I THINK most people understand that the EU sees interfering in a dispute involving internal interpretations of the constitution of a member state as beyond its remit.

This is not the problem. No organisation claiming to be a grouping of democratic states can overlook the effect on worldwide opinion of them failing to condemn or take action against one of their members using a military arm of the police to behave towards peaceful non-retaliating crowds in the way so vividly shown across the world last weekend.

Either Europe believes it is legitimate to assault the vulnerable, to jump downstairs to land with booted feet on a peaceful protester, to batter the elderly, or it does not.

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If it does not, must say so and act on their condemnation. The jury is out, not only on Spain.
Dot Jessiman
Turriff, Aberdeenshire