The first formal meeting between the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the pro-independence president of the Catalan regional government, Quim Torra, took place in Madrid on Monday.
Held at the new PM's official residence, La Moncloa, the talks were an attempt to "normalise" the situation after the events of last autumn led to an illegal declaration of independence by the Catalan regional parliament. Both men have recently taken up their posts, providing an opportunity to improve relations again, political commentators said.
Madrid and Barcelona said that the meeting had gone well. Quim Torra said it was "the start of dialogue" to what he claimed needs a political solution. Sánchez told Torra that the right to self-determination would never be on the table.
On Thursday, a German regional court confirmed that ex-Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, would be extradited to Spain on embezzlement, but not for rebellion as a Spanish judge had requested.