Catalan Leaders Protest Banks as Spain Schedules Elections
They’re putting their money … where it always is. Though Catalan separatists urged citizens to protest CaixaBank and Sabadell, which withdrew from Catalonia earlier this month over fears of instability, the banks say they haven’t seen a drop in business. The Spanish government, which plans to suspend the region’s governing autonomy this weekend, will hold elections there in January under its new direct rule. Meanwhile, Catalonia’s referendum and push for secession has emboldened restless Italian regions Lombardy and Veneto, which will soon hold their own votes on breaking away.