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Spain PM admits defeat ahead of no-confidence vote: What has happened so far

On May 24, the National court announced the prison sentences against the 29 people and a day later, Sanchez's party filed a no-confidence motion scheduling for Friday.

Spain finds its comeback kid in new leader Pedro Sanchez

In order to secure votes against Rajoy from Catalonia's separatists, Sanchez had to promise to open talks with the secessionists about the future of the northeastern region.


Spain: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admits defeat ahead of no-confidence vote

Mariano Rajoy is set to become the first Spanish premier to lose a no-confidence vote since the country transitioned to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975.

Spain PM Mariano Rajoy calls on companies not to leave Catalonia

"We have to recover the sensible, practical, enterprising and dynamic Catalonia... that has contributed so much to the progress of Spain and Europe."

Catalan secessionist leaders to appear in court, without former president Carles Puigdemont

The other 15 due to testify from 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) are Puigdemont's former vice-president Oriol Junqueras, eight other members of his sacked cabinet and six senior regional lawmakers, including the speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell.

Spanish prosecutor accuses sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont of rebellion

On Friday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed Catalonia's secessionist government, called a regional election for Dec. 21 and said the central government would take direct control.


What is Catalonia independence move?

Reflecting on the development, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for calm and maintained that the rule of law would be restored in Catalonia, the epicentre of Spain's territorial crisis.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy moves aggressively to clip Catalonia's wings

Rajoy called on Spain's Senate to trigger a previously untapped section of the constitution that allows the central government to temporarily intervene in the running of a region.

Spain to trigger suspension of Catalan autonomy on Saturday

The cabinet meeting was called in after Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the regional parliament could vote on a formal declaration of independence from Spain if the central government failed to agree to further talks.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy faces crisis after violent secession vote in Catalonia

The streets of Barcelona were quiet on Monday, but newspaper editorials said the banned referendum, in which Catalan officials said 90 percent of voters had chosen to leave Spain, had set the stage for a decisive clash between Madrid and the region.