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Catalonia 'will not accept' direct rule - Radio New Zealand

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia will not accept Madrid's plan to curb the region's autonomy. No caption. Ivan McClellan / Wikimedia Commons Photo: By Ivan McClellan (Flickr: Catalan National Day) [CC BY 2.0 ...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 »

What next for Catalan crisis after Rajoy uses 'nuclear option'? - Financial Times

The Spanish government this weekend said it would sack the entire Catalan government and call new regional elections within six months, in an extreme move set to crush the regional independence movement. Mariano Rajoy, Spanish prime minister, said ...and more »

Spain moves to sack Catalan leaders, order new elections after 'illegal' referendum - Stuff.co.nz

A young child holds up a Catalan independence flag as protesters gather in Barcelona to demonstrate against the Spanish government's move to suspend Catalan autonomy. In the latest escalation to a conflict that has galvanised Europe for weeks, Spanish ...and more »

In Catalonia Crisis, Shared Blame for 'a Difficult and Undesirable Situation' - New York Times

BARCELONA — The standoff over Catalonia's independence drive has now reached a sobering moment for Spain with the central government's announcement this weekend that it would take the drastic step of removing the region's secessionist leaders.and more »

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 »

Spain moves to dismiss Catalonia's secessionist government - The Economist

THE hesitation is over. On October 21st Mariano Rajoy (pictured, left), Spain's prime minister, announced that his government will ask the Senate to give it powers to dismiss the administration in Catalonia and to call a regional election there within ...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 »

Spain Says It Will Remove Catalonia's Leaders - Voice of America

The Spanish government said Saturday it plans to depose the leaders of Spain's restive northeast region of Catalonia and wants snap elections within six months — part of an effort to block the region from breaking away. Catalan separatists remain ...and more »

Puigdemont denounces plan to sack Catalan regional government - Financial Times

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has condemned Madrid's announcement that it will sack the entire Catalan government and call new regional elections within six months in a bold attempt to crush the regional independence movement. Mariano Rajoy ...and more »