>> Catalonia's new president has been sworn in. Quim Torra was elected earlier this week, but only just won. The Catalan Parliament voted him in by 66 votes to 65. It brings to an end seven months of direct rule from Madrid. But it doesn't mean an end to the political tensions between Catalonia and the rest of Spain.
Torra called for dialogue with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during his victory speech, but he is a hard line separatist. The 55-year-old editor has even been accused of xenophobia. After referring to Spaniards in a negative light in previous tweets and articles. The crisis began last year when Pro-Independence parties won a majority in a Catalan election that Spain had called in the hope of ending the conflict.
Many Catalans feel that the wealthy regions sends too much money to poorer parts of Spain, as taxes are controlled by Madrid. The central government will lift its intervention once the Catalan administration is fully formed and members of the cabinet named.