Spain's government vowed to examine "all options" Wednesday in a crisis cabinet meeting hours after Catalonia's leaders said they had a mandate to declare independence but put it on hold, plunging the country into unknown territory.
Spearheading this drive for a free and feminist Catalan state is the Candidatura d’Unitat Popular (Popular Unity Candidacy), or CUP: an extreme left, separatist party reviled by Spanish unionists and often viewed wearily by more moderate Catalans.
Catalonia's parliament will hold a plenary session on Thursday to decide its response to the central government's move to dismiss the region's government while other independence activists have promised civil disobedience.
Catalonia, the northeastern region of Spain, is often compared to Scotland because it's a place with a distinctive identity, its own language, culture and institutions. And its leaders want to hold an independence referendum. We sat down with ex-President Artur Mas to find out more.
The World's Gerry Hadden has lived in Catalonia for eight years. He speaks English, Spanish, French and German. But not Catalan. His kids speak it, his neighbors speak it, FC Barcelona speak it. Gerry doesn't speak Catalan because he doesn't need to.
In Spain, people are still talking about a TV program that aired Sunday and promised to rewrite a key chapter in modern Spanish history. More than 5 million viewers tuned in for an expose about an attempted coup in 1981 that nearly ended Spain's fledgling democracy.
Spain's offer to welcome back the descendants of Sephardic Jews who were kicked out in 1492 comes with some fine print. The descendants are welcome only if they are still practicing Jews, and many see that as unfair.