Spain is desperately trying to halt a drive for independence in Catalonia that threatens to derail its economy and plunge Europe into chaos. Here's the latest on the region's push for independence.
Nov. 2, 2017: The Spanish state prosecutor has asked for an arrest warrant to be issued for ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont after he failed to appear in court.
Oct. 27, 2017: The Catalan Parliament voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from Spain, prompting the Spanish Senate to grant Madrid unprecedented powers to seize control of the autonomous region. The events pushed Spain into uncharted territory, testing the limits of the constitution drawn up after the restoration of democracy in the 1970s.
Oct. 20, 2017: The Spanish government said it would begin the process to impose direct rule on Catalonia in an unprecedented move to crush the region's independence bid. The government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said it would invoke Article 155 of the constitution, a provision that allows the central government to suspend the autonomy of the Catalan regional administration.
Oct. 10, 2017: The leader of Catalonia postponed a formal declaration of independence from Spain, saying that parliament should suspend a formal declaration in order to pursue dialogue.
Oct. 4, 2017: In a rare TV address, Spanish King Felipe called the situation "extremely serious" and said the pro-independence camp had demonstrated "an unacceptable disloyalty towards the powers of the state -- a state that represents Catalan interests."
Catalan officials have warned they could declare independence from Spain within days after Madrid interfered in an independence referendum on Oct. 1, 2017.
Violent clashes between Spanish police and voters have heightened tensions. Madrid deemed the Oct. 1 vote illegal. Labor unions encouraged their members to join protests Tuesday that attracted an estimated 700,000 people.
A woman waits for assistance after being injured in protest clashes with police. More than 900 were injured in a police crackdown following the vote.
Catalan nationalists argue that they are a separate nation of people with their own history, culture and language and that they should have increased fiscal independence. Many complain that Catalonia ends up subsidizing other parts of Spain.
Protestors against Catalan independence hold placards reading 'For the unity of Spain' at a rally in Madrid called by far-right wing party Falange Espanola de las Jons on October 7, 2017. The Spanish government suspended the Catalan parliamentary session planned for Monday at which a declaration of independence was expected to be made.
Large crowds protested in Barcelona on Sunday, Oct. 8, to demand that their regional Catalan leaders hold fire on declaring independence from Spain, as they have threatened to do in a matter of days.