Do or Die: 2 Hours to Catalonian Decision
The fulcrum of global politics now sits in Catalonia.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is due to announce his plans for the future of the province amid growing pressure to drop plans to break away from Spain.
There is speculation he may announce a unilateral declaration of independence following a disputed referendum.
His address to the regional parliament is scheduled to take place at 18:00 (16:00 GMT).
Catalan police have been posted outside the parliament in Barcelona, sealing off the grounds to the public.
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