October 2, 2017 / 10:01 AM / a year ago

Germany on Catalonia independence vote: Separatism doesn't solve problems

    BERLIN, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Germany's deputy foreign minister
said on Monday that developments in Catalonia were "worrying"
and separatism was not the answer after a violence-marred
independence vote was held in the northeastern Spanish region on
    "Separatism doesn't solve any problems," said German Deputy
Foreign Minister Michael Roth. "All EU members should respect
and strictly adhere to the principles and rules of the rule of
law and democracy."
    Roth also said political conflicts in the European Union
should be solved via dialogue rather than with violence on the
    "Both sides need to say they are prepared to do this," he
said after a violent police crackdown on the independence vote.
    A German government spokesman on Monday denied Spanish media
reports that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had spoken to
Chancellor Angela Merkel by telephone on Sunday.

 (Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Michelle Martin;
Editing by Andrea Shalal)
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