A majority of lawmakers in the Spanish parliament rejected the government's proposed budget today. For months, Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez tried to get the necessary votes from Catalan parties for this crucial vote, but he broke off talks last week after ruling out concessions. With the budget rejected, Spain is bracing for a snap election, probably in April. Sánchez may confirm the date on Friday. The majority that helped him oust the conservatives from power and become president is broken, but PSOE warns that the alternative could be worse for Catalonia.