Spain Confronts Catalan Separatists: A Guide to a Critical Week

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Events are piling up in Spain. As Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy prepares to take more power away from the rebel Catalan government, the separatists still have one card to play -- a declaration of independence.

High points in the week’s drama include unprecedented meetings in the dueling parliaments of Madrid and Barcelona, and possible civil disobedience in Catalonia.

Here’s a guide to what’s in store (all times are Central European Time and tentative as of publication):

Monday

  • Catalan separatist leaders met to plan response
  • Senate in Madrid creates cross-party joint committee to consider measures to wrest control from Catalonia under never-before use of Article 155 of Spanish Constitution

Tuesday

  • Joint Senate committee begins acting, 27 members from Constitutional and Self-Governing Regions committees, 1 p.m.

Thursday

  • Catalan Parliament to meet in full session, 9 a.m.; regional president could make unilateral declaration of independence
  • Senate: Joint committee head begins drawing up proposal to approve Article 155 measures, noon
  • Full committee debates, votes on proposals, 5 p.m.

Friday

  • Senate deadline to receive dissenting votes from joint-committee members, 9:30 a.m.
  • Full Senate meets to consider Article 155 measures, 10 a.m.
  • Catalan Parliament possibly extended over from Thursday
  • Spain’s Cabinet meets, time to be determined

Saturday

  • Official Bulletin of Spain publishes any Article 155 measures adopted by Senate. Rajoy’s new powers would take effect from the following Monday

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