Spain PM Rajoy calls on companies not to leave Catalonia
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday urged businesses not to abandon Catalonia after hundreds of firms moved their legal headquarters away as uncertainty over the region's independence drive drags on.
Deposed Catalan leader slams EU for 'helping' Spanish PM
Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday slammed the European Union for backing what he termed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's "coup d'etat".
Spain takes control of 'independent' Catalonia
Spain moved Saturday to seize direct control of Catalonia, sacking its police chief a day after the Catalan regional parliament's independence declaration sent shock waves through Europe.
Macron says Spanish PM has his 'full support'
French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had his "full support" in enforcing the law in Catalonia as Madrid readies to take direct control of the rebellious province.
Spain to push ahead with suspending Catalan autonomy
Spain said Thursday it will press ahead with suspending Catalonia's autonomy after the region's leader warned he may declare independence, heralding an unprecedented escalation of the country's worst political crisis in decades.
Spain gives Catalans till Thursday to clarify independence stance
Spain's government said Monday Catalonia's separatist leader had failed to clarify whether he had declared independence, urging him to say by Thursday whether he was maintaining his drive to break the region away from Spain.
Protesters rally against Catalan independence in Barcelona
Hundreds of people gathered on the city's Urquinaona square waving red and yellow flags and singing "Viva Espana". "We have perhaps been silent too long," Alejandro Marcos, 44, told AFP.
Spain PM asks Catalan leaders to admit referendum 'won't happen'
"It would be sensible, reasonable and democratic to stop and say, there won't be a referendum, which they know won't happen," Rajoy told members of his conservative Popular Party at an event in the Balearic Islands.