Bank of Spain figures show that the country’s public debt is now worth more than the value of the economy.

The bank said Wednesday that Spain’s public debt stockpile stood at 1.09 trillion euros ($1.23 trillion) in the first quarter of the year. That represents 101 percent of the country’s annual GDP — 1.08 trillion euros — in 2015.

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Madrid has sacked its envoy to Brussels after it emerged that he had failed to do any work during his tenure – even contacting the Belgian government. Yet, he is alleged to have never missed a mass while discouraging staff from doing anything meaningful.

The ministry said that Ambassador Ignacio Jesús Matellanes Martínez had “burnt all his bridges” with Belgium, adding the he had been dismissed for “absenteeism and abuse of power.”

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Two days after controversial elections in which pro-independence forces won a majority in Catalonia’s parliament, regional leader Artur Mas has been summoned to appear in court to answer accusations of civil disobedience for holding a non-binding referendum on Catalan sovereignty last November.

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Separatists on Sunday won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia’s parliament in an election that sets the region on a collision course with Spain’s central government over independence.

“Catalans have voted yes to independence,” acting regional government head Artur Mas told supporters, with secessionist parties securing 72 out of 135 seats in the powerful region of 7.5 million people that includes Barcelona.

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