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Catalans shout 'not afraid' after minute's silence over attacks

Barcelona - A crowd in Barcelona's main square defiantly shouted "not afraid" Friday following a minute's silence attended by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI, held for the victims of a double vehicle attack.

Basques march in solidarity with Catalonia independence vote

Donostia-san Sebasti - Hundreds of Basques turned out on the streets Saturday in support of Catalonia and its planned referendum on independence from Madrid, an ambition long fought for by Basque separatists.

Spain files legal challenge to Catalan referendum move

Madrid - The Spanish government has filed an appeal with the country's constitutional court against a reform passed by the Catalan parliament to fast-track bills through the regional parliament, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday.

Catalan MPs vote disputed reform to pave way for referendum

Madrid - Catalonia's majority separatist lawmakers approved a reform Wednesday to fast-track bills through parliament, a move they hope will pave the way to holding an independence referendum banned by Madrid.

Spain threatens to cut Catalonia funds over referendum

Madrid - Spain's central government on Friday threatened to cut off funds for Catalonia unless the region's administration can prove it is not using state money to prepare a referendum on independence.

Catalonia government hit by resignations in pre-referendum crisis

Barcelona - Three prominent members of Catalonia's government have quit after cracks emerged in the Spanish region's separatist executive just months before a planned independence referendum opposed by Madrid.

Catalonia govt hit by resignations in pre-referendum crisis

Barcelona - Three prominent members of the government of Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia have resigned, its president announced Friday, just months before a planned independence referendum opposed by Madrid.

Spain PM urges calm in face of 'authoritarian delusions' in Catalonia

Madrid - Spain's prime minister called for calm Wednesday in the face of "authoritarian delusions" in Catalonia, as tensions between Madrid and separatists in the northeastern region surged over an independence drive.

Catalonia to declare immediate independence if 'yes' wins referendum

Barcelona - Catalonia will declare independence "immediately" if the region's voters opt to separate from Spain in a referendum, its ruling coalition said Tuesday as it unveiled a bill aimed at ensuring the vote takes place despite Madrid's refusal.

Catalonia to declare immediate independence if 'yes' wins referendum

Barcelona - Catalonia will declare independence "immediately" if a majority of the Spanish region's voters opt for independence in a Scotland-style referendum called for October, its ruling coalition said Tuesday.

Spanish lawmakers reject Catalan independence referendum

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers on Thursday as expected threw out a Catalan bid to hold an independence referendum which a court had already ruled illegal.

Spanish court reins in Catalan foreign policy ambitions

Madrid - Spain's constitutional court on Wednesday forbade the pro-separatist region of Catalonia from promoting its interests abroad through a foreign policy "secretariat.

Spain says bracing for rising Catalonia tensions

Madrid - Madrid is bracing for rising tensions over Catalonia's unilateral separatist drive, Spain's deputy prime minister said Monday, just days after the northeastern region announced an independence referendum for October.

Tens of thousands rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence vote

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of demonstrators including Pep Guardiola, the revered former manager of Barcelona's football club, rallied in the city on Sunday to support the Catalonia independence referendum called for October 1.

Catalan public workers caught in referendum crossfire

Barcelona - Whose orders to follow? Civil servants in Catalonia may not know which way to turn if the Spanish region holds an independence referendum that Madrid deems illegal.

Spain's Catalonia announces October independence vote

Barcelona - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, on Friday announced an independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Madrid.

Spain's Catalonia announces October independence vote

Barcelona - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, on Friday announced an independence referendum for October 1 in defiance of Madrid which is firmly against such a vote.

Spanish PM accuses Catalan separatists of 'blackmail'

Barcelona - Spain's prime minister on Monday accused Catalonia's separatist government of blackmail after a newspaper reported it was planning to declare independence unless Madrid allows the wealthy region to hold a referendum on secession.

Madrid woos separatist Catalonia with 4.2 bn-euro investment

Barcelona - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged Tuesday to invest 4.2 billion euros ($4.6 billion) in Catalonia by 2020 as a battle for hearts and minds rages between Madrid and regional authorities that want independence.

Catalonia approves budget that funds independence referendum

Madrid - Catalonia's regional parliament, which is dominated by parties that want the region to break away from Spain, approved Wednesday a 2017 budget that includes funding for an independence referendum.

Thousands rally in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Barcelona - Several thousand people, many waving Spanish and Catalan flags, rallied in Barcelona on Sunday to oppose a push by the regional government of Catalonia to break away from the rest of Spain.

Former Catalan leader given two-year public office ban

Barcelona - Former Catalan president Artur Mas was banned on Monday from holding office for two years for organising an illegal 2014 independence referendum.

Catalan legal body rules against regional government over referendum

Barcelona - A top legal body in Catalonia ruled Friday that the region's separatist government does not have the authority to call a referendum on independence.

Spanish court blocks Catalan independence vote

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court quashed Tuesday a resolution by Catalonia's regional parliament calling for a referendum on independence this year, a ruling that will further stoke tensions with Madrid.

Ex-Catalan chief's trial over independence vote ends

Barcelona - The trial of Artur Mas, former president of Spain's Catalonia region, over a non-binding independence vote in 2014 ended Friday after a day of heated courtroom exchanges.

Catalonia's former separatist leader Mas warns of backlash

Barcelona - On trial for holding a symbolic independence vote, Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas warned Madrid against implementing drastic measures to stop another such referendum -- binding this time -- from taking place as planned by his successor.

Mas: Catalonia's unlikely independence champion on trial

Madrid - Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas was not always a nationalist. But his decision to devote his political life to gaining independence from Spain ultimately landed him on the wrong side of the law.

On trial, ex-Catalan chief defends independence vote

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of supporters protested Monday in Barcelona as Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas went on trial for holding a non-binding independence referendum in 2014 -- a move he defended as legitimate.

High-profile Spain trial stokes Catalan independence fervour

Madrid - Separatists in Catalonia plan to come out in force Monday when the Spanish region's former leader, Artur Mas, stands trial over a non-binding independence referendum he held, further straining ties with Madrid.

Madrid, Catalonia tensions spike over independence

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist government hit out Thursday at reported plans by Madrid to close schools in the northeastern region and even take control of the police to stop a contested independence referendum.
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Location map showing Catalonia in relation to Spain
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View from Palau Nacional towards Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona.
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