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Leader of Spain's Catalonia region faces mounting pressure from all sides

Leader of Spain's Catalonia region faces mounting pressure from all sides

Catalonia's leader faced mounting pressure Friday from all sides, with hard-liners in the separatist movement demanding he definitively declare independence from Spain. Spain's government and the European Union, on the other hand, insisted he must abandon the region's secession plans.

Spain's deputy prime minister blamed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont for sinking tourist numbers and for creating such economic uncertainty that a recession could be in the cards. She also said that Spain's government is considering lowering the growth forecast for the Spanish economy in 2018 if the standoff in Catalonia continues.

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