Catalonia crisis could spark ‘civil war’ in Europe, EU commissioner warns

The escalating crisis in Catalonia runs the risk of causing a “civil war” on European soil, the EU budget commissioner has warned.

“The situation is very, very disturbing,” Gunther Oettinger said. “A civil war in planned in the middle of Europe.

“One can only hope that a conversation will be made between Madrid and Barcelona soon.”

More than 800 people are reported to have been injured in the clashes, which saw riot police smashing their way into polling stations and beating voters.

Catalan officials said the preliminary result of the referendum showed 90% of voters backed the formation of an independent republic.

More than 800 people are reported to have been injured in the clashes, which saw riot police smashing their way into polling stations and beating voters.

Catalan officials said the preliminary result of the referendum showed 90% of voters backed the formation of an independent republic. read more