April 6, 2018 / 10:13 AM / 2 years ago

Catalonia needs government quickly to resolve separatism crisis, Germany says

An Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) is pictured in front of the prison in Neumuenster, Germany, April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany wants to see lawmakers in Catalonia’s regional assembly agree to form a government, since only then progress can be made on reaching a political solution to the region’s stand-off with Madrid in the aftermath of last year’s unofficial secession referendum, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday.

Government spokespeople told a regular news conference that the government had no role to play in the “judicial matter” of the possible extradition of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who was granted bail by a German court on Thursday.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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