Carles Puigdemont

Who’s a Spaniard These Days?

BARCELONA, Spain — I had just turned 25 when I left Spain in 1987 and went to the United States to become an American writer. But during the years I spent in America, I discovered the most extraordinary thing: I was Spanish, and therefore I couldn’t escape doing what every Spaniard is supposed to …

Opinion

Catalonia election: Puigdemont addresses separatist supports via satellite

Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont and his supporters have held a major rally ahead of next week's snap regional poll.<p>Puigdemont, addressed Friday's campaign event in Barcelona via video from Brussels, where he fled following the region's unilateral declaration of independence in late …

Catalonia

Election will determine the balance of power in Catalonia

Calling an election in Catalonia following its failed bid for independence was a bold move by Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy. As election date nears, the …

Mariano Rajoy

Catalan Election Will Fail to Resolve Political Crisis, Says Poll

<b>Madrid:</b> An election in Catalonia will fail to conclusively resolve a political crisis over an independence drive in the region, the final surveys …

Rajoy Hopes to Return Catalonia to ‘Normality’ With an Abnormal Election

BRUSSELS — The ousted leader of Catalonia recently addressed a rally of separatist voters in a packed theater in the Catalan city of Igualada. He was not among his separatist supporters, but spoke via satellite from hundreds of miles away: in Belgium.<p>The long-distance campaign for re-election by …

News

Big Read: Catalonia crisis splits families and friends

<i>Ahead of the December 21 regional elections in Catalonia, we’re republishing this on-the-street piece from Barcelona. George is also looking for your</i> …

World News

Latest polls show Catalan separatists could lose absolute majority in vote

Five new polls published on Friday put the three separatist lists on course to win 63 to 69 seats in the 135-seat parliament on December 21, with 68 …

Spain

'Like the Civil War without the bombs': Catalonia's messy vote

<b>Barcelona, Spain (CNN) —</b> In an apartment off Barcelona's Passeig de Gracia shopping avenue, Rosario Caceres debated with her grandson over Catalonia's bid for independence from Spain.<p>The 95-year-old lived through the Spanish Civil War, and then the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco, who …

Justice

Gerard Pique: 'Sometimes I am criticised for what I say, but I am not worried'

In the age of the footballer as a global superstar, there are very few who choose to make life more complicated for themselves by offering up their political opinion, but then Gerard Pique could always say that his life has been that bit different to the rest.<p>At Barcelona, he has won it all – three …

Soccer

Spanish man 'killed for wearing colours of national flag on his braces in row over nationalism' ahead of Catalonia election

A man was beaten to death for wearing the colours of the Spanish flag on his braces, police say, ahead of elections in Catalonia where …

Oriol Junqueras

[Agenda] Catalonia, Brexit, and Uber on EU agenda This WEEK

Eleven parties are be running, including Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia), led by the former president of the regional government Carles …

European News

Catalan separatists raise spectre of Franco

Friends and relatives of former Franco minister Jose Utrera Molina singing the "Cara al Sol" (Facing the sun), anthem of the fascist political party …

News (South Africa)

Catalonia prepares to vote yet again

ON A mild evening this week about 300 people gathered in a park in Cornellà de Llobregat, a suburb in Barcelona’s industrial belt, to hear Ines …

Economics

Catalan secessionists face steepest challenge in Barcelona's bruised beltway

Anti-independence campaigners are making inroads in Cornellà, a Barcelona suburb where many come from other parts of Spain<p>You won’t find Cornellà in a guide book. It lies to the south of Barcelona, just off the motorway and close to the airport, a town whose tower blocks house 86,000 souls, more …

Spain

Catalan independence dispute is allowing terrorism to breed, warns former French prime minister

Catalan politicians divided by the independence crisis must put aside internal disputes to tackle the growth of Salafist jihadism before there are further attacks in the region, Manuel Valls, the former French prime minister, said on Wednesday.<p>In an attack on the independence project, Mr Valls said …

News

Analysis: Does Spain need to reform its constitution?

<b>Key figures from Spain’s political class, including the Socialist Party, are calling for constitutional reform in Spain. What type of reform could be</b> …

Spain

Spanish court orders seizure of ex-Catalan leader's home

In September the court had ordered Mas and eight other top Catalan officials to pay 4.8 million euros ($5.6 million) with interest of €400,000 to …

Spain

Catalonia’s New Conflict Echoes in the Halls of an Old Prison

BARCELONA — Catalonia is no stranger to political strife. The Spanish government’s clampdown on the northeastern region’s independence drive is only the latest conflict to visit Catalans.<p>And if there is one place where the archaeology of those many conflicts can be uncovered, it is in the cells of …

World News

Scuffles break out as art is 'plundered' from Catalan museum

The pre-dawn operation comes amid simmering tensions between Spain's central government and Catalonia over the wealthy region's independence drive, …

Spain

Macron’s One Planet — Frozen vertical meat spits — Brexit and diversity

<b>HAPPY HANUKKAH!</b> The eight-day Jewish holiday begins this evening.<p><b>MAKE THE PLANET — AND PRESIDENT MACRON — GREAT AGAIN</b><p>French President Emmanuel Macron …

Brexit

Nuns’ Funeral Casks Become Latest Flashpoint in Catalan Dispute

The removal of religious artifacts from a Catalan museum has become the latest flashpoint in the region’s independence dispute.<p>Police scuffled with …

Spain

Catalan protesters clash with police over plunder of religious artefacts | Reuters

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Protesters clashed with police trying to reclaim disputed religious artefacts from a museum in Catalonia on Monday, in the …

Mariano Rajoy

Catalan museum art seizure sparks separatist ire

Michael Stothard in Madrid<p>December 11, 2017<p>Spanish authorities have outraged Catalan separatists with a dramatic assertion of their direct control …

Spain

Catalonia independence: Spain removes art work from Lleida

<b>Police in Spain's Catalonia region have begun transferring medieval artefacts on Madrid's orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon.</b><p>The operation, which started before dawn on Monday, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery.<p>Aragon …

Spain

Scuffles break out as artworks removed from Catalan city's museum

Police clash with protesters in Lleida as 44 works of art at centre of dispute between Catalonia and region of Aragón are removed<p>Scuffles have broken out between police and demonstrators after hundreds of people gathered outside a museum in the Catalan city of Lleida to protest against the removal …

News

Madrid removes artwork in Catalonia amid ownership dispute

Spanish police on Monday removed medieval artifacts from a museum in the region of Catalonia amid an ownership battle with the neighboring region of …

Spain

Catalan separatist focuses on fairer society over independence

Michael Stothard in Barcelona<p>December 11, 2017<p>With some candidates in exile and others running their campaigns from prison, the Catalan elections in …

Oriol Junqueras

Catalan separatists to lose majority in tight election: poll

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's independence movement could suffer a serious setback in elections this month, according to a poll published on Sunday, which suggests separatist parties will narrowly fail to secure a majority in the regional parliament.<p>The three parties which supported Catalonia's …

World News

Catalonia’s media drop impartiality for independence

The starkly divergent news agendas promoted in Madrid and Barcelona expose the crisis that state-funded journalism can face when the political stakes rise<p>Some fundamental media questions can never be definitively answered. One is: who should be allowed to own a newspaper or news organisation? …