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Catalan leaders mull plans to counter Spain’s direct control

Oct 23, 2017, 6:25 AM EDT
Speculations are ripe that Catalonia’s President Carles Puigdemont could push unilateral declaration of independence.
(Source: Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya/flickr)

The standoff between the Spanish government and the Catalan leaders showed no signs of easing on Monday as an official announced that the regional authorities won’t follow Madrid’s orders if Spain imposes a direct rule on Catalonia.

Catalonia’s Foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva said that the credibility of the European Union is at stake if it allows Spain to take over democratically elected institutions although the bloc has refrained from intervening calling it Spain’s internal affair, writes the BBC.

Speculations are ripe that regional president Carles Puigdemont could push unilateral declaration of independence in response to Madrid’s unprecedented move of reasserting control over the region, notes The Guardian