Catalonia

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.

Catalonia’s referendum lacked democratic legitimacy

The Catalans’ decision to declare independence showed contempt for democratic norms, writes Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt.

Local nationalism could eventually derail the EU

The current crisis in Catalonia is just one of a number of separatist issues being looked on with disfavour and alarm in Europe’s corridors of power, writes John Lloyd    

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.

Catalonia: Ideas can’t be locked up

HERE’S some fake news … pro-independence ministers in a Russian provincial government have spent their first night in a Moscow prison, pending a possible criminal charge of using public funds to incite rebellion and sedition. 

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.

Graphic: The economics of the Catalan crisis

While Catalonia makes a substantial contribution to the overall Spanish economy, generating more than €223 billion last year, it pays about €10 billion more in taxes to Madrid than it gets back.

Catalan leader travels to Brussels as sedition charges mooted

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has travelled to Brussels, Spanish government officials said.

Catalonia's civil servants return to work as Spain takes ’direct control’

Catalonia’s civil servants have returned to work for the first time since Spain’s central government rejected an independence declaration by imposing direct control.

Catalans pledge wave of civil disobedience

Silver-haired activists armed with a broom and a bucket quietly plastered posters on walls saying "Hola nou pais" - "Hello new country", as the last customers finished their drinks at pavement cafes on a warm October night.

Hundreds of thousands march for Spanish unity after Catalonia independence vote

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona to voice their opposition to the region's declaration of independence.

Latest: Peaceful demonstration so far as hundreds of thousands rally in Barcelona

Organisers said the goal of today's march was to defend Spain's unity and reject "an unprecedented attack in the history of democracy".

Ireland will not recognise Catalonia's declaration of independence

“Ireland respects the constitutional and territorial integrity of Spain.”

Latest: Catalans urged to peacefully protest as Spain takes direct control

Latest: Catalonia's separatist leader has called on Catalans to peacefully oppose Spain's takeover.

Foreign Affairs Dept warns Irish people to be ready to change plans if going to Spain

The Department of Foreign Affairs has warned Irish people planning to visit Spain to be prepared to adjust their travel plans at short notice if necessary.

UK 'will not recognise Catalan parliament's independence declaration'

Britain will not recognise the Catalan parliament's declaration of independence from Spain, Downing Street has said.

Latest: Madrid sacks Catalonia's cabinet and calls election for the region

Latest: The Spanish government has sacked Catalonia's cabinet after the region voted for independence from Madrid, prime minister Mariano Rajoy has said.