In an interview [with the Financial Times][ft], Spain's Economy Minister, Luis de Guindos, suggested more money from the central government is on the table if the government in Catalonia gives up on separatism.

"Once independence plans are dropped, we can talk,” he told the newspaper, adding that: “Catalonia already has a great deal of autonomy, but we could talk about a reform of the funding system and other issues”.

He dismissed what was left of the Catalan plan for a vote on October 1 as a "pantomime".

In Barcelona, the regional economy minister, Oriol Junqueras, admitted during a TV interview on Thursday morning that the practical conditions for holding the referendum in 10 days time had been changed by police operations over the past few days.

On Thursday, the Civil Gua...

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