Self-determination is legal under international law – it’s hypocritical to argue otherwise for Catalonia


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One of the main arguments against Catalonia’s claim to independence is that it is illegal under the Spanish constitution. The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, described the declaration of independence as “a criminal act because it is intended to declare something that isn’t possible – Catalan independence”.

International opposition to the move has also centred on the constitution. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, declared: “We hope there are solutions found on the basis of the Spanish constitution,” while NATO’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said the issue “must be resolved within Spain’s constitutional order”.

Aidan Hehir

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