Will Separatists Split Spain? Tough Approach By Madrid Escalates Tensions

The conflict between Madrid and Catalan separatists is escalating. With raids and arrests last week, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is trying to prevent an independence referendum, but preparations for the vote are still underway.
The Catalonian flag and a call for independence

The Catalonian flag and a call for independence

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Will Catalonia's independence referendum be Europe's next big challenge?

Will Catalonia's independence referendum be Europe's next big challenge?

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Catalan Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont: It won't be easy, he says, but he believes the European Union would ultimately accept Catalonia as an independent country.

Catalan Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont: It won't be easy, he says, but he believes the European Union would ultimately accept Catalonia as an independent country.

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