FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, demonstrators carry a huge Catalan flag during a protest rally demanding independence for Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Spain raised €4.8 billion ($6.2 billion) in a debt auction Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 that saw strong demand and a drop in a benchmark interest rate, a sign that European plans to ease the debt crisis have helped investor confidence. Thursday’s bond sale came as Catalonia regional government president Artur Mas met conservative Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for talks on his demand for greater fiscal powers so that his powerful northeastern region can better manage its debt and deficit burdens. News reports had said that if denied extra fiscal powers Mas would call early regional elections that could turn into a referendum on independence and cause further problems for the central government. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

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FILE - In this  Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, demonstrators carry a huge Catalan flag during a protest rally demanding independence for Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Spain raised €4.8 billion ($6.2 billion) in a debt auction Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 that saw strong demand and a drop in a benchmark interest rate, a sign that European plans to ease the debt crisis have helped investor confidence. Thursday’s bond sale came as Catalonia regional government president Artur Mas met conservative Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for talks on his demand for greater fiscal powers so that his powerful northeastern region can better manage its debt and deficit burdens. News reports had said that if denied extra fiscal powers Mas would call early regional elections that could turn into a referendum on independence and cause further problems for the central government. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2012 file photo, demonstrators carry a huge Catalan flag during a protest rally demanding independence for Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. Spain raised €4.8 billion ($6.2 billion) in a debt auction Thursday Sept. 20, 2012 that saw strong demand and a drop in a benchmark interest rate, a sign that European plans to ease the debt crisis have helped investor confidence. Thursday’s bond sale came as Catalonia regional government president Artur Mas met conservative Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for talks on his demand for greater fiscal powers so that his powerful northeastern region can better manage its debt and deficit burdens. News reports had said that if denied extra fiscal powers Mas would call early regional elections that could turn into a referendum on independence and cause further problems for the central government. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)
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