Spain denies Catalonia’s independence
- The Madrid government sacked Catalonia’s President and dismissed its parliament on October 27
- This was done hours after the region declared itself an independent nation
- The Catalan parliament had voted in the afternoon to make a unilateral declaration of independence
- It is Spain’s gravest political crisis since the return of democracy four decades ago
New regional election to be held
- A new regional election will be held in Catalonia on December 21
- This was declared by Spanish PM in a televised address
International stand on the issue
- Several European countries, including France and Germany, and the United States also rejected the independence declaration.
- The crisis has now reached a new and possibly dangerous level as independence supporters have called for a campaign of disobedience. Immediately after news of the vote, Spanish shares and bonds were sold off, reflecting business concern over the turmoil.