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Catalan leader goes on trial for 'defying state' over independence ballot

The former head of Catalonia's regional government went on trial in Barcelona on Monday accused of defying the authority of the Spanish state and organising a vote on the region's independence.<p>The five-day trial is likely to inflame longstanding tensions between the central government and the …

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Weber says EU wouldn't accept Catalan independence

The leader of the European Parliament's center-right bloc says the EU would not accept Catalan independence, Spanish media report. German MEP Manfred …

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Ex-Catalan leader on trial for ignoring independence referendum ban

Artur Mas, who stepped down as president of the regional government last year, faces a 10-year ban from holding public office for disobedience and …

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Ex-Catalan president goes on trial over symbolic independence vote

A defiant Artur Mas, the former Catalan president says he has nothing to apologise for as he goes on trial today for his role in the symbolic independence referendum staged in the region three years ago.<p>The vote was held in defiance of Spain’s constitutional court and Mas could face a 10-year ban …

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George Kerevan: Catalonia’s vote on indy will have consequences for Scots and the EU

To its great credit, Spain made the painful transition to democracy after Franco’s death in 1976 and has successfully defused political violence in …

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The men behind Catalonia's separatist push

In January 2016, Carles Puigdemont took over from Artur Mas to lead the regional government of Catalonia.<p>The controversial Mas had stepped aside to end months of deadlock between his secessionist alliance and far-left lawmakers. It was a dramatic move, but the only way to secure the absolute …

Supporters protest as trial of Catalan leader begins

The former head of Catalonia's regional government, Artur Mas, has gone on trial in Barcelona alongside two aides. He faces a 10-year political ban …

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