Spain votes in six days, an election seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Rajoy's management of the financial crisis. Polls show his conservative Popular Party is out in front. But two protest parties have gained support in recent times.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants Catalan leaders to spell out whether independence has been declared, implying that he would limit the region's autonomy if that is the case. Santiago Saez reports from Madrid.
Spain's premier has told parliament about the government's plan to resolve the crisis that emerged from Catalonia's independence bid. Rajoy gave Catalonia's leader five days to clarify whether he declared independence.
After the latest Spanish deadline for the Catalans expired, the office of Spain's prime minister is scheduling an "extraordinary meeting" to consider invoking Article 155. Madrid said this would "restore legality."
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has the upper hand so far in Catalonia's bid for independence. But Europe should learn a lesson from the crisis and try to avoid such local blazes in the future, says Barbara Wesel.
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