Spanish public workers will get a one-percent pay rise next year, trumpeting the country's economic recovery a few months ahead of a general election.
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The head of the regional government of Spain's Catalonia region, Artur Mas, said he wants to hold early elections centred on independence.
Several thousand people demonstrated in Madrid iin support of independence for the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
The head of the Catalan government held talks with other senior politicians on whether to hold early elections in the Spanish region after a symbolic weekend independence vote.
Luis Guevara hoped politicians in Catalonia would turn their focus to the economy after Sunday's symbolic independence referendum.
Two million Catalans turned out to vote on independence from Spain in a symbolic ballot, defying challenges from the Spanish government.
Catalonia has promoted its language and popular culture since the 1980s, cultivating a sense that it is different from the rest of Spain which has now turned to separatism.
The Catalan government said it has petitioned Spain's constitutional court to allow it to go ahead with this weekend's symbolic vote on independence.
The Spanish government launched a fresh judicial challenge against plans for a symbolic vote on independence for the Catalonia region.
The Spanish central government said it will challenge in court plans by Catalonia to hold a symbolic vote on whether the wealthy region should be independent.
Thousands of pro-independence Catalans rallied, demanding snap elections after the region's leader Artus Mas watered down plans for a referendum on separating from Spain.
Catalonia's president Artur Mas said a snap election could be held to let the Spanish region vote on independence.
Spain's Prime Minister hailed the decision by Catalan leaders to call off a planned vote on independence as "excellent news.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called for calm and dialogue as Catalonia leaders pressed ahead with a vote on independence in defiance of Madrid.
Ukraine's largest rebel-controlled city marked six months of "independence" from Kiev with Russian and separatist flags.
Catalan leaders forged ahead for a vote on independence, defying a court challenge by the national government in their bid to redraw the map of Spain.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was open to proposals on reforming the country's constitution.
Ratings agency Fitch put Catalonia on review for a possible downgrade.