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The Spanish state is attempting to directly co-ordinate all police operations in Catalonia as it prepares to forcibly prevent an upcoming independence referendum in the region in just one week’s time. But the pro-independence government in Catalonia on Saturday said that it will not comply with the request, opening up another front in a rapidly escalating conflict between Madrid and the Catalan state. The struggle risks becoming the greatest political and constitutional crisis in Spain since the country’s return to democracy 40 years ago as the Catalan government heads full-speed towards unilaterally declaring independence. On Saturday, the state prosecutor in Catalonia told all local and... Full story

23 September