Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will dismiss Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and his government as he seeks to put a definitive stop to the region’s drive for independence.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy invoked the most far-reaching powers in the Spanish Constitution as he aimed to strike a decisive blow against the Catalan separatist campaign that’s divided the nation and put its economic expansion at risk.
Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont’s address to lawmakers in Barcelona was delayed amid an eleventh-hour attempt to broker a deal that pulls the separatist region back from a break with Spain.
The Catalan government’s determination to break from Spain faces its moment of truth, with the region’s president, Carles Puigdemont, risking immediate arrest if he goes too far down the path of independence.
The Catalan government’s determination to break from Spain faces its moment of truth, as the regional parliament meets to consider a declaration of independence that risks an ironclad backlash from Madrid, the threat of economic meltdown and international isolation.
Spain’s government said it stood ready to intervene and reassert control over Catalonia, warning that the rebel region risks economic chaos if it presses ahead with its bid for independence.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont vowed to press ahead with his independence drive in comments broadcast Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona to demand the region remain a part of Spain.
Demonstrators dressed in white gathered outside city halls in Barcelona, Madrid and across Spain on Saturday to demand that sparring sides in the country’s constitutional crisis move back from the brink.
Separatist leaders in Catalonia are seeking to avoid an immediate declaration of independence from Spain as officials in Madrid and business leaders in Barcelona ratchet up pressure on the nationalist camp.
Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos ruled out any sort of mediated talks with separatist leaders and said Catalan banks have signaled they may move out of the region if the push for independence continues.
Major roads to Barcelona and through eastern Catalonia were blocked in about 17 places as pro-independence protesters made a show of force to coincide with an indefinite general strike some of them are promoting across Spain’s largest regional economy.
Catalan separatist leaders signaled they may be moving toward a unilateral declaration of independence as early as this week after hundreds of activists were injured on Sunday as they sought to stop Spanish police from shutting down an illegal referendum.
Spanish police in riot gear smashed in the doors of polling stations and dragged protesters away by the hair, beating some with batons and firing rubber bullets at others on Sunday as they tried to shut down an illegal referendum on independence in Catalonia.
Catalonia heads into a watershed moment in its modern history this weekend, and no one really knows how it’s going to play out.
Catalonia’s planned vote on independence from Spain on Sunday, ruled illegal by the courts, will likely haunt the rest of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s political career, whether he succeeds in stopping it or not.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy won Donald Trump’s support for his efforts to stop Catalan separatists during a visit to the White House while his political problems deepened back home.
Spain’s struggle to stop Catalonia’s separatist referendum overcame a potential body blow over the weekend as the region’s police force acceded to demands it take more direction from the central government in Madrid.
Spain has discreetly hired ferries to be moored in the Port of Barcelona as temporary housing for possibly thousands of police specially deployed to keep order in rebel Catalonia and help suppress an illegal independence referendum.
Police shot dead the man suspected of driving the van that rammed into pedestrians in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt to track down the perpetrators of the worst terror attack in Spain since 2004.
The Spanish Parliament approved Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s spending proposals for 2018, the first step toward passing a budget, after the minority government agreed to tax cuts and more funding for regions to bring its rivals onside in an effort to cement his term.
Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, Venezuela’s most renowned political prisoner, was transferred from military prison to house arrest after three years behind bars, an abrupt about-face by a government rocked by months of violent protests.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy began the process of seeking parliamentary support for the 2017 budget in a test of how much power he can wield at the head of a minority government.
Pedro Quevedo never imagined he’d hold the fate of the Spanish government in his hands.
Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said the European Union is well placed to take advantage if U.S. President Donald Trump makes good on his protectionist rhetoric.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s decision to replace a party loyalist with an independent expert at the head of the markets regulator will help Spain lure companies seeking a new base after Britain leaves the European Union, according to Luis Garicano, head of economic policy at the Spanish liberal party, Ciudadanos.