Catalonia Declares Independence, Spain Imposes Direct Rule
It’s a showdown. Spain is mired in a major constitutional crisis after Catalonia’s parliament on Friday declared independence — a move which compelled the Spanish Senate to approve direct rule over the disobedient region. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the central government is firing Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his cabinet, as well as dissolving the regional parliament and calling new elections for Dec. 21. As Spain enters its worst political crisis in decades, many are wondering: What happens next?