Splits between Catalonia's separatist parties are threatening to derail the region's push for independence following an election that forced Artur Mas, the regional president, to seek alliances to govern.
Voters overwhelmingly supported the path to independence, giving two-thirds of the seats in parliament to separatist-minded parties, but they punished Mr Mas's CIU, which failed to win an absolute majority.
Both the centre-right CIU and the left-wing ERC want a self-rule plebiscite, but there are divisions on almost every other issue. The ERC opposes the austerity cuts the CIU has introduced during its two years in power. (© Daily Telegraph, London)