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María-Paz López | Berlin Germany
10/14/2019 1:51 PM Updated 10/14/2019 11:41 PM
The Government of Germany reacted on Monday to the sentences of the Supreme Court to the leaders of the ‘procés’, reiterating its support for the Spanish Constitution, within which it placed the ruling of the Supreme Court. This was argued this afternoon in Berlin during a routine press conference Steffen Seibert, spokesman for the coalition Executive of conservatives and social democrats of Chancellor Angela Merkel, when asked about it.
“For a long time we have dealt with this issue, and we have repeatedly expressed our conviction that the conflict in Catalonia must be addressed within the Spanish legal and constitutional order”, said Seibert on behalf of the German federal government; that is what has been done through the Supreme Court of Spain with today’s verdict”. The spokesman of Merkel thus settled the question: “On the part of the federal government, I have nothing to comment”.
Impact on the German media
On the other hand, the news of the sentences appeared already in the morning in the digital of the main German media, including ‘Die Zeit’, ‘Die Welt’, ‘Der Spiegel’, ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’, although in not much prominent places. At noon, the ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’ dedicated an analysis of his correspondent in Madrid, Thomas Urban. According to Urban, “there is little prospect that the tough sentences will pacify the region”. ‘Die Zeit’ also published shortly after noon an analysis of her collaborator in Barcelona, Julia Macher, entitled “A sentence that will further divide Spain”.
The news also appeared on television networks, including the ‘Tagesschau’ of public television ARD. To define the sentences, almost all German media used the adjectives “high”, “long” or “hard”.