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Madrid Prepares to Impose Direct Rule on Catalonia

By Jamie Dettmer  Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Wednesdayappeared poised to suspend the semi-autonomy of the country's restive northeast region of Catalonia and close its parliament in a move that risks triggering civil unrest, deepening Spain's worst political crisis since a failed coup four decades ago. The Spanish leader, who heads a center-right

In Catalonia, a Declaration of Independence From Spain (Sort of)

By Raphael Minder and Patrick Kingsley The Catalan secession crisis took a confusing new turn on Tuesday night, after the leader of Catalonia made a perplexing speech in which he appeared to declare independence from Spain, before immediately suspending that decision to allow for more “dialogue” with leaders in Madrid. For days, anticipation had been building

For E.U., Catalonia Pits Democratic Rights Against Sovereignty

By STEVEN ERLANGER BRUSSELS — Police officers in black RoboCop uniforms and Darth Vader helmets blocked ordinary citizens from voting. They beat people with batons, fired rubber bullets and wounded pensioners. All of it was captured by smartphones and news cameras and spread around the world. It is the kind of violence the European Union would ordinarily

Catalan referendum: Catalonia has ‘won right to statehood’

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence. He said the door was open to a unilateral declaration of independence after Catalan officials said voters had backed secession with a 42.3% turnout. Spain's government has warned it

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