Catalonia: Belgian MEP blasts 'disgraceful' EU for failing to react to democratic crisis
Catalonia continues to face a harsh crackdown on its autonomy from Madrid as the European Union keeps silent.
Mr Demesmaeker said Brussels' inability to speak out against Spain's behaviour could cause European democracies to "crumble."
He said: "The EU is silent and this is really a disgrace. The whole of the EU is shameful. The EU should not stick its head in the sand anymore and it should speak up.
"This is about fundamental democratic values which are at stake."
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, he added: "If the EU fails to defend our civil rights as EU citizens,... read more