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Pro unity demonstrators wave Spanish and Catalan flags during a protest after the Catalan regional parliament declared independence from Spain in Barcelona, Spain, October 27, 2017.

Catalonia crisis: Sacked Catalan leader is ‘welcome’ to stand in a new election

'I'm quite sure that if Puigdemont takes part in these elections, he can exercise this democratic opposition,' said a government spokesperson.
"Els Segadors", a painting by Catalan artist Hermenegildo Miralles depicting the eponymous reapers from the revolt.

Catalan politicians hailed independence by singing their national anthem — and the lyrics are a brutal swipe at Spain

'Els Segadors,' the regional national anthem, has a bloody history. Parliamentarians sang it spontaneously after their historic declaration on October 27.
A crowd of protesters gather outside the Catalan region's economy ministry after junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove was arrested by Spanish police during a raid on several government offices, in Barcelona, Spain, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Spanish stocks drop sharply after Catalonia declares independence

The vote led to a big fall in Spain's benchmark IBEX 35 share index, which dropped to a loss of more than 2% on the day shortly after the vote, hitting a low of around 10,130 points.
Günther Oettinger in 2015.

EU commissioner says Spain could be on the cusp of a ‘very disturbing’ civil war

Günther Oettinger's comments came days before Catalonia's proposed declaration of independence from Spain.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Spain has accused Catalonia of using ‘blackmail’ in its bid for independence

Catalonian officials have said they would declare independence as early as Monday.
Rafa Nadal is currently in Beijing.

Tennis star Rafa Nadal is ‘heartbroken’ at how ‘radicalised’ Spanish society is after violence marred Catalonian vote

16-time tennis major champion Rafael Nadal is 'heartbroken' as violence marred the Catalonian referendum vote on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola won nine league championships and 3 European Cups / Champions League titles during 2 stints at FC Barcelona.

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola just tore into the Spanish government over police brutality during the Catalonian referendum

Manchester City manager and former FC Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola says Spain may try to cover up the reality of the independence vote.

A Catalan split from Spain could be even worse than Brexit

The Dutch bank ING looks at the potential economic impacts of the region cutting ties with Spain.

Barcelona played in an empty stadium creating a surreal scene on day of vote for Catalonian independence

Amidst the backdrop of the referendum on Catalonian independence, Barcelona played for an empty staidum
Lionel Messi could move to the English Premier League without having to switch clubs.

FC Barcelona could join the English Premier League if Catalonia gains independence from Spain

Barcelona would be among the clubs that would be free to choose which league they play in.