Madrid and Barcelona on collision course

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The Catalan parliament could declare independence on Friday (27 October), while the Spanish senate is set to vote in favour of suspending Catalonia’s autonomy.

“It is the parliament’s duty to proceed with what the parliamentary majority determines in relation to the consequences of the application of article 155 against Catalonia,” Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Thursday. Article 155 of the Spanish constitution is the clause that allows the national government to take “all measures necessary” to make a region meet its obligations to the state.

Puigdemont’s governing coalition, Junts pel Si, said it would “continue with the mandate from the Catalan people,” given in the 1 October independence referendum, which had been declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

With the support of CUP, a staunchly separatist radical left party, Junts pel Si has a majority in the region’s parliament.

Meanwhile, Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, will appear in the Spanish Senate in Madrid to argue for the implementation of article 155 in Catalonia…

Read more : EUObserver, 27.10.2017