Debt row fuels Catalan independence calls
20 September 2012 Last updated at 06:42 BST
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is to meet with the Catalan President Arthur Mas on Thursday, amid a clamour for independence in the north east region.
Catalonia has the highest regional debt in Spain - and has almost run out of money.
But many there blame the funding crisis on the Spanish government.
Tom Burridge reports.