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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 »

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence - Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue. Women wear masks ...and more »

Carles Puigdemont: The man who wants to break up Spain - BBC News

Catalonia's sacked President Carles Puigdemont has spearheaded the region's peaceful drive for independence from Spain. In defiance of the law and Spain's constitution, he has pushed forward in the hope of international recognition. But his zeal for ...and more »

'I Am Spanish': Thousands in Barcelona Protest a Push for Independence - New York Times

BARCELONA, Spain — Catalonia's silent supporters of Spanish unity found their voice on Sunday, thronging into the center of Barcelona as part of a huge rally that reverberated with chants in support of a united Spanish state and against agitators for ...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 is Spain': Protests snub call for Catalan independence - CNN

Barcelona, Spain (CNN) Large crowds protested in Barcelona on Sunday to demand that their regional Catalan leaders hold fire on declaring independence from Spain, as they have threatened to do in a matter of days. Catalan leaders held an independence ...and more »

Europe ends under pressure as political events develop; utility stocks, Spain's IBEX tumble - CNBC

European equities finished Wednesday's trading session slightly lower as investors continued to keep a close eye on political events in the region. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed down 0.08 percent yet off its session lows, while sectors pointed in ...and more »

Spanish court tries to block Catalan Parliament's independence move - CNN

Barcelona, Spain (CNN) Spain's highest court has suspended a meeting of Catalonia's regional parliament planned for Monday in an apparent attempt to prevent Catalan President Carles Puigdemont's expected declaration of independence.and more »

Breakingviews - Economic odds stacked against Catalonia breakaway - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - On paper, Catalonia looks viable as an independent state. The region which accounts for around a fifth of Spain's economy has gross domestic product roughly comparable to Finland's. Its residents are on average richer ...and more »

Catalonia independence: Huge Spain unity rally in Barcelona - BBC News

At least 350,000 people gathered in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, for a rally against independence from Spain. They waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying "Together we are stronger" and "Catalonia is Spain". It was the largest ...and more »