Concerns are growing that negotiations over the formation of a regional government in Catalonia are grinding to a halt, after the coalition that was expected to form a government appears to be in deadlock over the choice of president.
Junts per Cataluña and ERC are understood to have not met for nearly a week, as talks appear to have stalled. The nomination of Carles Puigdemont as president in exile is understood to be the main sticking point.
An appeal to reform the law to allow him to govern from his self-imposed exile was rejected by Catalan speaker Roger Torrent.
Judicial hearings at the Supreme Court scheduled in the next few days are also expected to add to delays to nominate a president of the regional parliament.
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