Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in terms of population. It is the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia.
Located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea and one of Europe's leading tourist, economic and cultural centers. It is the sixth most populous municipality in the European Union. Here you can find an automatic compilation of DW content on Barcelona.
The Spanish government said on Thursday it would begin the process of suspending Catalonia's autonomy, after the northern region failed to respond to Madrid's ultimatum to formally set independence plans aside. Triggering article 155 to suspend Catalonia's autonomy would be the first time Spain has used the article in its constitution in four decades. Correspondent, Guy Hedgecoe has more.
European Union leaders have declined to help mediate in the crisis over Catalonia, saying it was for Madrid and Barcelona to resolve. A Spanish cabinet meeting to decide on measures, and rallies in Barcelona come next.
Madrid and Barcelona have hardened their stances ahead of a deadline to retract Catalonia's independence bid. PM Mariano Rajoy has threatened direct rule, but Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said he wouldn't back down.
Around 200,000 people rallied in Barcelona calling for two pro-independence leaders to be released from jail. A court in Madrid said they implemented a "complex strategy" to push Catalonia towards independence.
Ahead of a possible declaration of independence by Catalonia's regional government, Barcelona's mayor has urged both sides to resolve the impasse. Catalonia is feeling the economic pains of its drive for independence.