With a population of just under 5000, the Spanish village of La Muela boasts a bullfighting ring, a convention center and three museums. Those are five of the nine cases the ex-mayor is having to explain in court at her corruption trial.
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.
Dolors Sabater Puig, mayor of the Catalan town of Badalona, was prepared to go to jail so people could vote in the region's contested independence referendum. She told DW where Catalans' fiery feelings come from.
Spain's state prosecutor has ordered a criminal probe of hundreds of Catalan mayors cooperating with the region's independence referendum. Spain's king and prime minister have both decried the vote as unconstitutional.
Spanish police have conducted raids on Catalan regional government offices and arrested at least 12 people. Madrid is cracking down on unauthorized Catalan plans to hold an independence referendum on October 1.
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