Mariano Rajoy accuses Catalan president of deliberately sowing confusion as he considers suspending region’s autonomy
The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has asked the Catalan government to clarify whether or not it has declared independence, as he considers the unprecedented step of suspending the region’s autonomy and imposing direct rule from Madrid.
On Tuesday evening, the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont said while the referendum this month had given his government a mandate to create a sovereign [...]
Thousands march under the slogan ‘shall we talk’ as signs emerge that both sides may be trying to diffuse Catalan crisis
Thousands are gathering at rallies in both Barcelona and Madrid amid growing calls for talks following the political crisis sparked by Catalonia’s push for independence.
People dressed in white gathered in both cities on Saturday under the slogan “shall we talk?” in a message to Spain’s political leaders.Continue reading...
Fractured parliament is as much an opportunity as a challenge. It all depends on the calibre of those elected
Spaniards wanted change, and at Sunday’s elections they got it. The two discredited parties that have run the country for three decades sank to historic lows while bright newcomers stormed their way into parliament. The upturned two-party system was tired and prone to cronyism, but it had one major advantage: much like Britain, it almost always produced stable governments. Sunday’s vote created an [...]