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"There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action," the BBC quotes Tusk as saying.

He was speaking at a joint news conference with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Mr Tusk's remarks came hours after Spain said it was beginning the process of imposing direct rule on the autonomous region.

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"There is no hiding that the situation in Spain is concerning, but our position... is clear."