Spain held its second parliamentary election in just over six months on Sunday, with voters likely to deliver an even more fragmented parliament with no clear winner and a sizeable appearance by the far-right.
The vast majority of Catalonia's almost 1,000 mayors have urged authorities in Madrid to grant the region the right to determine its own future, as crowds of separatists prepare for a protest march in Barcelona later on Saturday.
The center-right pro-union Ciudadanos Party, which was born out of opposition to Catalan separatism, holds a rally in front of Catalonia's regional government headquarters in Barcelona run under the slogan "That's enough! Justice and coexistence."
The jailing of Catalan secessionists for their role in a failed pro-independence bid will only galvanize the Spanish region’s independence movement and another referendum is inevitable, the leader hit by the heaviest jail sentence told Reuters.
Thousands of angry demonstrators took to the streets of Barcelona and elsewhere on Monday after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in jail for ‘sedition’ over the failed 2017 independence efforts.
Spain has summoned the US ambassador in Madrid to express its complete rejection of any new US tariffs on European Union goods and will press for strong countermeasures if they are confirmed, the acting government said.
Spain's National Court on Monday said it had dismissed a complaint against Barcelona's Lionel Messi filed by a former employee of the Argentine footballer's foundation, who had accused him of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering.