Mariano Rajoy

Catalan parliament to respond to Spain's planned takeover

Catalonia's regional parliament will hold a debate this week on Spain's plan to take direct control of the northeastern region — a session many fear could become a cover for a vote on declaring independence.

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has asked parliament to debate and vote on how to respond to the central Spanish government's plan, announced Saturday by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Parliament's governing body set the debate for Thursday.

Rajoy is seeking to trigger Article 155 of the constitution, which allows the central government to intervene in running Catalonia, after the Catalan regional government claimed a mandate to secede from Spain following a banned...