File Photo (Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy)


The European Union has called for dialogue to ease the standoff between Spain's central government and Catalonia's separatists.

However, Spain's government has rejected calls for mediation over Catalonia's push for independence.

On the other hand, Catalan leaders said they could unilaterally declare independence as early as Monday.

Catalonia's president Carles Puigdemont has denounced Spain's government rejection of any possible talks.

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