War of words continues as investiture date looms

Uncertainty reigns while Catalan Speaker of Parliament tries to negotiate a viable coalition before January 31

Speaker Roger Torrent (above) travelled to Brussels on Wednesday to meet with Puigdemont Photo: EFE

The war of words between Madrid and the former Catalan president continues.

On Tuesday, Carles Puigdemont asked to be allowed to return to Spain from his self-imposed exile “without any risk,” while the government of prime minister Mariano Rajoy warned his supporters against trying to smuggle him home “in the boot of a car.”

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