On October 1, 2017, Spain's autonomous community of Catalonia is determined to hold an independence referendum. The initiative was challenged by Madrid in the Spanish Constitutional court, which subsequently ruled the upcoming vote unconstitutional.
Earlier in the day, Catalonia's leader stated that the Catalan parliament could proceed to declare independence if Spain's authorities refused to talk. This Thursday was the deadline given by Madrid to the Catalan leader to announce the status of the region.
Catalonia's president has confirmed in a letter to Spain's prime minister that the suspension of the region's declaration of independence remains in force for the time being.
The Catalans have taken to the streets of Barcelona to express solidarity with Jordi Sanchez, president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, the leader of Omnium Cultural, who were jailed yesterday in Madrid amid accusations of sedition.
Provisional President of Argentina's Senate Federico Pinedo believes the European Union's refusal to recognize Catalonia as an independent is very important and may help to solve the issue of Spain's unity.
If Catalonia breaks free from Spain, it will have to pay a hefty price for this, political analyst Roberto Duran, a professor at the Catholic University of Chile, told Sputnik.
A member of a Belgian right-wing party, in an interview to Sputnik, commented on the EU's reaction towards the actions taken by the Spanish government during the referendum on Catalan independence, remarking how quickly it's 'lofty principles' are forgotten when one of its own regimes is under threat.
On October 11, Madrid asked Catalonia to explain whether it had declared independence. It could be perceived as the government's attempt to start negotiations amid the critical situation, Mexican expert Luis Huacuja told Sputnik Mundo.
A powerful presence in Catalan history and former president of the region, Lluis Companys has declared a Catalan state in 1934, but the nation only lasted 10 hours. With the current developments in Spain, following the Catalan referendum, we take a closer look at the former leader and his complex fate.
The Spanish government has given Catalan President Carles Puigdemont five days to clarify whether he actually declared the region's independence or not in his speech devoted to the highly controversial referendum.
The Spanish prime minister has said while delivering a speech on Catalonia's independence referendum that the vote has failed and added that the promise of independence was a "fairy tale."
Upset netizens took to Twitter after the Catalan leader declared the region's much-anticipated independence only to put everything on hold in order to reach a compromise with the Spanish government.
Most European states are against Catalan independence, the Spanish prime minister said to Congress.
With Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont stepping back from the brink in the midst of rising tensions in Spain over the region's bid for independence, signing a declaration of independence but deciding to suspend its implementation, millions will have breathed a collective sigh of relief given the prospect of a severe response from Madrid.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said that the government formally asked Catalonia if it had declared independence, after Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont made his first speech on Tuesday following the controversial referendum that took place on October 1.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in his first address after the independence referendum said that Catalans had voted for sovereignty and thus he was going to follow the will of the people, however, the Spanish government has a different view on this point.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has said that the results of "self-determination referendum" on October 1 were a "yes" to independence.
On Tuesday, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont declared that sovereignty is the only form of maintaining self-governance for Catalonia.
Spanish Ambassador to Russia Ignacio Ibanez told Sputnik in an interview that Spain would not need a mediator to start negotiations with the Catalan authorities.
Spanish Ambassador to Russia Ignacio Ybanez Rubio has said in an interview with Sputnik that the issue of Catalonia's independence from Spain should be discussed on a national level, adding that Barcelona may deteriorate the crisis by declaring a secession unilaterally.
The Catalonians' overwhelming "yes" vote for independence from Spain has triggered dreams of sovereignty across Europe. On the Finnish archipelago of Åland, the controversial referendum has evoked hopes of widening the autonomy the islanders currently enjoy, with more ambitious goals to follow.
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