Spain is a kingdom located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It also has several small territories on and near the north African coast.
Spain is the fourth largest country in Europe and a member of the European Union, but it also shows significant Arabic influence. Spain is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. It has an Atlantic Ocean as well as a Mediterranean coastline. The Spanish global colonial empire in the 15th century, made Spanish the world's second most spoken first language.
The federal parliament is expected to ratify Madrid's decision to invoke article 155 in Catalonia by the end of the week, with the consequences still unclear. Meanwhile, Catalan parties are expected to meet on Monday.
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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.