Madrid regional president Cristina Cifuentes steps down over stealing face cream

In this photo taken on April 8, 2018, Madrid’s regional government president Cristina Cifuentes attends the national convention of ruling People’s Party in Sevilla, Spain. (Photo by AFP) The president of Madrid’s regional government, accused of faking a master’s degree, has stepped down after video footage caught her stealing two tubes of anti-aging creams in […]

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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 situation, it will create an […]

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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 situation, it will create an […]

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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, the representatives of the citizens’ […]

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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 parliament, said on Saturday that […]

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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 its secession bid. Puigdemont told […]

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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 end. Addressing lawmakers at the […]

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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 Spanish central government in Madrid. […]

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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 to jail by the order […]

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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. The Catalan leader came under […]

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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. Spain’s monarch, King Felipe VI, […]

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