25-Oct-17 TV News: 'Pro-independence ruling coalition in Catalonia committed to declaring independence this week'
The Catalan Parliament will meet tomorrow, as well as on Friday, the very day that the Spanish Senate will vote on Article 155, potentially implementing the suspension of self-rule in Catalonia. The chamber could decide to strip Catalonia of its autonomy without the presence of the Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who today declined an invitation to defend his case in the Senate. In fact, it was not clear whether he could do much to stop the intervention from happening. The main parties in Spain don’t agree on whether calling a snap election would avoid intervention in Catalonia - and in any case, the Spanish socialists could not stop it from happening. This is because the People’s Party has an overall majority in the chamber.
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