Catalan Independence

Gerard Pique confirms Spain retirement...despite approach from former coach Luis Enrique: 'Now I want to focus on Barcelona'

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed he will not play again for the Spanish national team despite his former Barca coach Luis Enrique being …

Soccer

Puigdemont heads back to Belgium to continue with Catalan independence cause

"My political activity will be based in Belgium, of course with the aim of pursuing the mandate by the people" for an independent Catalonia, …

Europe

Puigdemont: time for 'deeds, not gestures' on Catalan independence

Carles Puigdemont has said he will continue to campaign for a sovereign Catalan republic from his self-imposed exile in Belgium, after a Spanish court dropped an international arrest warrant under which he was detained by police in Germany in March.<p>The former Catalan president, who fled to Brussels …

Europe

Spain withdraws international arrest warrants against Puigdemont and other Catalan politicians

Spain's Supreme Court has dropped the European Arrest Warrant for Carles Puigdemont, as well as five other Catalan politicians linked to the planning of the Catalan independence referendum after the subsequent declaration of independence last October.<p>It also decided to drop the extradition of the …

Europe

Former Catalan minister Ponsati's lawyer welcomes Spanish ruling but remains wary

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati's lawyer welcomed a Spanish court's decision to withdraw European Arrest Warrants against Catalan politicians, but said it was unclear whether they would be allowed back.<p>Spain's Supreme Court said on Thursday it had withdrawn European Arrest …

Europe

Spain's Constitutional Court blocks latest Catalan independence motion

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s Constitutional Court said on Tuesday it had blocked a motion approved by Catalonia’s parliament to resume steps to declare independence of the wealthy northeastern region.<p>FILE PHOTO: People hold banners during a protest against the imprisonment of the Catalan separatist …

Europe

Spain to appeal Catalan independence motion ahead of talks

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government said on Friday it would appeal against a motion by Catalonia to press on with its independence drive, as tensions rise ahead of talks between new Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and regional leader Quim Torra.<p>Catalonia's secessionist drive is one of the …

Europe

Santander Says Brexit, Catalan Crisis May Impact Its Business

Banco Santander SA, Spain’s largest bank, said Catalan independence aspirations and Brexit-related uncertainty may have an “adverse material effect” …

Brexit

Mariano Rajoy Resigns As An MP

Former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, soon also to be the former chairman of the Popular Party, has also resigned from his seat in parliament, …

Spain

Sánchez Steals Strategic Positions With New Government

In 2014, the sudden appearance of Podemos at the European elections in May shocked Spanish politics, channelling generational grassroots anger …

Spain

'Many Catalans will support Spain’s opponents at World Cup'

BBC Sport takes an in-depth look at some of the issues facing the teams and the nations competing in Russia.<p>As Spain look to add to their 2010 triumph, how will the divisions between supporters and players surrounding the Catalan independence debate affect the team?

Catalonia

Rajoy To Resign As Leader Of Popular Party

Mariano Rajoy told a meeting of senior leaders in Madrid on Tuesday morning that he will resign as leader of the Popular Party (PP) "as soon as you …

Spain

Catalan independence crisis at top of new Spain PM’s in-tray

Separatist leaders who backed Pedro Sánchez’s bid for PM will now want something in return<p>Mariano Rajoy may have been reluctant to leave office on Friday, but it is unlikely he will miss having to deal with one of the defining issues of his premiership: the Catalan independence question.<p>That …

Europe

Political Bruiser Sánchez Stuns Spain

Forget about what the new socialist government's policies are going to be, because no one really knows yet. Forget about who the new ministers are …

Spain

Assange 'split' Ecuador and Spain over Catalan independence

WikiLeaks founder met separatists and tweeted on the issue, which sources say triggered a backlash from Madrid<p>Julian Assange’s intervention on Catalan independence created a rift between the WikiLeaks founder and the Ecuadorian government, which has hosted Assange for nearly six years in its London …

World News

Carles Puigdemont proposes Quim Torra to head Catalan government | Financial Times

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has proposed his ally Quim Torra as candidate for head of a new Catalan government, potentially ending a …

Europe

Carles Puigdemont: the fight for Catalan independence goes on

Europe

Catalan independence movement ‘seeks to control the unions’

<b>Spain</b><p>El País led with a story claiming that public money was diverted to fund the Catalan independence movement. ABC reported on how the Catalan …

Europe

Spanish authorities under fire over Cup final yellow ban

Police tried to prevent Barcelona fans from displaying support for Catalan independence<p>Madrid (AFP) - Spanish authorities are facing a backlash after …

Soccer

Spain's Escolano Sees Broad Consensus at IMF to Avoid Protectionism – Bloomberg

Spain's Escolano Sees Broad Consensus at IMF to Avoid Protectionism<p>Spain's Escolano Sees Broad Consensus at IMF to Avoid Protectionism<p>Spain's …

Economy

No hit to Spanish growth as a result of Catalan independence, Caixabank chairman says

"2018 is going to prove quite a remarkable year in terms of economic growth" in Spain, Jordi Gual said.

Catalonia

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

MADRID (AFP) -<p>A woman was arrested Tuesday for "rebellion" and "terrorism" in a probe of pro-independence activists in Catalonia who have staged protests such as road blockades, the interior minister said.<p>"There is one arrest, a woman," Juan Ignacio Zoido told Spanish television.<p>"But the operation …

Europe

Opinion: Carles Puigdemont decision is a devastating precedent for Europe

Catalonian ex-president Carles Puigdemont is free. A German court has rejected charges of high treason as grounds for his extradition to Spain — a …

Europe

German court grants Carles Puigdemont bail as extradition for corruption considered

A German court has ruled that Carles Puigdemont can be released on bail until a decision on his extradition to Spain is made. The corruption charge …

Europe

Carles Puigdemont just got bail from a German court

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont left a German prison on bail Friday, after a court ruled he could not be extradited to Spain on charges of rebellion.<p>The 55-year-old activist for Catalan independence was released on €75,000 bail ($92,000), after judges in the German state of …

Europe

Protesters call for Puigdemont's release in Berlin

The National Assembly of Catalonia (ANC) gathered around 300 Catalan independence supporters in front of the Brandenburg Gate to demand the release of the region's former president Carles Puigdemont.<p>Participants waved Catalan flags and banners, which called the Spanish government a dictatorship and …

Europe

German lawyers say Berlin cannot extradite Puigdemont

A lawyer for the embattled ex-president of Catalonia called on German officials on Wednesday to publicly confirm that they will not extradite Carles …

Europe

Carles Puigdemont supporters block roads, plan protests in Catalonia

Protesters all over Catalonia have demonstrated against the detention of Carles Puigdemont in Germany. The rallies are the latest in a string of …

Europe

Catalan independence: Wanted ex-minister Clara Ponsati posts bail in Scotland

Catalonia's former Education Minister Clara Ponsati has been given bail after turning herself in at a police station in Scotland. Meanwhile, Catalan …

Europe

Catalonia: a dilemma for Germany

Carles Puigdemont’s arrest has galvanised a movement that had lost momentum<p>Tue, Mar 27, 2018, 00:10<p>The arrest of the former Catalan first minister, …

Europe