Catalan leader ‘assumes mandate for independent state’ but asks to suspend declaration

Catalan leader ‘assumes mandate for independent state’ but asks to suspend declaration

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has told the region's parliament he 'assumes the mandate' for an independent republic but asked for the effects of the declaration to be suspended in order to 'enter into dialogue'.

Don’t make dialogue impossible, European Council head Tusk tells Catalan leader

Don’t make dialogue impossible, European Council head Tusk tells Catalan leader

Donald Tusk has urged Catalonia's separatist leader not to take a decision that would make dialogue with Madrid impossible, just hours before a possible declaration of independence.

Spain warns Catalan leader not to do anything ‘irreversible’ ahead of independence showdown

Spain warns Catalan leader not to do anything ‘irreversible’ ahead of independence showdown

"We call on Puigdemont not to do anything irreversible, not to pursue a path of no return and not to make any unilateral independence declaration," government spokesman Iñigo Mendez de Vigo said.

Spain has EU support on Catalan independence: Spanish minister

Spain has EU support on Catalan independence: Spanish minister

"This regards a rebellion against the rule of law and the rule of law is the basis not only for coexistence in Spain but also for coexistence in Europe," Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos said.

This is what could happen if Catalonia declares independence

This is what could happen if Catalonia declares independence

The Local asked international and Spanish constitutional law experts for their analysis of what the consequences of a Catalan unilateral declaration of independence would be.

Balkan nationalists take hope from Catalan referendum

Balkan nationalists take hope from Catalan referendum

Catalonia's drive to secede from Spain is rekindling dreams of independence in ethnic pockets across the Balkans, a potentially dangerous ambition in a region where nationalist violence claimed tens of thousands of lives in the 1990s.

Analysis: An independent Catalonia’s tricky path to EU membership

Analysis: An independent Catalonia’s tricky path to EU membership

Brussels has stuck to its line that an independent Catalonia would automatically be out and have to reapply to join, but some experts say pragmatism may yet trump dogma.

Research, exports and tourism power the Catalan economy

Research, exports and tourism power the Catalan economy

Catalonia, which may be poised to declare independence from Spain, is one of the powerhouses of the Spanish economy, buoyed by industry, research and tourism but burdened with heavy debt.

Why Catalonia is a strategic region for Spain

Why Catalonia is a strategic region for Spain

Catalonia, whose leader may declare independence on Tuesday, is one of the most strategic regions of Spain, the eurozone's fourth largest economy.

Spain coach insists Catalonia turmoil won’t impact World Cup bid

Spain coach insists Catalonia turmoil won’t impact World Cup bid

"We are athletes and politics is very far away."