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Catalonia leader will be removed, Spain's prime minister announces

Catalonia leader will be removed, Spain's prime minister announces

2017-10-22 03:06:52, smh.com.au

Barcelona: The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of direct rule by the central government in Madrid. It was the first time that Spain's government had moved to strip the autonomy of one of its 17 regions, and the first time that a leader had invoked Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution — a broad tool intended to protect the "general interests" of the nation

 

Government

Spain's Rajoy says will sack Catalan government, call regional elections

Spain's Rajoy says will sack Catalan government, call regional elections

2017-10-21 14:45:11, straitstimes.com

MADRID (REUTERS) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday (Oct 21) said he would curb the powers of the parliament of Catalonia, sack its government and call an election within six months in a bid to thwart a drive by the autonomous region to breakaway from Spain. Rajoy said his government had taken this unprecedented decision to restore the law, make sure regional institutions were neutral, and to guarantee public services and economic activity as well as preserve the civil rights of all citizens

 

Referendum

Spain’s Constitutional Court rules Catalan referendum illegal

Spain’s Constitutional Court rules Catalan referendum illegal

2017-10-17 16:37:09, hindustantimes.com

Spain’s top court on Tuesday officially ruled that Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum was illegal because a regional law that backed it was against Spain’s constitution. The Catalan regional parliament passed the so-called “self-determination referendum law” in early September. Regional leaders went on to stage the Oct. 1 referendum on whether the region should separate from Spain. They say the “Yes” side won and that the result gave the region a mandate to declare independence

 

Elections

Spain urges polls as pressure mounts on Catalan separatists

Spain urges polls as pressure mounts on Catalan separatists

2017-10-20 19:32:13, france24.com

MADRID (AFP) - Spain was preparing Friday to seize powers from Catalonia's regional government as political parties pushed for elections as a way out of the country's worst crisis in decades. Hundreds of separatists were making large cash withdrawals from Catalan banks in protest at Madrid's announcement Thursday that it would take unprecedented steps to impose direct control over semi-autonomous Catalonia after its leader threatened to declare a breakaway state

 

Politicians

Merkel, Macron back Spain in Catalan crisis

Merkel, Macron back Spain in Catalan crisis

2017-10-19 22:31:36, france24.com

BRUSSELS (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron voiced strong support for Madrid in the Catalan independence crisis on Thursday, backing the Spanish government's response to the country's worst political crisis in decades. EU leaders gathering for a summit in Brussels closed ranks behind Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, saying the standoff over Catalonia's independence drive must be settled within the provisions of Spain's constitution

 

Constitution

France's Macron backs Spain's constitutional unity in call to PM Rajoy

France's Macron backs Spain's constitutional unity in call to PM Rajoy

2017-10-02 17:43:14, reuters.com

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed his support for Spain’s constitutional unity in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a source in the president’s office said on Monday. Hundreds were injured on Sunday when police tried to disrupt a referendum on Catalonian independence that Madrid has deemed illegal. “The president underlined his support for Spain’s constitutional unity,” the source said

 

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