ALEX BELL: Europe watches Catalonia as voters go to the polls

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 15: Junts Per Catalunya party activists attend a rally for the forthcoming Catalan election on December 15, 2017 in Barcelona Spain Catalonia heads into the final week of campaigning before going to the polls on December 21, in an election set to replace or re-elect the deposed separatist leaders, whose secession bid plunged Spain into its worst political crisis in decades. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)