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Spanish government withdraws diplomatic status to Flanders delegate in Spain  

The Spanish government has withdrawn the diplomatic status to the Flanders delegate in Spain, André Hebbelinck, due to the recent Flemish parliament speaker comments including that the nine Catalan jailed leaders are "political prisoners."

The chamber president, Jan Peumans, also said that Spain "is incapable of complying with the conditions to be part of a democratic Europe."

According to the Spanish foreign minister, Josep Borrell, his remarks were "unacceptable" and "inappropriate" for an "ally country such as Belgium."

Borrell's office said in a statement that the withdrawal of the diplomatic status of Hebbelinck means that he can still continue working as a delegate in Spain, but without the privileges and immunities of a diplomatic agent. And if he is replaced, the person taking over his post would not have diplomatic status either.

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Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Oct 17th, 2018 at 07:15:11 PM EST

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