The negotiations between the PSOE party, winners of last month's general election, and ERC, separatist Catalan republicans, continued this week. It is hoped ERC will abstain in an investiture vote in parliament to allow PSOE leader, Pedro Sánchez, to become prime minister in a coalition with Unidas Podemos.
On Wednesday, the ERC were upset after a PSOE spokesperson implied a deal was almost done and that the ERC had renounced unilateral independence. The PSOE had been pushing the ERC towards an investiture vote before the end of the year.
By Thursday, the talks were calmer again, with both the PSOE and ERC saying privately a deal was close. ERC were waiting to see in writing what the PSOE are finally proposing to persuade them to abstain.