finances and police; they are seeing how the Spanish public prosecutor is summoning all the Catalan mayors; they are seeing print presses raided and senior officials detained.feedback

Mireia Borrell-Porta

There is this idea that everything that isn't considered Spanish is a threat to unity. So as a consequence the Catalan language is not well regarded.feedback

George Pell

It comes at a time when the world is uncertain about its values, its leadership and its safety. I just hope that my receiving this huge honor will, even in a small way, encourage the forces for good will and peace at this time.feedback

Angel Muñoz

Now with this thing happening in Catalonia, perhaps they feel a bit prouder to show the flag.feedback

Antoine Bouvet - Mizuho Securities

The (auction) result was very good, given that we really didn't know what to expect. But I think in the short term, we are at the mercy of political events. So while this is a good sign for Spanish bonds, there is still some uncertainty ahead.feedback

Raj Badiani - IHS

It's the same problem as with Brexit. International companies don't know what sort of access they will have. The uncertainty about market access will weigh down on business confidence and investment intentions. The risk of Catalan independence and the strong likelihood that it would have to apply for European Union membership is a headache, with many companies based in Catalonia fearing the potential loss of free-market access to the rest of Spain and the EU region.feedback

Sebastian Fellechner

I expect the auction results to be weak given the conflict over Catalonia. Catalonia concerns are likely to take centre stage.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

He (Puigdemont) is a leader with no legality, who is against the institutions, against Europe, against the majority of Catalans who saw and received the King's message as a relief in the face of a lot of uncertainty and turmoil.feedback

Tomoaki Shishido - Nomura Securities

Because U.S. economic data for August to October is likely to be disrupted by hurricanes, markets may show a much smaller response to them. In that regard, the market will be focusing more on policy issues, such as tax cuts and the choice of the next Fed chair.feedback

King Felipe

Today, Catalan society is fractures and confronted. Without that respect, no democratic co-existence is possible in peace and liberty; neither in Catalonia, nor the rest of Spain, nor anywhere in the world.feedback

Peter Szijjarto

We consider this whole issue as a domestic issue of Spain and we would like to avoid any commentary or any kind of interference into the domestic issues of Spain because what we understand so far is that we've been the victims many times of external interference… so we'd rather leave it to the Spanish to deal with it.feedback

Enrico Letta

Formally and legally, what happened in the referendum is out of the rule of law but it's necessary to have a political solution and dialogue… It's time for national authorities and government to move and find a peaceful solution.feedback

Franz Buscha

The Catalonia referendum has deepened cracks in the EU's plan for greater integration, driving debate around identity across the continent. Among the policies implemented in the earlier days of the EU was the adoption of the euro, intended to provide a common currency and link the European nations together. However, according to our latest research, the introduction of the single currency has not created a European identity and a sense of unity in the EU.feedback

Franz Buscha

In spite of these high expectations, the euro does not appear to have been a major factor in building a common European identity over the last 15 years; it can be argued that either the build-up of a shared European identity takes place on a much longer time scale (if at all), or that other institutional innovations are needed to create this 'shared' identity.feedback

Monica Ventinc

What happened on Oct. 1 has fired up independence feeling that will never die.feedback

Irene Montero

I would have hoped that he would have defended civil rights and the need for dialogue.feedback

Gerard Pique

Spain has a history that goes back I-don't-know-how-many years, and there is a part that wants to go. That's way more important than what I think.feedback

Gerard Pique

There are lots of people who want me to stay. If you talk, you can reach an understanding. I am sure that if I sat down with them all, it would be different. There are people in Spain whose positions are very diverse and if you talk, you can find a solution. I'd like people to listen and think: 'what he says is reasonable'. And the Sergio Ramos thing is a myth. I've said it 15,000 times: we get on fantastically well. In fact we're going to go into business together.feedback

Gerard Pique

No. And I would take it even further than that – and this is not the case with me – I would say that even a supporter of independence could play for Spain. There is no other national team and they're not against Spain. Spain is a country that's the hostia [the business] and the people are de puta madre [bloody brilliant], so why not play for Spain? I repeat: it's not the case with me. But why not? We reduce it to sentiment, but we're here to help Spain win.feedback

Gerard Pique

That's the $1m question. I can't give an answer on that. I can't back one side or the other: I would lose half of my supporters.feedback

Gerard Pique

I imagine it would be a process of three or four years, like Brexit. I'll be 33, so I haven't really thought about it.feedback

Gerard Pique

Politics is a drag, but why shouldn't I express myself? I understand those players who don't want to say anything. We're footballers but we're people too. Why can a journalist or a mechanic express themselves but not a footballer?feedback

Gerard Pique

I don't want to leave out the back door. From the age of 15 I have considered this a family: that's one of the reasons I'm here. My commitment to the national team is maximum. I feel very proud to be here. I have thought about [leaving] and I think the best thing is to stay. Going would mean that those people have won, those who think the best solution is to whistle and insult. I'm not going to give them that satisfaction.feedback

Gerard Pique

Spain and Catalonia are like a father and his 18-year-old son who wants to leave home. Catalonia feels like it is treated in a way that's not ideal. Spain – and I mean the government here, not the country – is like the dad and has two options: sit down and talk about it or the son leaves. It's all radicalised now [but] I'm sure that if we talk we can reach an understanding. This is a political problem that's very serious and there needs to be dialogue or it's going to get worse. With dialogue you can achieve anything.feedback

Benjie Creelan-Sandford - Jefferies

Throughout this year the Spanish economy has been continuing to do extremely well, and the banks have been big beneficiaries of that. The move that we have seen today in banks' CDS is very small in the context of where we have seen CDS historically.feedback

Benjie Creelan-Sandford - Jefferies

CDS are going up because of perceptions of risk, so that would have implications for cost of equity from an equity investor's point of view as well.feedback

Josep Maria Bartomeu

If we discuss the subject intensely then obviously we will find the best solution. But if this [independence] happens, the board of directors will see.feedback

Josep Maria Bartomeu

This situation does not exist so far. But with regards to things that can happen in the future, it is something that the board of directors would discuss. It would be something to analyse calmly.feedback

King Felipe

Today Catalan society is divided and broken apart. Thanks to their irresponsible behaviour, those [Catalan] authorities have put the social identity of Catalonia and all Spain at risk. They have shown contempt for the affection and feelings of solidarity which have united and will unite all Spaniards.feedback

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría

I've seen how President [Carles] Puigdemont has flooded the streets with his followers to stop people obeying the law and to make them disrespect justice. We are here to defend the rights and liberties of all Spaniards that have been trampled upon by the regional government.feedback

Thiago Alcantara

Pique's already played at the Santiago Bernabeu [Barcelona rival Real Madrid's stadium] many times. He's used to hostile environments. He has the same attitude as always.feedback

Thiago Alcantara

[This situation] saddens us because we come here to talk about football, I'm not here to talk about the life of anybody. It saddens me not to be able to be comfortable and talk about Albania [whom Spain plays on Friday].feedback

Katy Collin

It's a constitutional crisis. That they're going to potentially strip the regional government of its authority and govern Catalonia from Madrid. … I don't see it going in the direction of conflict resolution.feedback

Carlos Flores Juberías

The Catalan government does not have the possibility to effectively run the territory as an independent state–they cannot control the airports, they cannot control the highways, they cannot control the budget, and so on.feedback

Katy Collin

As unlikely as it as that Catalonia could get concessions from Madrid that it's looking for–or that it did look for in 2012 and 2010 and 2006–it's better to negotiate, which is what the Kurds are doing in Iraq. But the Catalans have said the opposite, that 'We tried to negotiate and got shut down and now we're going to declare our independence.feedback

Ian Bremmer - Eurasia Group

Momentum is now solidly with the Catalan movement … There's room for negotiation going forward. The Mayor of Barcelona has herself been opposed to independence but is strongly pro-referendum; Following the weekend's clashes the Catalan government is likely to declare 'independence,' but the reality is that she's now more empowered to negotiate for more regional autonomy. The Basque region in Spain presently has more rights of autonomy than Catalonia, so there's precedent for an outcome that can satisfy both sides.feedback

Ada Colau

What we need is a democratic response. And we need a political solution. And we need an inclusive solution that listens to the cries of millions of people. I think that in order to form a political solution, the first thing would be the resignation of Mariano Rajoy. And the international community, and specifically the European Union, must help us to create conditions for a political solution, for mediation.feedback

Yukio Ishizuki - Daiwa Securities Group

The impact on the euro from the Catalonia vote is likely to fade. Other euro zone markets, like those in Germany, have taken the vote in their stride. Wanting independence and actually achieving it are also two different matters.feedback

Gerard Pique

Today was my worst experience as a professional. It was a tough day. I am and I feel Catalan, and I've never felt prouder of the people of Catalonia.feedback

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