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October 6, 2017 12:00 AM Catalonia media reflects polarised Spanish society

The front page of Barcelona's La Vanguardia newspaper on 4 October was dominated by the ongoing Catalan crisis. An aerial photograph showed tens of thousands of people demonstrating in the city centre the previous day, when a region-wide strike had been staged in protest at attempts by Spanish security forces to stop people voting in Sunday's independence 89

October 5, 2017 6:34 PM Spain to make it easier for firms to move base from Catalonia as business alarm deepens

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s government will issue a decree on Friday making it easier for firms to transfer their legal base out of Catalonia, two sources said, in a move that could deal a serious blow to the region’s finances as it considers declaring independence. The decree is tailor-made for Spanish lender Caixabank, sources familiar with the matter 70

October 5, 2017 3:40 PM Iniesta appeals for dialogue over Catalonia crisis

BARCELONA: Barcelona captain and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has called for dialogue between the Spanish government and leaders in Catalonia to resolve the crisis between the central government and its richest region following Sunday's disputed referendum. Catalonia's parliament is set to declare independence on Monday after going ahead with the banned 47

October 5, 2017 12:59 PM Catalan uncertainty paralyzing regional investment, Spain's economy minister says

MADRID (Reuters) - Investment projects in the northeastern region of Catalonia have been paralyzed and the sale of a stake in state-run lender Bankia put on hold because of the current political uncertainty, Spain’s economy minister said on Thursday. Catalonia’s parliament is set to declare independence on Monday after going ahead with a banned referendum 40

October 4, 2017 11:42 AM Spanish court opens sedition probe of Catalonia officials for indepdendence bid

BARCELONA — Spain’s High Court launched an investigation against top Catalan police and organizers on Wednesday on suspicion of inciting rebellion against the state, just hours after the Spanish king charged that the Barcelona separatists were acting “outside the law and outside democracy.” With each passing day, national authorities and the pro-independence 60

October 4, 2017 11:19 AM Catalonia to move to declare independence from Spain on Monday

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain, a regional government source said, as the European Union nation nears a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy and has unnerved financial markets. Pro-independence parties which control the regional parliament have asked for a debate 69

October 4, 2017 9:17 AM Catalonia to declare independence from Spain as soon as weekend: leader

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia will move as soon as this weekend to declare independence from Spain, the region’s leader said, moving the European Union country closer to a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy. The constitutional crisis has hit the euro and Spanish stocks and bonds and Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) Spanish 63

October 3, 2017 12:14 PM Metro, roads disrupted in Catalonia pro-independence protest

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Metro stations were closed in Barcelona, pickets blocked roads and state workers walked out on Tuesday in protests across Catalonia over a Spanish police crackdown on a banned independence referendum. The stoppages, in response to a call for a general strike by pro-independence groups and trade unions, affected the public sector 47

October 2, 2017 10:43 AM Catalan referendum: Who will move next in Spain's crisis?

Spain's complicated relationship with the region of Catalonia is heading for the unknown. After violence by Spanish police, a declaration of independence by Catalonia's regional government seems more likely than ever before. Given the chaotic nature of the vote, the turnout and voting figures should be taken with a pinch of salt. The government in Madrid 39

October 2, 2017 7:56 AM Spanish PM faces crisis after violent secession vote in Catalonia

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces Spain’s biggest constitutional crisis in decades after Sunday’s violence-marred independence referendum in Catalonia opened the door for its wealthiest region to move for secession as early as this week. The streets of Barcelona, the Catalan capital, were quiet on Monday, but newspaper editorials 68