Mariano Rajoy

Catalan parliament to respond to Spain's planned takeover

Catalonia's regional parliament plans to hold a debate this week on the Spanish prime minister's plan to take direct control of the region — a session many fear could lead to a vote declaring Catalan independence.

The president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, asked regional lawmakers to debate options for responding to the takeover moves announced Saturday by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Parliament's governing body set the debate for Thursday.

Rajoy wants to trigger a section of the Spain Constitution that would allow the central government to step in to run Catalonia. Firing all Catalan top officials and calling an early regional election are among the steps the prime...