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What happens next in Spain-Catalonia standoff?

20 Octubre 2017

Catalonia is a wealthy province of Spain that plays host to some 7.5 million inhabitants as well as the cultural and economic powerhouse that is Barcelona.

Alternatively Puigdemont could call elections himself in a bid to avoid a situation where individual regional departments could be taken over by delegates from central ministries.

With his latest letter, the Catalan leader has for the second time in a week dodged an ultimatum from Madrid to set aside secessionist bids, or else face the activation of article 155 of the constitution.

The European states will not recognize the independence of Catalonia, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said in an interview with Kore radio station.

At the time of writing, October 12, Spain is celebrating the Fiesta Nacional de España-the anniversary of the day on which Christopher Columbus finally found land in a scurvy-addled state after having lied about being able to read maps.

Spain has said that no dialogue can take place with independence on the table.

Spain replied that the government would hold the special Cabinet meeting and "approve the measures that will be sent to the Senate to protect the general interest of all Spaniards".

This would result in revocation of Catalonia's limited autonomy and Madrid seizing control of its regional government functions, which many have feared will reignite the civil unrest seen during the recent referendum. Spain will trigger Article 155 of its constitution on Saturday, allowing the suspension of Catalonia's political autonomy.

After the referendum, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence but halted its implementation and called for negotiations.

But a senior EU source said the crisis was not on the agenda for the summit and he did not expect leaders to make a statement on the subject. He went looking for India as we all know, but ended up in the Americas instead-but then again, if you too were long gone in syphilitic madness, you would not know the difference either.

"It's an internal Spanish matter", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told reporters, a position echoed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who held a private meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on the sidelines of the summit.

Spain has threatened to take direct control of the autonomous region if Puigdemont fails to meet the 0800 GMT (4 a.m. EDT) Thursday cutoff.

Meanwhile, Agusti Alcoberro, the man standing in for Sanchez as head of the Catalan National Assembly, said peaceful protests would be the local response to what he said was the Spanish government's heavy-handed approach. But a Catalan official has ruled that out.

The Euro shifted gears in volatile trading Thursday as traders appeared to be taking risk off the table in response to an escalation in the Catalan independence crisis.

What happens next in Spain-Catalonia standoff?