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Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont's Denmark visit a 'provocation'

Catalonia crisis: Puigdemont's Denmark visit a 'provocation'

Echoing remarks he made Monday, Rajoy said Madrid would maintain its direct control over Catalonia and will take the matter to court if Puigdemont sought remote rule.

"Soon we will form a new government ..."

It came nearly three months after he was removed from office and fled to Belgium following Catalonia's declaration of independence.

Torrent said he is conscious of Puigdemont's absolute legitimacy to be candidate.

In his address at the University of Copenhagen, he said that the European Union showed "failures" in the face of crises both inside and outside its borders.

Spain's Supreme Court on Monday rejected the state prosecutor's request to reactivate a European arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont - the exiled former Catalan president and now the sole candidate nominated to become the region's new leader.

Catalan newspaper Ara had cited Spanish court sources as saying the Spanish prosecutor believed Denmark would be more inclined than Belgium to grant the extradition request.

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At home, however, he risks arrest on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.

Mr Puigdemont wants to be sworn in again as Catalan president from Belgium following an investiture debate that is due to begin on January 31st. Together the parties secured 70 out of the 135 seats.

ERC's leader Oriol Junqueras is the only Catalan politician who remains in prison.

Mr Puigdemont has been exiled in Belgium since his failed bid to declare Catalonia independent from Spain three months ago.

Spanish laws make it easier for someone in detention than for someone who is overseas to be granted a parliamentary proxy.

It sent national police to prevent the referendum from taking place, which ended in violence against voters that rights groups called an "excessive use of force".

"The EU has been a success in promoting freedom, democracy, prosperity and welfare on our continent", Mr Puigdemont said.

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