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Catalonia referendum: Former Catalan leader, Artur Mas, says region likely to suffer backlash from Madrid - ABC Online

The man who drove Catalonia's modern independence movement has warned there could be a severe backlash from Madrid if the local Parliament tries to declare independence from Spain. Key points: Artur Mas says it is more important for Catalonia to ...and more »

Catalonia: What happens if it declares independence from Spain? - ABC Online

King Felipe VI said this week Spain was, "at a critical juncture for our existence as a democracy", following a vote for independence in Catalonia which Spanish police tried to violently suppress. Find out what's likely to happen next.and more »

Catalonia referendum: Thousands descend on Barcelona protesting against independence from Spain - ABC Online

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona to express their opposition to any declaration of independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue.and more »

The Ghost of Franco Still Haunts Catalonia - Foreign Policy (blog)

Nothing is certain after Sunday's manic referendum in Catalonia, where separatist forces pushed for an independence vote amid a crackdown by the central administration in Madrid that included declaring the vote unconstitutional, disabling the internet ...and more »

Catalonia And Brexit: The Same Nationalism - Social Europe

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, will not enter the history books as an enlightened leader. However, when in 2014 he had to decide to allow the Scottish referendum, he used his brain and opened the door for the referendum. It took place on ...and more »

Spain's Article 155: The constitution's 'nuclear option' - Deutsche Welle

Article 155 of the Spanish constitution would allow the government in Madrid to intervene in the running of Catalonia. It's an extreme measure for exceptional situations that has never been invoked before. Article 155 is the most extreme measure ...and more »

Littlefield: Sports And Politics — Oil And Water Or PB&J? - WBUR

These are hard times for people who'd prefer to keep politics out of sports. Here in the U.S., team owners and league commissioners are frantically trying to balance on what they see as a tightrope strung between loyalty to the players who line their ...and more »

Opposition to Catalan independence grows - Irish Times

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to voice opposition to the Catalan government's plans to issue a unilateral declaration of independence. With Madrid insisting it will maintain Spain's territorial unity and a ...and more »

Catalonia's referendum unmasks authoritarianism in Spain - The Conversation US

I have long worried about the rise of authoritarianism in the European Union. The Spanish government's violent crackdown during the Catalonia referendum on Oct. 1 is the latest crisis to challenge EU institutions. Several member states are facing ...and more »

Image of Catalan police force transformed by recent events - Irish Times

On the morning of October 3rd, the day of a Catalan general strike, crowds gathered outside the Barcelona headquarters of the Spanish national police. The strike had been called by the Catalan government to protest against the Spanish police's use of ...and more »