"Obviously it worries me like everyone else, but I can offer little assistance."
The Spanish government has threatened to intervene in Catalonia's autonomy by activating article 155 of the constitution, but how would it work?
"The situation is a sort of game of cards and positioning, where everyone wants the other person to be the one to show their cards."
"All I ask of Mr Puigdemont is that he acts with good sense," PM Mariano Rajoy said on Wednesday.
Catalonia's independence push is taking its toll on the region's tourism industry, with revenues and hotel bookings down since a banned October 1 secession referendum that was marred by violence.
Confusion, fear, humiliation, anger -- Catalonia's separatist challenge is taking its toll on many residents of Barcelona, a city only just recovering from a deadly terror attack, mental health workers say.
Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid's Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly half a million euros, a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.
"We have shown in Catalonia that citizenship is bigger than any ideas. We hope they will be released soon," Manchester City's Catalan coach Pep Guardiola said.