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Yes, Puigdemont fled Spain to avoid arrest. That is not even controversial. They chose Belgium not because it could grant him asylum but because it is the most likely jurisdiction to avoid extradition, or to obtain extradition on diminished charges.

A secondary goal is to blow up the Belgian government. That will go down well with the rest of the EU.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 12:31:19 PM EST
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