Turkish media, EU on Catalan and Brexit

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Turkish media, EU on Catalan and Brexit
« on: October 20, 2017, 08:05:29 PM »
We back the position of the Spanish government," Merkel said as she arrived for the summit.
"We hope there are solutions found on the basis of the Spanish constitution."
France has been outspoken in its support of the Madrid government during the crisis, Spain's worst in decades, triggered by Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont holding a banned referendum on splitting from Spain.
Macron recently charged that the separatists were motivated in part by “economic selfishness.”
The French president told reporters in Brussels he expected the 28 EU leaders to voice solid support for Madrid.
"This European Council will be marked by a message of unity -- unity with our member states facing crises, unity with Spain and very strong unity in discussions about Brexit," he said

Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, said on Oct. 19 the Catalan crisis was Spain’s internal affair but slammed what he called Western double standards over separatist movements.
“Russia’s position is known here. All that is happening is Spain’s internal business and must be resolved within Spanish law and on the basis of democratic traditions,” Putin said at a meeting in the Black Sea city of Sochi.
However, he said the crisis exposed Western hypocrisy in backing some separatists while opposing others.

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