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Spanish King Felipe VI urges Catalonia to avoid confrontation, respect plurality

December 25, 2017 2:38 am
Spanish King Felipe VI urges Catalonia to avoid confrontation, respect plurality

Spanish King Felipe VI delivers his Christmas Eve message at the Royal Palace in Madrid on December 24, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Spain’s King Felipe VI in a Christmas speech on Sunday urged Catalan lawmakers to respect their region’s diversity and avoid another confrontation over independence. Felipe’s remarks came three […]

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Catalan separatists win absolute parliamentary majority

December 21, 2017 2:23 am
Catalan separatists win absolute parliamentary majority

Catalan separatists won a crucial snap poll Thursday, plunging their region into further uncertainty after a failed independence bid rattled Europe and triggered Spain’s worst political crisis in decades. With turnout at a record high and 99.6 percent of the ballots counted, the election handed a mandate back to the […]

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45,000 Catalans march in Brussels to support exiled leader

December 7, 2017 11:30 pm
45,000 Catalans march in Brussels to support exiled leader

A sea of around 45,000 pro-Catalonia protesters have demonstrated in Brussels to show support for the region’s deposed president Carles Puigdemont and urge the European Union to back its drive for independence from Spain. Demonstrators chanted “Wake up Europe!” and waved Catalonia’s red, yellow and blue Estelada separatist flag on […]

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Spanish court withdraws arrest warrants issued for Catalan leaders

December 5, 2017 11:36 pm
Spanish court withdraws arrest warrants issued for Catalan leaders

Catalan leader in exile Carles Puigdemont looks on during a visit to the city of Bruges on November 25, 2017. (AFP photo) A judge in the Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn European and international arrest warrants issued for leaders of an independence movement in northeastern Catalonia region. A Supreme Court […]

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Belgian judge to decide on ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s extradition on December 14

December 4, 2017 8:35 am
Belgian judge to decide on ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s extradition on December 14

Catalonia’s sacked leader Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech during a meeting with Catalan mayors in Brussels on November 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP) A Belgian judge will decide next week whether the ousted Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, should be sent back to Spain to face rebellion charges. Puigdemont’s lawyers said […]

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Catalans must ratify desire for independence: Carles Puigdemont

November 25, 2017 11:00 pm
Catalans must ratify desire for independence: Carles Puigdemont

Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont gives a press conference in Oostkamp, near Bruges, Belgium, on November 25, 2017, to announce his candidacy for the Catalan regional elections and unveil his electoral list for the December 21 vote. (Photo by AFP) Catalonia’s deposed President Carles Puigdemont has initiated his campaign for […]

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Supreme Court of Spain to try deposed Catalan leaders

November 24, 2017 11:00 pm
Supreme Court of Spain to try deposed Catalan leaders

Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont (Photo by AFP) Spain’s Supreme Court has decided to take charge of the cases of all deposed Catalan leaders, maintaining that they were interrelated in the bid for independence Madrid says is illegal. The separatist leaders, who were axed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on […]

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Catalans favor talks with Madrid instead of breaking away from Madrid: Carles Puigdemont’s party

November 23, 2017 10:30 pm
Catalans favor talks with Madrid instead of breaking away from Madrid: Carles Puigdemont’s party

Marta Pascal, member of PdeCAT, the Catalan European Democratic Party, waits for the start of a delayed session of the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on October 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says pro-independence parties in the Spanish region have become more inclined […]

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Catalonia independence bid from Spain enormous concern, a disaster: European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker

November 19, 2017 11:05 am
Catalonia independence bid from Spain enormous concern, a disaster: European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (AFP photo) The European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has lambasted authorities in Spain’s Catalonia region for launching an independence drive, saying it deeply concerns the European Union. Juncker told Spanish newspaper El Pais on Sunday that the EU, Spain and Catalonia, a prosperous region northeast of Spain, […]

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Catalonia’s ex-leader Carles Puigdemont softens tone on secession, says other solutions possible

November 13, 2017 12:30 am
Catalonia’s ex-leader Carles Puigdemont softens tone on secession, says other solutions possible

Former leader of Spain’s Catalonia region Carles Puigdemont (Photo by AFP) Former president of Spain’s Catalonia region, who ran a controversial campaign for independence last month before going to self-imposed exile in Belgium, has softened his tone on the drive, saying he may accept a non-secessionist solution to the crisis […]

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urges Catalans to shun separatists in elections

November 12, 2017 2:37 am
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urges Catalans to shun separatists in elections

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (AFP photo) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has urged people in the northeastern Catalonia region to reject the notable figures of a secession movement and vote them out of office in December 21 elections. “The threat of the separatists is destructive, sad and agonizing. Secessionism has […]

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Tens of thousands of Catalans protest in Barcelona for release of leaders

November 11, 2017 1:49 am
Tens of thousands of Catalans protest in Barcelona for release of leaders

A man holds a Catalan pro-independence “estelada” flag while others hold placards reading, “Freedom,” during a demonstration in Barcelona on November 11, 2017, calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders. (AFP photo) Tens of thousands of people have protested in Catalonia’s main city of Barcelona, urging Spain to release […]

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Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell freed on bail

November 10, 2017 4:55 am
Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell freed on bail

Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell arrives at the Supreme Court in Madrid on November 2, 2017 to be questioned over her efforts to spearhead Catalonia’s independence drive. (Photo by AFP) The sacked speaker of Catalonia’s parliament left a prison near Madrid on Friday hours after supporters posted her bail […]

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Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell in court over secession

November 9, 2017 1:52 am
Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell in court over secession

Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell (L) gestures as she leaves the Supreme Court in Madrid on November 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The speaker of Catalonia’s sacked parliament Carme Forcadell has appeared in court in the latest legal case brought against separatist leaders of the region. Forcadell and five […]

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Catalonia on standstill amid hundreds of pro-independence protests

November 8, 2017 1:51 am
Catalonia on standstill amid hundreds of pro-independence protests

Protesters block the C-32 highway near Sitges, during a general strike in Spain’s Catalonia, on November 8, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Catalonia has been brought to a standstill as hundreds of pro-independence protesters blocked the main roads and halted transportation in the Spanish region. On Wednesday, crowds blocked roads in the regional capital […]

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Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont says Spain was ‘preparing wave of repression, violence’

November 7, 2017 1:02 am
Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont says Spain was ‘preparing wave of repression, violence’

Former leader of Spain’s Catalonia region Carles Puigdemont Former leader of Spain’s Catalonia Carles Puigdemont says he fled the country to Belgium to avoid a “wave of violence” Madrid was preparing against the independence campaign in the region. “I’m absolutely convinced that the Spanish state was preparing a harsh wave […]

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Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, four ex-ministers due in Belgian Court Nov. 17

November 6, 2017 12:15 am
Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, four ex-ministers due in Belgian Court Nov. 17

Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont makes a statement in this still image from video in Brussels, Belgium, November 2, 2017. (Photo by Reuters) Ousted president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and four former ministers are due to appear later this month in a Belgian court, which is hearing the case for […]

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Belgian judge grants ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont provisional release

November 5, 2017 8:00 pm
Belgian judge grants ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont provisional release

A Belgian judge has conditionally released Catalonia’s sacked president, Carles Puigdemont, and four ex-ministers, after they turned themselves to police in Brussels to face possible extradition to Spain over “rebellion” plots. The five Catalan politicians fled to Belgium after Spanish authorities removed them from office in late October. They were […]

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Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, deputies turns self in to Belgian police

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Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, deputies turns self in to Belgian police

This file photo taken on October 27, 2017 shows then Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C) singing the Catalan anthem “Els Segadors” after a Catalan parliament session in Barcelona. (AFP photo) Belgian authorities have in custody the former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his deputies who escaped Spain […]

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Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont return to Spain could take 3 months: Authorities

November 4, 2017 10:00 pm
Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont return to Spain could take 3 months: Authorities

Sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont makes a statement in this still image from a video in Brussels, Belgium, November 2, 2017. (Photo by Reuters) Belgian authorities say it could take three months for deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his associates to be returned to Spain under a European […]

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