Jailed Catalan separatists take seats in Spain’s parliament

The Supreme Court allowed them to attend the opening sessions in Madrid.

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Jailed Catalan separatists allowed to collect credentials at Spanish parliament

The five politicians are in custody pending a trial on rebellion charges.

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Barca defender Pique simply minding his own business

Gerard Pique’s focus as his team took a valuable 1-0 advantage in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at Manchester United was particularly impressive, given the many potential distractions inside the Barcelona defender’s head.

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Catalan independence: Democracy on trial in Spain

There were reasonable grounds for hoping, 15 months ago, that the Catalan separatist leaders jailed and awaiting trial on charges of rebellion and sedition would be freed while a new Spanish government dependent on supply and confidence agreements with Basque and Catalan MPs got on with the essential business of trying to negotiate its way out of the crisis that threatens Spain’s democracy.

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Budget defeat puts Spain Government on the ropes

Catalan separatist and right-wing politicians in the Spanish parliament's lower house have rejected the ruling Socialist government's 2019 budget plan, opening up a new political crisis.

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Trial of Catalan separatist leaders opens amid political crisis in Spain

The defendants are changed in connection with the region’s unilateral declaration of independence in 2017.

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Catalan leader issues ultimatum over independence vote

Failure to get a budget passed could spell the end of Pedro Sanchez’s four-month-old administration and bring a snap election.

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Protesters block traffic one year after controversial Catalan vote

Separatists had called for the demonstration one year after the banned independence referendum.

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Former Catalan leader Puigdemont back in Belgium

Mr Puigdemont fled Spain in October following an illegal declaration of independence.

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Ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont set to return to Belgium

Spain withdrew a European arrest warrant for Mr Puigdemont last week.

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Former Catalan minister has international arrest warrant withdrawn

Professor Ponsati denied the charges against her.

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Spanish judge drops extradition bid for Catalan leaders wanted for rebellion

Carles Puigdemont, the secessionist former president of the region, is among those affected by the ruling.

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Catalonia to regain self-government

The move ends a seven-month takeover by Madrid following separatists’ failed bid to secede from Spain.

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German court rejects call for ex-Catalan leader to be rearrested

Carles Puigdemont was arrested in March after crossing the border from Denmark and Spain was seeking his extradition.

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Catalan academic returns to court in extradition battle

Clara Ponsati, who ‘utterly refutes’ the charges against her, attended a preliminary extradition hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

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Catalan academic continues battle against extradition

Professor Clara Ponsati’s legal team lodged its draft legal submissions ahead of a full hearing set to begin in July.

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Secessionist Torra chosen to lead Catalonia in end to power vacuum

The 55-year-old is a fervent nationalist hand-picked by former leader Carles Puigdemont.

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Separatist set to be voted in as new chief of Catalonia region

Quim Torra has stated that he will keep working towards a Catalan republic independent from Spain.

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Catalan parliament votes to alter laws so fugitive Puigdemont could be president

Catalonia's parliament has voted to change regional laws so that it can elect fugitive former leader Carles Puigdemont as president - even though it is almost certain to be blocked in court.

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Germany refuses medals for officers who arrested Carles Puigdemont

Officials in Germany are refusing to let Spain give medals to German police officers who detained Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont last month.

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Bail approved for ex-Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont by German court

A German court has ruled that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be released on bail pending a decision on his possible extradition to Spain.

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Spanish court charges former Catalan police chief with sedition

The Spanish National Court has charged the former head of Catalonia's regional police and other security officials with sedition over their role in events leading to a banned referendum on independence from Spain.

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German prosecutors ask court to extradite Carles Puigdemont to Spain

Mr Puigdemont was detained in Germany on March 25 as he attempted to drive from Finland to Belgium, where he currently resides.

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Catalan parliament defies Spain again with vote on leader

Catalonia's parliament has passed a symbolic motion affirming the right of the Spanish region's former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to be re-elected to his old job, even though he is in jail and facing a possible trial.

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Former Catalan minister hands herself in to Scottish police

A former Catalan minister facing extradition to Spain has handed herself in for arrest at a Scottish police station.

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German court orders Carles Puigdemont to be held in custody during extradition proceedings

A German court has ordered Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont to be held in custody for the length of extradition proceedings, prosecutors said.

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Catalonia's former president to appear in court in Germany

Catalonia's former president, Carles Puigdemont, is to appear before a court in Germany to determine whether he stays in custody pending further decisions on extradition proceedings.

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Fugitive ex-Catalan leader held by police in Germany

The lawyer for fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says that he is being held by German police.

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Catalonia's parliament suspends vote on jailed candidate

The speaker of Catalonia's parliament has suspended a scheduled vote to elect a jailed separatist leader as the new regional president.

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Carles Puigdemont among 13 Catalan leaders charged with rebellion

Thirteen Catalan separatist politicians, including fugitive president Carles Puigdemont, have been charged with rebellion for their attempt to declare independence from Spain.

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Catalan parliament fails to elect new president

The separatist majority in Catalonia's parliament has failed to elect a regional president, starting a two-month countdown that could end with another regional election in the restive corner of Spain.

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Catalans demand formation of government that will push for secession

Thousands of Catalans rallied in Barcelona on Sunday to demand the formation of a government that will continue a push for their region's secession from the rest of Spain.

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Spanish court refuses freedom request from jailed Catalan separatist

Spain's Supreme Court has turned down a request from a jailed Catalan separatist leader to attend the northeastern region's parliament, where politicians are due to vote on whether to make him president of Catalonia.

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Carles Puigdemont denies giving up on Catalan cause after phone message leak

Fugitive Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has denied he is giving up, following the publication of text messages in which he reportedly said the Spanish government has won the battle in Catalonia.

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Catalan parliament postpone re-election of fugitive leader

Catalan separatist MPs who want to re-elect their fugitive ex-president suffered a setback after the regional parliament's house speaker postponed a vote on the issue.

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Ex-Catalan leader to ask judge over parliament attendance

Catalonia’s fugitive ex-president Carles Puigdemont will soon request permission from a Spanish judge to attend a parliamentary session to form a new regional government, a separatist politician says.

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Spanish king dubs Catalan push for independence as ’undemocratic’

Spain’s King Felipe VI has said the recent Catalan push for independence was an attack on his country’s democratic system, and should serve as a lesson for the world on the need to preserve the rule of law and national sovereignty.

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Carles Puigdemont says return to Catalonia would be ’important step’

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said he hopes to return to Catalonia and believes it would be a good thing toward helping solve the crisis in the Spanish region.

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Latest: Spanish judge decides not to 'provoke arrest' of Carles Puigdemont in Denmark

Latest: A Spanish judge has refused to ask Danish authorities to arrest ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is in Copenhagen to attend a university debate and meet politicians.

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Catalonia independence backers attempt to secure prison release

Three backers of Catalonia's independence have sought to secure release from jail for their role in the region's push to break from Spain which triggered the country's worst political crisis in decades.

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Catalan separatists agree deal to re-elect Carles Puigdemont

Catalonia's main separatist parties have agreed to re-elect fugitive Carles Puigdemont as president of the region later this month.

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Spain pulls police reinforcements back from Catalonia

Thousands of police reinforcements who were deployed to Catalonia in the run-up to an attempted referendum on the region's independence from Spain in October are being withdrawn.

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Spain must understand wish of the Catalan people, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola will wait to "see what happens" following reports he has been named in a Spanish police investigation into the Catalonia independence crisis.

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Catalonia vote weighs on markets

World markets gave a muted reception to the passage of US tax cuts, while bonds steadied having been spooked by the expected blowout in government debt needed to fund the giveaways.

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Separatists claim victory in crucial Catalonia election

The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has claimed victory for the separatist bloc in the regional election.

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Latest: Separatists claim victory in crucial Catalonia regional election

Latest: The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has claimed victory for the separatist bloc in the regional election.

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Catalans vote in regional parliament elections

Voters in Catalonia are facing a momentous choice as they go to the polls in elections for their regional parliament.

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Catalonia’s divided residents head to the polls again

Voters are returning to the polls in Catalonia on Thursday in a regional election called by the Spanish government as a way out of the area’s political crisis.

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Campaigning ends ahead of secession-dominated Catalan election

Political parties for and against Catalonia’s independence from Spain are making a final effort to convince voters as campaigning for a regional election ends.

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Campaigning ends ahead of secession-dominated Catalan election

Political parties for and against Catalonia's independence from Spain are making a final effort to convince voters as campaigning for a regional election comes to an end.

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Catalan martyrs to be sung for some time yet

Thursday’s regional elections in Catalonia provide another test of separatist sentiment after Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s removal of the Catalan government. Barry Kitchener reports from Barcelona as 5.3m people decide whether or not to go to the polls.

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Thousands of pro-independence Catalans rally in Brussels

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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