Spanish riot police are aggressively suppressing a self-determination referendum on independence for Catalonia, which Madrid says “runs counter to the goals and ideals of the European Union”.
The final results from Catalonia's independence referendum show that 90 per cent of voters backed secession from Spain, the region's government has said.
The Commission has already started using French and German more often in its external communications, as a symbolic move after Britain voted to leave the EU.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has proclaimed the region's independence from Spain but says its effects will be suspended to allow for talks with the Madrid government.
Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem will continue to be the president of the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers until his term expires.
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