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    Spain Rejects Idea of EU Mediation on Catalan Independence

    Llibertat’s just another word for nothing left to lose. With Catalonia promising secession within days, Spain says it won’t accept EU mediation, instead demanding that Catalan leaders “return to the path of the law” if they want the national government to negotiate. The Catalan government argues that 90 percent of voters in Sunday’s referendum chose independence, though critics note only 43 percent of the population voted. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said the region will unilaterally declare independence as soon as Monday, but Spain’s constitutional court called off a Catalan parliament session for that day to block such a move.

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