December 22, 2017 / 10:56 AM / in a year

Germany calls for reconciliation, respect for constitution in Spain

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany called for reconciliation and respect for the constitution in Spain after separatists triumphed in Catalan regional elections on Thursday in a result that threatens to prolong political tensions there.

“We hope that the current division in Catalan society can be overcome and that a common future can be found with all political forces in Spain,” government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told a regular government news conference on Friday.

“Any government will have to act on the basis of the rule of law and the Spanish constitution,” she added.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt, editing by Michelle Martin

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