Madrid opened a window for a political compromise on Wednesday, which may be able to prevent the political crisis of direct rule.

That move is in line with constitutional provisions but has no historical precedent.
Thursday’s Ultimatum
On Monday, the Spanish government offered the Catalan region an ultimatum, which expires at 10 am on Thursday.

The Catalan Parliament must either clearly renounce the proclamation of independence or the Spanish government would announce home rule.

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