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Spain: Madrid Prepares for Its Next Move in Catalonia

MIN READOct 17, 2017 | 12:54 GMT

(Stratfor)

The Catalan government failed to clarify whether it declared independence by Madrid's most recent deadline, and now the Spanish government is carefully studying its next moves. Last week, Madrid gave Catalan leaders until Oct. 16 to explain whether the region had declared independence during a regional parliament session on Oct. 10. But in a letter sent to the Spanish government on Monday, the Catalan government declined to answer the question. Now it has until Oct. 19 to abandon its independence claims. But Barcelona will likely remain insistent on its intention to leave Spain, meaning Madrid will probably take control of certain Catalan institutions and resources....

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