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Catalonia at an impasse: what next?

Catalonia is at an impasse. Ousted president Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile in Belgium, had hoped to be re-appointed as Catalan leader this week but the region's parliamentary speaker Roger Torrent postponed a vote to formally sweep him back into office. Torrent insisted Puigdemont was still the candidate after separatist parties maintained their absolute majority in December regional polls, led by the separatist leader's grouping.
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