Catalan premier rejects calling of regional elections

El Pais: Carles Puigdemont says there are is a lack of “sufficient guarantees” from Madrid and describes Article 155 as an “abusive application that is outside the law”. The Catalan premier reportedly announced his decision to call elections this morning to the leaders of his Junts Pel Sí coalition, after a tense meeting held last night over how to deal with the activation of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which enables the central government to temporarily impose direct rule in Catalonia.