How Belgium not only imported a Catalan crisis but also a separatist election campaign:
- Since his appearance in Brussel, the deposed Catalan president forces the Flemish nationalists into a split: they declared their 100% support, but their actions seems to say the opposite.
- Magistrates in Brussels were due to rule on whether Mr Puigdemont and his colleagues should be sent back to Spain on December 14, but the Spanish Supreme Court no longer feels this is necessary.
- The Spanish decision to revoke the European arrest warrant against 5 Catalan politicians -- who are accused of dereliction of duty, disobedience, sedation, rebellion and corruption -- was an undeniable relief to Belgium.
- Today, around 20.000 Catalans are expected to arrive in Brussels for a protest march.
- In the meantime, Puigdemont announced he will stay in Belgium, perhaps until the elections on December 21. After that, he has the intention of returning to Spain despite his probable arrest.
- With the press conferences, the protest, the buzz on social media and the tension between government parties, it seems that Belgium not only imported the Catalan crisis but also the separatist campaign.