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Spain's prime minister to impose direct rule over Catalonia - PBS NewsHour

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday he would use his constitutional powers to impose direct rule over Catalonia and remove its regional leader after residents of the autonomous region of Spain voted for independence earlier this month ...and more »

Catalan Leader Blasts Spain Move to Sack Separatists - Newsmax

Spain took drastic measures Saturday to stop Catalonia from breaking away, announcing plans to dismiss its separatist government and call fresh elections in a move the region's leader compared to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Catalan president ...and more »

Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis - New York Times

BARCELONA — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn on Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced he would remove the leadership of the restive region and initiate a process of ...and more »

Article 155: The 'Nuclear Option' That Could Let Spain Seize Catalonia - New York Times

BARCELONA, Spain — Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday to decide what measures to take under Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution — a broad, forceful tool that has never before been used — that could allow ...and more »

Catalonia weighs up declaration of independence - The Guardian

The Catalan parliament will meet over the coming days to agree its response to the Spanish government's unprecedented decision to impose direct rule as speculation mounts that the regional president, Carles Puigdemont, is planning to press ahead with a ...and more »

3 Books That Explore Catalonia's Fight for Independence - New York Times

On Thursday, following Catalonia's Oct. 1 referendum on independence, Spain promised to take emergency measures to suppress secessionist sentiment in the restive northeastern region, which has long sought independence from Spain. Here are two books ...and more »

Meet the two jailed activists behind Catalonia's independence movement - Washington Post

BARCELONA — Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart are not well-known names in Europe, or even in Spain. But the two wield extraordinary influence in the tense drama now unfolding in restive Catalonia. Because in a few short hours, through their ...and more »

Spanish Prime Minister Takes Unprecedented Step To Dissolve Catalan Government - NPR

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a press conference after a Cabinet meeting at Moncloa Palace on Saturday in Madrid. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption. toggle caption. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images. Spanish ...and more »

Spain says it will dismiss Catalonia's government and call elections - PRI

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a press conference in Madrid in which he announced the Spanish government would move to dissolve the Catalan government and call new elections, Oct. 21, 2017. Credit: Juan Medina/Reuters. Spain said ...and more »

Spain Takes Control of Catalonia, Pushing a Crisis Into Higher Gear - TIME

Carles Puigdemont woke up this Saturday morning as president of Catalonia, but by lunchtime, he was out of a job. For the first time in its nearly 40 years of democracy, Spain has acted upon Article 155, the provision in its constitution that permits ...and more »