Barcelona—Catalonia’s moment of truth nears.

Tomorrow ends the second deadline that the Spanish government has given to Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to clarify last Tuesday’s independence declaration.

In the October 1st referendum, 90% of participants voted for independence.  But the turnout was just 43%.   Then, on October 10th, Puigdemont declared independence in front of a packed Catalan Parliament, only to suspend it immediately thereafter.

The Spanish government answered to this challenge of authority by offering the Catalan separatists eight days and two deadlines to respond whether they stand behind their independence declaration or not.