Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days. That's according to the leader of the autonomous region Carles Puigdemont.

In his first interview since a disputed vote on sunday, Mr. Puigdemont said his government would "act at the end of this week or the beginning of next".

Meanwhile, Spain's King Felipe said the vote's organisers had put themselves "outside the law" but that the situation in Spain was "extremely serious", calling for unity.

Tensions between Spain and the north-eastern Catalonia region has continued to be on the rise.