Well, there it is, the first high-ranking EU official who is publishing his response to the Spanish use of federal state-violence against a peaceful and democratic initiative.

Ramón Luis Valcárcel is a Vice President of the European Parliament and himself Spanish citizen, which might account for his visceral contempt for the Catalonian referendum:

“Today we have witnessed a nationalistic propaganda act, undemocratic; a coup attempt against Spanish democracy, and so a coup against Europe.”

The European Commission’s President and First Vice President, Jean-Claude Juncker and Frans Timmermans, have yet to respond. Politicians and pundits alike are labelling their silence as “deafening”.

His full statement, in Spanish, can be read here. For a recap of the situation in Catalonia yesterday, see the item below.