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Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain – BBC News

  (BBC News)  The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, just as the Spanish government appears set to impose direct rule. The move was backed 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by opposition MPs. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier told senators direct rule was needed to return “law, democracy and stability” […]

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In Catalonia, an ‘Accidental’ Leader of Unwavering Conviction – New York Times

(New York Times) BARCELONA — A mayor from the Spanish hinterland, Carles Puigdemont was a relative unknown until thrust into the leadership of Catalonia last year. He was a compromise choice to break a deadlock among separatist parties. It was “a last-minute and accidental arrival through the back door,” Mr. Puigdemont recalled in an interview this week […]