A day of uncertainty in Barcelona has ended with Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont stating that early elections will not be called in the region, in contrary to reports circulating on Thursday.
Spain urged Catalonia's regional civil servants to cooperate with officials sent from Madrid, as it anticipated "resistance" to its plans to take control of the region's institutions.
Reports had suggested he would announce early elections.
As Spain moves to impose direct rule on Catalonia, independence-minded Catalans across the border in southern France are readying to help their separatist neighbours continue the fight.
A branch of Lidl in Barcelona fired one of its employees of 12 years for working too much by turning up early for shifts to get the store in good shape.
Spain's jobless queue shortened once more in the third quarter, official figures showed on Thursday, as seasonal work and temporary contracts boomed during the country's thriving tourist summer.
Banco Santander, the eurozone's biggest lender, said on Thursday that its bottom line shrank in the third quarter, hit by the cost of integrating smaller rival Banco Popular, which it acquired in June.
Caught between euphoria and anguish, their tone increasingly strident, supporters of Catalan independence are gearing up for forceful -- if peaceful -- resistance against Madrid's planned takeover of regional powers.
A Spanish prosecutor on Wednesday accused the ruling Popular Party (PP) of benefitting from funds obtained illegally by elected officials in the final days of a year-long corruption trial.
Catalonia's lawmakers meet in Barcelona on Thursday for a session many fear will lead to a unilateral declaration of independence by the region facing a takeover from Madrid by the week's end.