The European Parliament’s president warns the continent about the spread of small nations as pro-independence sentiments gain momentum in southern Europe.
Speaking to an Italian daily, Antonio Tajani said Europe must “fear the phenomenon that degrades the sovereignty of nations”.
He described the proliferation of small nations as a threat against the unity of Europe.
Tajani’s comments come amid an independence standoff in Spain’s Catalonia and Sunday’s referendums in two Italian regions vying for greater autonomy.
The European parliament chief was careful to distinguish between the two developments.
He noted that the referendums in Italy are legitimate but stressed that the independence vote in Catalonia violates the Spanish constitution.