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Catalans favor talks with Madrid instead of breaking away from Madrid: Carles Puigdemont’s party

November 23, 2017 10:30 pm
Catalans favor talks with Madrid instead of breaking away from Madrid: Carles Puigdemont’s party

Marta Pascal, member of PdeCAT, the Catalan European Democratic Party, waits for the start of a delayed session of the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on October 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says pro-independence parties in the Spanish region have become more inclined […]

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More than 200,000 Spaniards urge ban on National Francisco Franco Foundation

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More than 200,000 Spaniards urge ban on National Francisco Franco Foundation

A man holds a sign reading “Rajoy, Mussolini, Hitler and Franco, the people are no longer here. Yes.” next to protesters during a protest outside the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on November 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP) More than 200,000 Spaniards have signed a petition filed in parliament asking the […]

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Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont warns of escalating crisis with Madrid

October 26, 2017 4:44 pm
Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont warns of escalating crisis with Madrid

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont gives a speech at the region’s parliament in Barcelona, October 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The leader of Spain’s semi-autonomous Catalonia region has warned of an escalating crisis with Madrid over the region’s continued ambitions for independence. “To solve what the government has called an extraordinary serious […]

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Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont warns of escalating crisis with Madrid

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Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont  warns of escalating crisis with Madrid

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont gives a speech at the region’s parliament in Barcelona, October 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The leader of Spain’s semi-autonomous Catalonia region has warned of an escalating crisis with Madrid over the region’s continued ambitions for independence. “To solve what the government has called an extraordinary serious […]

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Catalonia cannot accept control from Madrid: Regional President Carles Puigdemont

October 22, 2017 3:31 am
Catalonia cannot accept control from Madrid: Regional President Carles Puigdemont

Protesters wave pro-independence Catalan Estelada flags during a demonstration in Barcelona on October 21, 2017. (Photos by AFP) Catalonians cannot accept the central government’s “illegal” move of imposing direct rule on Barcelona, says regional President Carles Puigdemont. “I ask the parliament to meet in a plenary session during which we, […]

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Catalan parliament resists Madrid pressure, vows to defend sovereignty

October 21, 2017 8:30 pm
Catalan parliament resists Madrid pressure, vows to defend sovereignty

President of the Catalan parliament Carme Forcadell (AFP photo) The parliament in Catalonia has harshly criticized the Spanish government for its intentions to take over the regional powers, saying it would do its utmost to defend sovereignty of the independence-seeking territory. Carme Forcadell, who serves as the speaker of the […]

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Madrid to dissolve Catalonia parliament, hold elections

October 20, 2017 6:15 pm
Madrid to dissolve Catalonia parliament, hold elections

A Spanish flag flutters atop the Catalan regional parliament building in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The Spanish government has secured opposition support to dissolve Catalonia’s parliament and hold new elections there in January in an effort to defuse the regional government’s push for independence. The main […]

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Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont defiant as Madrid-set deadline arrives

October 19, 2017 10:26 am
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont defiant as Madrid-set deadline arrives

Catalan Regional Government President Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech in Barcelona, October 15, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has threatened to formally declare independence if Spain moves to suspend the region’s autonomy, a regional government source says, as a Madrid-imposed deadline arrives for Catalonia to unambiguously drop […]

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warns Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to drop secession bid

October 18, 2017 5:00 pm
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warns Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to drop secession bid

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks at the parliament in Madrid, October 18, 2017. (Photo by Reuters) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned the regional president of Catalonia to “act sensibly” and renounce his push for a breakup with Madrid, 24 hours before a final ultimatum comes to an […]

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Catalan leaders, thousands of people hold rally to protest detention of two leaders

October 17, 2017 4:00 pm
Catalan leaders, thousands of people hold rally to protest detention of two leaders

Catalan leaders and thousands of people have held protesting rallies across Catalonia to express their strong dissent against the arrest of two of the autonomous region’s prominent leaders by security forces, more than two weeks after the rich region held a controversial referendum on independence in open defiance of the […]

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Madrid jails two Catalan leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart over charges of inciting sedition

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Madrid jails two Catalan leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart over charges of inciting sedition

Catalan National Assembly (ANC) president Jordi Sanchez (C), and Pro-independence Catalan Omnium cultural language association president Jordi Cuixart (L), who are under investigation for sedition, wave as they arrive at the High Court in Madrid on October 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Two prominent Catalan independence leaders have been sent […]

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Allies press Carles Puigdemont to declare Catalonia full independence, ignore Madrid ultimatium

October 14, 2017 11:00 am
Allies press Carles Puigdemont to declare Catalonia full independence, ignore Madrid ultimatium

Catalan Regional President Carles Puigdemont gives a speech at the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Pro-independence parties in Catalonia have called on regional President Carles Puigdemont to declare full independence from Madrid and ignore a threat of direct rule from the Spanish government. […]

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Spaniards rally in Madrid and Barcelona to show unity after banned referendum of Catalonia

October 13, 2017 8:43 am
Spaniards rally in Madrid and Barcelona to show unity after banned referendum of Catalonia

People have taken to the streets of the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona on the Spanish National Day in a sign of unity following a banned referendum on independence for Spain’s autonomous Catalonia region. The Dia de la Hispanidad occasion on Thursday saw a customary military parade in Madrid. […]

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Spain’s government, opposition to study constitutional reform

October 11, 2017 8:30 pm
Spain’s government, opposition to study constitutional reform

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) shakes hands with Spanish Socialist Party PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez prior to holding a meeting at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on October 2, 2017. (Photo by AFP) Spain’s government and main opposition Socialists have agreed to study reforming the constitution to try to […]

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Carles Puigdemont declares Catalonia independence then suspends it for talks with Madrid

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Carles Puigdemont declares Catalonia independence then suspends it for talks with Madrid

Supporters of an independence for Catalonia listen to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont’s speech broadcasted on a television screen at the Arc de Triomf (Triumphal Arch) in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The government in Madrid has dismissed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s calls for talks after he declared Catalonia’s […]

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