>> Movement in the Catalonia deadlock after it's unofficial bid for independence from Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, calling an emergency cabinet meeting for Saturday, in which he'll announce measures to impose direct rule on Catalonia.
at's the same day that thousands of pro-independence protesters are expected to gather in Barcelona.
> If it passes, it would be a move unprecedented, since Spain returned to democratic rule in the 1970s. Catalan leader, Carlos Puigdemont ignored a deadline on Thursday to drop the session, the second neglected deadline this week,>>
>> Instead, he wrote a letter to Rojoy, threatening a formal declaration of independence.
In response, Rojoy said Catalonia must go back to complying with the law. The war of words has increased uncertainty over a standoff that has raised fears of social unrest, cut growth prospects for the Euro zone's fourth largest economy, and rattled the Euro.