CRISIS IN CATALONIA

Ex-Catalan premier refuses to accept removal from role by central government

Speaking via a recorded message broadcast on regional channel TV-3, Carles Puigdemont calls on citizens to put up “democratic opposition” to Article 155

OPINION

The 1978 system

We are currently faced with the most serious threat to our democracy since the Spanish Constitution was approved, writes EL PAÍS chairman Juan Luis Cebrián

Editorial

Catalonia: Democracy will prevail

The regional elections that have been called by Prime Minister Rajoy will return the voice to the Catalan people that has been denied by regional premier Puigdemont

CRISIS IN CATALONIA

Spanish PM removes Catalan regional premier from post, calls December 21 polls

Under Article 155, the government will sack all regional ministers, as well as the regional police director and chief. Central ministries in Madrid will take control of relevant departments