• head Oct 27, 2019

    From Beirut to Hong Kong, Protests Evoke Global Frustration

    In Hong Kong, it was a complicated extradition dispute involving a murder suspect. In Beirut, it was a proposed tax on the popular WhatsApp messenger service. In Chile, it was a 4-cent hike in subway fares. Recent weeks have seen mass protests and clashes erupt in far-flung places triggered by seemingly minor actions that each came to be seen as...

  • Germany Jun 2, 2018

    Spain's New Leader Faces Catalan Challenges

    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 Catalan secession crisis. Not even two hours after Sanchez had taken his oath to uphold the Spanish Constitution, Catalan chief Quim Torra demanded to meet with Sanchez and speak “government...

  • JUDGE Mar 25, 2018

    Germany Arrests Fugitive Ex-Catalan Leader Who Fled Spain

    Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-leader of Catalonia and ardent separatist, was arrested Sunday by German police on an international warrant as he tried to enter the country from Denmark. Puigdemont was on his way back to Belgium where he has been staying since fleeing Spain following a failed bid by his regional government in October to declare independence from Spain,...

  • JUDGE Nov 5, 2017

    Catalan Ex-President, 4 Others in Custody in Brussels

    Brussels prosecutors said Sunday that ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four ex-regional ministers were taken into custody to start the process of their possible extradition to Spain. The five presented themselves to federal police at around 9 a.m. (0800 GMT; 3 a.m. EST), Brussels prosecutor’s office spokesman Gilles Dejemeppe said. He said that they haven’t been arrested and that...

  • JUDGE Nov 3, 2017

    Spain Judge Jails Catalan Ministers, Mulls Leader's Arrest

    A Spanish prosecutor asked a judge Thursday to issue an international arrest warrant for the former president of Catalonia and four of his ministers after they failed to appear in a Madrid court for questioning about their efforts to break the region away from Spain. Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his 13-member Cabinet were among those summoned to Spain’s...

  • Twitter Oct 31, 2017

    Spain Seeks Rebellion Charges Against Fired Catalan Leaders

    Spain moved Monday to put Catalonia’s secessionist leaders on trial for alleged crimes that carry maximum sentences of decades in prison, and some of the ousted government figures went to the Belgian capital, where an official said they might be able to request asylum. As Catalonia spent its first working day under the direct rule of Madrid, following its regional...

  • President Oct 29, 2017

    Ousted Catalan Leader Vows to Fight Spain's Takeover

    Catalonia’s ousted leader called for peaceful opposition to Spain’s decision to take direct control of the region, saying Saturday that he and other regional officials fired by the central government will keep “working to build a free country.” Carles Puigdemont’s comments, made in a recorded televised address that was broadcast as he sat in a cafe in his hometown of...

  • President Oct 27, 2017

    Spanish PM Fires Catalan Gov't to Halt Secession

    In one of the most momentous days in recent Spanish history, Spain fired Catalonia’s regional government and dissolved its parliament Friday after a defiant Catalan declaration of independence that flouted the country’s constitution. Lawmakers in the Catalan parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence, prompting the swift crackdown by the Spanish government, which also called an early election in the...

  • JUDGE Oct 27, 2017

    Showdown Between Spain and Catalonia Headed to Crunch

    The standoff between Spain and Catalonia over the wealthy region’s bid to secede went down to the wire Thursday, as the Spanish government prepared to strip away Catalan regional powers after its separatist leader scrapped hopes of early elections that might have ended the country’s worst political crisis in decades. After weeks of mounting antagonism, Catalan officials had initially indicated...

  • JUDGE Oct 22, 2017

    Spanish PM Aims to Take Over Catalan Govt; Residents Aghast

    Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia’s separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of the prosperous region that is threatening to secede. Catalonia’s president responded by making a veiled independence threat, telling lawmakers to come up with a plan to counter...

  • President Oct 20, 2017

    Spain's Main Parties Agree Catalan Election Needed After Pro-Independence Catalans Make Cash Withdrawals in Protest

    Spain’s government and the main opposition party agreed Friday to hold a new election in Catalonia in January as part of special measures to try to resolve the country’s deepest political crisis in decades. The move is likely to further inflame tensions between Spain and Catalan pro-independence activists. Catalonia’s government says it has the mandate to secede from Spain after...

  • President Oct 18, 2017

    Catalans Protest Sedition Case, Court Declares Vote Illegal

    Spain’s top court ruled Tuesday that an independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding weight to government efforts to block the region from breaking away from the rest of the country but not persuading demonstrators demanding the release of two jailed separatist activists. The Constitutional Court’s ruling was not a surprise. The Spanish government had repeatedly insisted the referendum was...

  • leader Oct 11, 2017

    Spain Gives Ultimatum to Catalonia: Back Down or Be Punished

    Spanish authorities gave Catalonia’s separatist leader five days to explain whether his ambiguous statement on secession was a formal declaration of independence and warned Wednesday that his answer dictated whether they would apply never-used constitutional powers to curtail the region’s autonomy. Threatening to invoke a section of the Spanish Constitution to assert control over the country’s rogue region, Prime Minister...

  • The Associated Press Oct 11, 2017

    Catalan Leader Stakes Claim to Independence, Then Delays It

    Catalan separatists on Tuesday signed what they called a declaration of independence from Spain to cheers and applause in the regional parliament. The regional leader said he would delay implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue a chance....
    Spain, however, called an emergency Cabinet meeting and gave little indication it is willing to talk....
    In his highly anticipated speech, regional President...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 8, 2017

    Spanish Unionists Find Their Voice in Huge Barcelona Rally

    Spanish unionists in Catalonia finally found their voice on Sunday, resurrecting the Spanish flag as a symbol of patriotism after decades of it being associated with the Franco dictatorship. In a defiant challenge to plans by Catalonia’s regional government to unilaterally declare independence, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Barcelona in a surprising outpouring of Spanish unity....

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 7, 2017

    Thousands Demand Spanish, Catalan Leaders to Negotiate

    Thousands rallied in Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday in a last-ditch call for both Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia’s imminent threat to secede from the rest of Spain. The demonstrations in the Spanish capital and the Catalan city of Barcelona were held simultaneously under the slogan “Shall We Talk?” in an effort to...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 4, 2017

    Catalan Officials Study Date for Independence Declaration

    Catalonia’s regional government is mulling when to declare the region’s independence from Spain in the wake of a disputed referendum that has triggered Spain’s most serious national crisis in decades. The region’s pro-independence president, Carles Puigdemont, who has said an independence declaration will come in a few days, is due to deliver a speech later Wednesday. Spain, which declared Sunday’s...

  • DONALD TRUMP Oct 2, 2017

    'Yes' Side Wins Catalonia Independence Vote Marred by Chaos

    Catalonia’s regional government declared a landslide win for the “yes” side in a disputed referendum on independence from Spain that degenerated into ugly scenes of mayhem on Sunday, with more than 800 people injured as riot police attacked peaceful protesters and unarmed civilians gathered to cast their ballots. Catalonia has “won the right to become an independent state,” Catalan president...

  • DONALD TRUMP Sep 30, 2017

    Separatists Vow to Defy Police Ultimatum Over Catalonia Vote

    Catalonian separatists vowed Saturday to ignore a police ultimatum to leave the schools they are occupying to use in a vote seeking independence from Spain. As police methodically sealed off hundreds of schools, some parents decided to send their children home and girded for pre-dawn confrontations Sunday with police. Tensions rose across the country over the planned vote. In the...

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