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Riots darken Catalan separatist dream of peaceful secession

The separatist movement in northeastern Spain has been rocked by violent outbursts from its most radical elements after the sentencing of several leaders to lengthy prison sentences.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid likely to be moved to December

This month’s Spanish league “clasico” match between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to be postponed until December because of a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital.


Spanish government readies measures amid Catalonia violence

Spain’s government said Wednesday it would do whatever it takes to stamp out violence in Catalonia, where clashes between regional independence supporters and police have injured more than 200 people …


Massive rally for Catalonia’s secession in Barcelona

Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards who support the secession of Catalonia gathered in Barcelona on the region’s main holiday Wednesday, just weeks before a highly anticipated verdict in a case …


Wildfire in Spain rages for third day amid heatwave

Firefighters and aircraft battled for a third straight day Friday to contain a major wildfire that started in a pile of chicken dung and raced across the hills of northeastern …


Clashes erupt as Spanish Cabinet holds meeting in Catalonia

Thousands of pro-independence protesters angry about Spain’s Cabinet holding a meeting in Catalonia blocked roads across the region Friday and clashed with anti-riot police in its capital.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018

Catalan separatists clash with police as tensions mount

Clashes between Catalan separatists and police in Barcelona left 14 people injured and led to six arrests Saturday as tensions boiled over days before the anniversary of the Spanish region’s …


Spain: Judge drops extradition bids for 6 Catalan fugitives

A Spanish Supreme Court judge on Thursday dropped extradition requests for six politicians wanted on rebellion charges for their roles in promoting independence for Spain’s Catalonia region, including former regional …


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018

Sworn in as Spain’s leader, Sanchez faces Catalan conundrum

New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had been barely sworn in Saturday before one of the country’s most critical issues facing his fragile government was pressed upon him: ending the …


Catalonia’s lawmakers pick fervent separatist as new chief

Lawmakers in Catalonia elected a fervent separatist as the new chief of the restive region Monday, ending a leadership vacuum of more than six months and setting the scene for …


UPDATED: Sun., May 13, 2018

Catalonia’s radical separatists clear way for new leader

Catalonia’s most uncompromising separatists said Sunday that they won’t block the former leader of a pro-independence group from being elected as the restive Spanish region’s new leader.


Former Catalan leader calls for dialogue with Spain

Fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Saturday made a renewed call for Spanish authorities to open negotiations over Catalonia’s secession claim, a day after he was released from a …


Catalonia’s defiant ex-leader freed on bail from German jail

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont walked out of a German prison Friday after posting $92,000 bail, demanding that Spanish authorities release fellow Catalan separatists and open a dialogue on his …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018

Ecuador cuts WikiLeaks founder Assange’s internet at embassy

Ecuador’s government said Wednesday it has cut off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s internet connection at the nation’s London embassy after his recent activity on social media decrying the arrest of …


Catalonia’s Puigdemont to be brought before judge in Germany

Catalonia’s former president, Carles Puigdemont, was to be brought before a court in Germany on Monday for an initial hearing on whether he stays in custody, kicking off an extradition …


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018

Catalan ex-leader’s capture in Germany sparks mass protests

Five months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia’s former president was detained in Germany on an international warrant Sunday by highway police after the ardent separatist crossed …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018

Catalonia’s parliament suspends vote on jailed candidate

The speaker of Catalonia’s parliament suspended a scheduled vote Saturday to elect a jailed separatist leader as the new regional president of the restive northeastern corner of Spain.


Spain charges 13 Catalan leaders with rebellion

A Spanish Supreme Court judge on Friday charged 13 Catalan separatist politicians, including fugitive former regional president Carles Puigdemont, with rebellion for their attempt to declare independence from Spain.


Catalonia lawmakers to vote on leader facing rebellion probe

The parliament in Catalonia has scheduled a Thursday vote to elect as the Spanish region’s next president a former separatist minister who could be indicted on rebellion charges hours later.


Spanish unionist rally mocks Catalan separatist movement

Thousands of Spaniards joined a rally in Barcelona on Sunday in response to a call by a grassroots group that uses humor to mock Catalonia’s separatist push.


Catalan politicians in Spanish court in secession probe

A Spain Supreme Court judge set bail Monday for a prominent Catalan politician who faced possible jailing during the ongoing investigation of people involved in the Catalonia region’s push for …


Catalan parliament postpones re-election of fugitive leader

Catalan separatist lawmakers who want to re-elect their fugitive ex-president suffered a setback Tuesday when the house speaker postponed a planned regional parliament meeting, saying it wouldn’t take place until …


Fugitive Catalan chief seeks parliament protection for vote

Catalonia’s fugitive ex-president, Carles Puigdemont, asked the region’s parliament on Monday to guarantee his right to attend a session this week in which he hopes to be re-elected government leader, …


Spain to seek Catalan politician’s arrest on Denmark visit

The office of Spain’s state prosecutor said Sunday it will move to reissue a European arrest warrant for the fugitive former leader of Catalonia if he leaves Belgium and enters …


Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to Denmark

Catalonia’s former president, a fugitive sought by Spain over a foiled secession bid, will travel to Denmark next week for a university debate despite the possible risk of arrest, officials …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018

Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont faced additional obstacles Monday in his attempt to stand for his old job from his bolt hole in Belgium.


Catalan separatists agree deal to re-elect Puigdemont

Catalonia’s main separatist parties said Wednesday they have agreed to re-elect fugitive Carles Puigdemont as president of the region later this month, although how to make that legally possible is …


Former Catalan leader quits as pro-independence party chief

Former Catalan president Artur Mas announced Tuesday he is resigning as head of his regional pro-independence party, saying he wants to clear the way for a new generation of leaders …


Spanish court keeps ex-Catalan vice president in jail

Spain’s Supreme Court judges ruled Friday to keep Catalonia’s ousted vice president in jail while he is being investigated for rebellion and other charges stemming from the restive region’s drive …


Fugitive ex-Catalan leader calls on talks with Spain

The former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called Friday for talks with his adversary, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, following snap regional elections that gave pro-independence parties a parliamentary majority.