A woman walks past a banner by pro-independence youth organisation Ernai, reading "Basque Country Catalonia. Two Peoples, One Fight" in the Basque town of Guernica, Spain September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Vincent West
MADRID – 15 September 2017: The Spanish government said on Friday it had passed measures to increase control over how Catalonia spends its money in an effort to block the regional government from using state cash to pay for an illegal independence referendum.
"These measures are to guarantee that not one euro will go toward financing illegal acts," Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro said following the weekly cabinet meeting.