Nine key pitfalls of Catalonia’s independence referendum

Nine key pitfalls of Catalonia’s independence referendum

Catalan authorities are racing to stage an independence referendum slated for October 1st which Spain's central government has vowed to stop.

Spain tightens control over Catalan spending as tensions soar

Spain tightens control over Catalan spending as tensions soar

Spain's central government launched its latest salvo against Catalonia on Friday, tightening control over regional spending and brushing aside a last-ditch separatist demand for dialogue to allow a banned referendum.