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Catalonia: 'No room' for EU mediation

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By Euronews
Catalonia: 'No room' for EU mediation

<p>EU leaders will not step in to resolve the Catalonia crisis, European Council President Donald Tusk has told reporters at the end of day one of a two-day summit in Brussels. </p> <p>He said that it was not on the agenda and did not expect to see any wide discussion or debate on the issue. </p> <p>It’s been threatening to overshadow the gathering of the bloc’s leaders. </p> <p>“There is no hiding that the situation in Spain is concerning. But our position, I mean institutions, Member States are clear there is no room, or space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action,” said Tusk. </p> <p>Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU was watching closely, while supporting the position of the Spanish government.</p> <p>Madrid says it will suspend Catalonia’s autonomy, as the region’s leader threatens to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence.</p>