> Madrid has said any such declaration by the autonomous region would be illegal, and it would likely have prompted a crackdown.
But there was applause nonetheless for this cautious approach. There were fears an outright declaration would close the door to a negotiated solution, and plunge Spain into the unknown.>>
Watered-down as it was, Puigdemont's proclamation could make talks more difficult. Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy has said that he won't talk to Catalan leaders until they drop their independence plans. Tensions boiled over when the Spanish police used force to try to block Catalonia's independence referendum on October the 1st.
The burnt vote went ahead and government of Spain's wealthiest region says 90% voted for independence but turnout was only 43%. Fearing conflict, EU leaders climbed off the fence Tuesday.>> I ask you->> European Council President Donald Tusk urging Puigdemont to abandon his plans for unilateral declaration.