Madrid and Catalonia Place Bets on Spain’s Future

The crisis in Catalonia is reaching a decision point as the Spanish senate gets ready to vote on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s proposal to use Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution for the first time in its 40-year history to impose direct rule on the region.

The proposal from Rajoy’s emergency cabinet meeting last Saturday stops short of dissolving Catalonia’s parliament, but it would remove the region’s cabinet leaders and replace top officials in the police force, amongst other measures. It also called for new regional elections to be held within six months.

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