The Latest: EU chief calls for no more violence in Spain

The Latest on Catalonia’s independence referendum and Spain’s response (all times local):

4:35 p.m.

European Union chief Donald Tusk has appealed to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to “avoid further escalation and use of force” in the standoff over the Catalonian independence referendum.

Tusk spoke to the Spanish leader Monday, and said that even though he said shared the constitutional reasoning for not recognizing Sunday’s referendum in Catalonia, he wanted the violence that marred the poll not to be repeated.

Tusk said in a Twitter message that he “appealed for finding ways to avoid further escalation and use of force.”


3:50 p.m.

French President Emmanuel Macron is noting his attachment to Spain’s “constitutional unity” one day after Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum.

The French presidency said in a statement that Macron had a phone call Monday with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in which he told Rajoy that he is France’s contact in Spain.

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