• Supreme Court Feb 10, 2019

    Right-Wingers Rally in Madrid, Demand Socialist PM Resign

    Thousands of Spaniards joined a right-wing rally in Madrid on Sunday to demand that Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez step down. Many in the crowd gathered in the capital’s Plaza de Colon, waving Spanish flags. They chanted slogans in favor of the nation’s security forces and for Sanchez to resign. The conservative opposition Popular Party and the center-right Citizens party...

  • 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...

  • Prime Minister Jun 2, 2018

    Spain Government Poised to Fall, Socialists Set to Take Helm

    Spain’s conservative government appeared doomed Thursday to lose a no-confidence vote in parliament, with the center-left Socialist party poised to take power. A Basque nationalist party’s announcement that it would vote in favor of the motion spelled the almost certain end of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s mandate and foretold the stunning collapse of his minority government in a parliamentary vote...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • European Union Oct 2, 2017

    Catalonia Urges Mediation With Spain in Secession Dispute

    Catalonia’s leader called Monday for international mediation and for the European Union “to stop looking the other way” in the region’s bid to secede from Spain, a day after a violent crackdown by Spanish police trying to block an independence referendum left hundreds bruised. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont also said a special commission would investigate why Spanish police fired rubber...

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