Carles Puigdemont, who is expected to declare independence this evening. | Yves Herman
Biel Barceló, the government's vice-president, spoke yesterday about the situation in Catalonia. In a television interview he said that there is concern in the Balearics because of "historical, economic, social and linguistic links with Catalonia". He added: "The position of the Balearic government is that, if international mediation is needed, then this should happen."