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Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont has said Catalonia "gained the right" to an independent state after holding an independence referendum banned by Spain. Police used force to try to stop the vote on Sunday. (01.10.2017)
Blazes continued into Saturday in central and northeastern Spain. In Catalonia, the regional government said firefighters had contained one fire, but were struggling to deal with a smaller one.
Borrell has been Spanish Foreign Minister under socialist Pedro Sanchez since June 2018. His European experience goes back to when he was President of the European Parliament between 2004 and 2007.
Four Catalan lawmakers must now choose between leaving their seats in parliament empty or resigning. In a fractious assembly, the ruling could work in the favor of acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
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