Catalonia

Tens of thousands of people from Catalonia are rallying in Brussels to complain about what they see as the European Union’s failure to help them following a failed independence referendum in the Spanish region.

Theresa May backs Spanish PM over handling of Catalonia crisis

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed support for the way her Spanish counterpart is handling the crisis in Catalonia.

Spanish judge withdraws arrest warrant for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont

A Spanish judge has withdrawn the European arrest warrants for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four members of his former cabinet who were fighting extradition from Belgium.

Campaigning begins in Catalan in election as four separatists kept in jail

Campaigning has begun in the regional elections called by Spain's government seeking to quash the Catalan independence movement - with some candidates either in jail or out of the country to avoid arrest.

Ousted Catalan vice-president remains in custody as regional poll approaches

A Spanish judge has ordered that four prominent members of the Catalan independence movement should remain in custody, including the vice-president of the ousted regional government.

Extradition ruling concerning ousted Catalan leader expected on December 14

Catalonia's ousted president Carles Puigdemont and four of his separatist allies should learn whether they can be extradited from Belgium to Spain on December 14, lawyers have said.

Judge frees six Catalan separatists as four face Brussels extradition hearing

A Spanish judge has ordered the release of six Catalan politicians but upheld the jailing of two separatist activists and two other prominent members of the regional government ousted more than a month ago amid an unprecedented independence bid.

Latest: Spanish supreme court will rule on Monday on release bid by Catalan separatists

A Spanish Supreme Court judge will decide on Monday if two Catalan pro-independence activists and eight former members of the separatist regional cabinet ousted over a month ago should be released from custody.

Spanish judge to review jailing orders against Catalan politicians

A Supreme Court judge in Spain is to review jailing orders against eight former members of the ousted Catalan government and two pro-independence activists.

Fugitive Catalan leader launches election campaign from Belgium

The fugitive leader of Catalonia's separatist movement has launched his campaign for the upcoming Catalan elections from Belgium, where he is awaiting extradition.

Jailed Catalan ex-ministers file new appeals for release

The eight jailed members of the ousted Catalan government have filed fresh appeals for release before the National Court.

Leaders of Spain and Belgium meet Catalonia crisis

The prime ministers of Spain and Belgium have held talks over their testy bilateral relations as ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four secessionist allies prepare for an extradition court appearance in Brussels.

Jailed Catalan group leader to run in December election

The jailed leader of the main grassroots group pushing for Catalonia to become independent from Spain has resigned his post and will run as a candidate in the December 21 regional election.

Spanish PM not worried by Catalonia vote foreign tampering fears

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said he is confident his government can handle any possible foreign tampering of upcoming elections in Catalonia amid a secession bid by the prosperous region.

Spanish PM urges Catalans to vote separatists out of office

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has urged Catalans to oust separatists from their regional parliament in the early election he has called for next month.

Carles Puigdemont on his treatment by Spain: 'This is abuse'

The ousted president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, claims Spain has disregarded democracy.

Catalan legislators giving evidence in separatist rebellion probe

Six Catalan legislators are giving evidence before a Spanish judge over claims that they ignored Constitutional Court orders and allowed an independence vote in Catalonia's regional parliament.

Protesters block roads and trains amid general strike in Catalonia

Protesters have blocked roads and stopped commuter trains as Catalonia faces a general strike.

Deposed Catalan president vows to continue independence fight

Catalonia's ousted leader has vowed to prolong the fight for independence from Spain and urged the European Union (EU) to speak out over the jailing of Catalan officials in a rebellion case.

Puigdemont urges European leaders to speak up for Catalan separatists

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has criticised the passivity of European politicians in denouncing the prosecution of dismissed secessionist officials.

Catalan separatist parties urged to run in a pro-independence coalition

A civil society group that spearheaded the Catalan push for secession from Spain wants all of Catalonia’s separatist political parties to run in a pro-independence coalition in regional elections on December 21.

Madrid government compared to Franco regime

The leader of the biggest party in Belgium’s government has said Spain’s governing Popular Party is increasingly harking back to the days of dictator Francisco Franco half a century ago.

Catalan ex-president and former ministers get conditional freedom in Belgium

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four close separatist allies have regained their freedom at the end of a tumultuous week that started when they surrendered in Brussels to face possible extradition to Spain for allegedly plotting a rebellion.

No politics involved in Carles Puigdemont arrest warrant, says Belgian minister

Belgium's justice minister has said his government will have no influence over the future of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont after Spain issued a European warrant for his arrest.

Judge issues Euro Arrest Warrant for Carles Puigdemont, Spain calls December 21 election

A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s ousted leader a day after the jailing of nine former members of the region’s separatist government.

Spanish judge mulls arrest warrant for ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

A Spanish judge is deliberating on whether to issue an international arrest warrant for Catalonia's ousted leader a day after she jailed nine former members of the region's separatist government.

Catalan jailings are a serious mistake says Puigdemont

Mr Puigdemont and several ousted Cabinet members remain in Brussels, where he said they are seeking "safety and freedom" while judges back in Spain investigate them for pushing Catalan secession.

Ousted Catalan leader will remain in Belgium and skip Spanish court date

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont will not return to Spain for questioning on Thursday by a national court judge in Madrid, his Belgian lawyer said, suggesting his client could be questioned in Belgium instead.

Latest: Belgium vows to keep Spain informed over 'current circumstances'

Latest: The Belgian government has said it will keep in contact with the Spanish authorities about the stay of ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on its territory.

'I personally believe in Catalonian independence' says John Halligan

One of Ireland's senior Government members says he believes in Catalan independence, but it has to be peaceful.