Authorities in Madrid have taken their standoff with Barcelona to a whole new level, raiding government offices, arresting Catalan cabinet members and confiscating 10 million ballot papers, all to thwart a banned October 1 independence referendum. It's hard to see how the vote can happen. Has Madrid won the battle but lost the PR war? We'll question the reasons for a second referendum attempt. And if Catalans really want independence, why has the reaction been so much stronger this time?
Produced by Daniel BARNEY, Theodora LOULOUDIS and Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.
International Arbitration Attorney
Jean Marc SANCHEZ
Lawyer, Paris Bar, Franco-Hispanic Commission
Member of Catalan National Assembly
Politics professor, Princeton University