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Spanish leader moves aggressively to clip Catalonia's wings

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy left the nation breathless when he announced the steps he wants to take to crush the separatist movement in the prosperous Catalonia region. Rajoy called … Click to Continue »

Spanish government announces plan to seize power in Catalonia, remove elected government

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Yesterday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced plans to remove the democratically elected regional government of Catalonia and replace them with direct rule by the national government in Madrid. (more…)

Constitutional crisis deepens as Spain demands Catalonia elect new leaders

The latest chapter in Spain’s political upheaval unfolded on Saturday as Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy introduced plans to remove Catalonian leaders from their positions and call elections, asserting Madrid’s takeover of the region following a contentious independence referendum. Show More Summary

Spanish Prime Minister Takes Unprecedented Step To Dissolve Catalan Government

yesterdayNews : The Two-Way

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced he was invoking a previously unused Spanish constitutional article to "restore order."

Catalonia: Rajoy urges removal of region's leaders

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday that his government was seeking to remove the leaders of Catalonia's regional government from power and call new elections as soon as possible. The unprecedented measures -- intended...Show More Summary

Spain Activates "Nuclear Option": Will Seize Control Of Catalan Government, Force New Elections

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked lawmakers to grant him unprecedented powers to force leaders of the Catalonia region to cease their independence push, a dramatic escalation in the confrontation between Spain and the separatist region, which the WSJ - and virtually everyone else - has said will be a major test for Spanish democracy. Show More Summary

Spain's Rajoy says 'critical point' reached in Catalonia

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday his government has reached a "critical point" as it seeks to use emergency measures to stop Catalonia's separatist bid. "We have reached a critical point," Rajoy told a press conference following an EU leaders summit in Brussels that backed his conservative government. Show More Summary

Spain asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly' as direct rule deadline nears

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged Catalonia's leader on Wednesday to "act sensibly" and renounce an independence bid to head off a threat by Madrid to impose direct rule, a prospect that has sent shock waves across the country.

The Latest: Rajoy calls on Catalan leader to act sensibly

The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called on party colleagues of Catalonia's pro-independence president to convince him to … Click to Continue »

Spanish PM asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly'

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, as a government deadline approached for the northeastern region to renounce a bid for independence.

Spanish premier blames arsonists for deadly wildfires

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Monday that arsonists were to blame for most of the deadly wildfires raging in northwestern Spain which have so far killed three people and injured dozens. "What we are experiencing here does not happen...Show More Summary

Spain Gives Catalonia A Deadline: Retract Independence Claim Or Else

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given the region a few days to "clarify" if it's declaring independence. If so, Rajoy vows he will suspend Catalonia's semi-autonomy and institute direct rule.

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Bloomberg: Spain Turns Screws on Catalans With Threat of Direct Control. (video) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stepped up pressure on Catalonia to halt its drive for independence, taking the first step in a process that could strip the region’s separatist government of its limited autonomy and impose direct control from Madrid. Show More Summary

Spain PM gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence stance

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave Catalonia's separatist leader five days to clarify his position on whether or not he was declaring independence. Speaking in parliament Rajoy said Carles Puigdemont has until Monday at 10 am (1200 GMT) "to say if he declared independence" before suspending Catalan autonomy. Show More Summary

Spain gives Catalan leader eight days to drop independence

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend the Catalonia's political autonomy and rule the region directly.

Spain demands clarity from Catalonia, amid new warnings against independence bid

Did he or did he not declare independence? That’s the question Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy posed Wednesday to the regional president of Catalonia, a day after what Rajoy called a “confusing” speech by the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont. In a closely watched address to Catalonia’s regional...

Spain takes step toward direct rule over Catalonia's independence move

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took the first step on Wednesday toward suspending Catalonia's political autonomy and ruling the region directly to thwart a push for independence.

Spain PM threatens to suspend Catalonia's autonomy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday threatened to suspend Catalonia's regional autonomy after its leader said there was a mandate to split from Madrid. In a televised address Rajoy said he had asked Catalan leaders to confirm...Show More Summary

Spanish Government Begins Process To Suspend Catalan Autonomy

In a much anticipated televized briefing, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy formally demanded the Catalan leader clarify whether independence has been declared, saying that is needed before he can decide what steps to take. The Spanish...Show More Summary

Spain's PM to give press statement on Catalonia at 6.00 a.m. ET

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will make a statement to the press on the ongoing situation in Catalonia at 1200 CET (6.00 a.m. ET), his press office said on Wednesday.

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