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Vast crowds demand Catalan independence from Spain

Barcelona - Hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets on Sunday to demand their region break away from Spain, pressuring pro-independence leaders to unite and iron out differences over their secession plan.

Madrid ups ante against Catalan separatist lawmakers

Madrid - Spain asked the Constitutional Court Friday to nullify a text approved by Catalonia's parliament urging the region to push ahead with its independence drive, warning separatist lawmakers of severe consequences.

Catalan parliament defies court in secession drive

Barcelona - Catalan lawmakers defied Spain's Constitutional Court Wednesday and approved a text calling on the region to push ahead with its bid to forge a separate state with or without Madrid's approval.

Spain interior minister faces calls to resign over leak

Madrid - Spain's interior minister faced calls to resign Wednesday over a conversation leaked four days before elections in which he appears to discuss with an anti-fraud official ways to incriminate his political rivals.

Catalans worn down by long independence drive

Barcelona - The vivid red and yellow Catalan separatist flag is a familiar and colourful sight on balconies across Barcelona, though many have become faded and torn over the years.

Catalonia's pro-independence coalition breaks down

Barcelona - The pro-independence coalition ruling Spain's Catalonia broke down Wednesday after its most radical component refused to back the government budget, forcing the regional president to call a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

Catalonia pushes ahead quietly with independence plan

Barcelona - Catalonia is pushing ahead more slowly than expected with its independence plan as separatist leaders change tactics and avoid direct confrontation with Madrid in their bid to break away from Spain.

Spain PM holds talks with Catalonia's separatist leader

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met Catalonia's separatist leader on Wednesday, a first in nearly two years as controversy rages over an independence drive in the wealthy, northeastern region.

Catalonia leader rules out independence during mandate

Barcelona - The secessionist leader of Spain's Catalonia has ruled out any declaration of independence for the wealthy northeastern region during his mandate, in comments likely to see Madrid breathe a sigh of relief.

Catalonia's new secessionist leader takes office

Barcelona - Catalonia's new fiercely secessionist president Carles Puigdemont took office Tuesday with a clear mandate to lead the wealthy Spanish region towards independence from Madrid -- carefully avoiding swearing loyalty to Spain as he was inaugurated.

Catalonia elects new leader tasked with breakaway from Spain

Barcelona - A fiercely secessionist leader was elected president of the wealthy region of Catalonia thanks to a last-minute show of unity, giving fresh impetus to attempts to break away from Spain after months of infighting.

PM Rajoy says will fight for Spain unity ahead of Catalan leader vote

Madrid - Spain's incumbent Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday he would fight for his country's unity as the parliament in Catalonia prepared to vote in a new regional secessionist leader.

Catalonia's leader-to-be, pro-independence 'since he can remember'

Barcelona - Carles Puigdemont, the man who has been chosen to lead Catalonia to independence from Spain, has always been a convinced secessionist in stark contrast to his predecessor who only belatedly converted to nationalism.

Catalonia's leader-to-be calls for independence process to start

Barcelona - Carles Puigdemont, who has been chosen to lead Catalonia to independence from Spain, called Sunday for the secession process to start in his first speech to local lawmakers as they were on the verge of voting him in as new regional leader."We need...

Catalan separatists agree to form regional govt after Mas steps aside

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatists on Saturday struck a last-minute agreement to form a new regional government that will work towards independence from Spain, with controversial secessionist leader Artur Mas stepping aside to seal the deal.

Catalonia's separatist leader 'ready' to call fresh elections

Barcelona - Catalonia's outgoing separatist leader Artur Mas said Tuesday he was reluctantly "ready" to call fresh parliamentary elections, with the Spanish region's secessionist faction unable to agree on who should lead a new government after winning September's...

Catalonia's embattled, outgoing leader vows to struggle on

Barcelona - Catalonia's outgoing separatist president Artur Mas, whose months-long bid to be re-appointed as head of the Spanish region appeared to have been thwarted at the weekend, said Monday he would not give up.

Catalan separatist drive halted as Mas fails to form govt

Madrid - Catalan separatists on Sunday appeared incapable of forming a government following intractable divisions over the identity of the region's future president in a move likely to trigger fresh elections.

Catalan party delays key decision on backing separatist government

Barcelona - A far-left Catalan separatist party on Sunday put off until January 2 a decision on whether to back the formation of a new government led by outgoing regional president Artur Mas that would work towards breaking away from Spain.

Catalan separatists make final bid to form government

Barcelona - Catalonia's main separatist alliance on Tuesday presented its final proposal to a smaller far-left party for the formation of a new regional government region that would work towards secession from Spain.

Catalonia's separatist bid: The 'hot potato' of Spanish elections

Barcelona - Catalonia's bid for independence from Spain has thrust the region's separatist movement to the forefront of Sunday's general election, forcing parties to come up with a range of proposals on how best to meet its demands.

Catalan government stands by secession plan after court annulment

Barcelona - Catalonia's regional government said Wednesday it stood by a resolution voted through by parliament last month that declared the start of a secession process from Spain, despite the constitutional court declaring it illegal.

Spain's Constitutional Court annuls Catalan independence motion

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday revoked a resolution by Catalonia's parliament that declared the start of a secession process in the wealthy northeastern region, sparking a defiant reaction from the local government.

No government for Spain's Catalonia until end of year

Barcelona - A far-left Catalan separatist party said Tuesday it would decide on December 27 whether to back the re-election of the regional government's leader.The move leaves the economically powerful region without a government until the end of the year.

Spanish bishops concerned by efforts to 'break up' Spain

Madrid - Spain's Roman Catholic bishops said Monday they were "extremely concerned" by efforts to "break up" Spanish unity, amid a strong independence drive in Catalonia.

Catalan president loses second attempt to secure new term

Barcelona - The outgoing head of the Catalan government, Artur Mas, on Thursday failed again to garner enough support in the regional parliament to secure a new term following a September vote.

Spanish govt turns to court to block Catalan independence drive

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended a resolution passed by Catalonia's parliament that declared the start of a secession process, at the request of the central government in Madrid.

Catalan government vows to push ahead with secession process

Barcelona - The Catalan government vowed Wednesday to push ahead with its secession process despite the suspension by Spain's Constitutional Court of an independence resolution passed by Catalonia's regional parliament.

Catalan independence threat could benefit PM in polls

Madrid - Catalonia may have voted to kick off a process towards independence but the wealthy region is far from breaking up with Spain, and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy could actually benefit in upcoming elections, experts say.

Spain PM launches legal bid to block Catalan independence

Madrid - Spain's conservative government filed an appeal Wednesday with the Constitutional Court to try to invalidate a resolution passed by Catalonia's parliament that declared the start of a secession process.
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