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In blow to Spain PM, key Catalan party withholds support

Madrid - A Catalan separatist party whose support is key to the investiture of Spain's new government on Thursday refused to offer its backing in a blow to Socialist premier Pedro Sanchez.

Catalan ex-minister Ponsati arrested in Scotland

Edinburgh - Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, wanted in Spain for her role in the region's unilateral bid for independence in 2017, was arrested by Scottish police on Thursday.

Catalan separatists cleared from Spain-France motorway

Le Perthus - French and Catalan police on Tuesday dispersed a group of Catalan separatists who had been blocking a motorway linking Spain and France at the border, French authorities said.

Catalan MPs irk Spain with new resolution on secession

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist-dominated parliament drew a fresh rebuke from Spain on Tuesday after approving a text in favour of self-determination, despite it being suspended just minutes earlier by the Constitutional Court.

Catalan separatists block Spain-France highway

La Jonquera - Catalan separatists blocked traffic on a motorway linking Spain and France, in a fresh protest Monday against the sentencing last month of nine of their leaders to lengthy jail terms.

Madrid and Catalan separatists locked in online battle

Madrid - When Spain's King Felipe VI and his 14-year-old daughter arrived at Barcelona airport last weekend, hackers issued a message about their whereabouts, warning protesters of three possible exits.

Catalan leader denies ties to jailed radical separatists

Barcelona - The head of Catalonia's regional government on Thursday denied having links to seven separatist activists jailed in September on suspicion of belonging to a "terrorist" group that planned to occupy the Spanish region's parliament.

Catalan radicals to vote 'Trojan horse' MPs into Spain parliament

Girona - After numerous protests in the Catalan separatist stronghold of Girona, Carla Costa is mulling other ways of attacking Spain, including the idea of voting radical pro-independence MPs into parliament to act as a Trojan Horse.

Spain re-issues international arrest warrants for 3 Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday issued international arrest warrants for three former Catalan regional government officials who fled abroad after the failed independence bid of 2017, court documents showed.

Separatists protest in Barcelona as Spain's king visits

Barcelona - Several thousand Catalan protesters massed in Barcelona on Monday seeking to disrupt a visit by King Felipe VI as the country barrelled towards another election under the shadow of the separatist crisis.

Former Catalan leader to fight Belgian extradition

Apo - Lawyers for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont vowed Tuesday to fight Spain's efforts to extradite him from Belgium on charges of sedition and misuse of public funds.

Catalan unrest makes separatist conflict 'visible': grassroots group

Barcelona - Violent protests that erupted across Catalonia after nine separatist leaders were jailed this month makes conflict over the region's place within Spain "visible" worldwide, a leading separatist said Monday."The world is like that.

Thousands rally in Catalan counter-protest

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday for Spanish unity, staging a counter-rally in Barcelona a day after 350,000 Catalan separatists held a protest over the jailing of nine regional leaders.

Thousands rally in Catalan counter-protest

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday for Spanish unity, staging a counter-rally in Barcelona a day after 350,000 Catalan separatists held a protest over the jailing of nine regional leaders.

Clashes in Barcelona after 350,000 rally in peaceful protest

Barcelona - Thousands of separatists clashed with police in central Barcelona Saturday just hours after some 350,000 demonstrators held a peaceful march in the latest mass protest over the jailing of nine separatist leaders.

Who are the youths behind the Catalonia protest violence?

Barcelona - The violent protests that have swept Catalonia over the jailing of nine separatist leaders have involved veteran anarchists and youthful troublemakers as well as outraged separatists, some of whom became radicalised only recently.

Catalan leader pledges to work for fresh independence vote

Barcelona - The president of Spain's protest-hit Catalonia region pledged Thursday to push for a new vote on secession, despite the fallout from a failed 2017 independence bid that sparked the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Nearly 100 injured in Catalan protests

Barcelona - After another night of clashes in Catalonia which left nearly 100 people injured according to emergency services, activists again blocked roads on Thursday in the northeastern region of Spain.

Destination Barcelona: separatists begin 100km 'freedom march'

Girona - In a straw hat and hiking boots, Jordi Soler set out from Girona with thousands of others on a 100-kilometre (60-mile) "freedom march" after Spain jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders. "This is to show that we can bring Catalonia to a halt...

Spain police arrest 51 people during Catalan protests

Madrid - Police in Spain said Wednesday they arrested 51 people across Catalonia overnight after violent protests over the jailing of nine separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid.

Clandestine 'tsunami' behind new wave of Catalan protests

Barcelona - With an appeal to block Barcelona's airport, a new, mysterious organisation called "Democratic Tsunami" has raised the temperature of Catalan separatist protests in Spain which until now have been peaceful.

Spain's Catalan foreign minister slams 'totalitarian' separatism

Madrid - Spain's Catalan foreign minister on Tuesday accused separatists of acting in a "totalitarian" way by excluding those in the region who were not in favour of breaking away from Spain.

'This is not over', furious Catalan separatists warn as Spain jails leaders

Barcelona - "I feel fury and a sense of powerlessness," said Joan Guich, one of thousands of people who took to the streets of Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan leaders over a failed independence bid.

Police charge separatist protesters at Barcelona airport

Barcelona - Spanish police repeatedly charged separatist demonstrators at the entrance to Barcelona's El Prat airport Monday as they protested a Supreme Court ruling that jailed nine of their leaders, an AFP correspondent said.

Angry protesters take to streets as Spain jails Catalan leaders

Barcelona - "I feel fury and a sense of powerlessness," said Joan Guich, a 19-year-old student protesting in Barcelona after Spain's Supreme Court jailed nine Catalan leaders jailed over a failed independence bid.

Unsuccessful secession stunts Catalan independence bid

Barcelona - Divided and deadlocked since the failure of their 2017 secession bid, Catalan separatists are hoping Spain's jailing of nine of 12 of their leaders will unite the ranks and give fresh impetus for change.

Jailed Oriol Junqueras, Catalonia's pragmatist professor

Barcelona - An inscrutable pragmatist with an affable nature, Oriol Junqueras is a key figure in the Catalan separatist movement who has taken the fall for a failed independence bid that sparked Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

Thousands march in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Barcelona - Thousands of people opposed to Catalan independence marched in the region's capital Saturday, Spain's national day, with the verdict in the trial of leading Catalan separatists expected early next week.

Madrid eyes fresh dialogue after Catalan separatist trial

Madrid - Madrid hopes the upcoming ruling in the case of 12 Catalan separatist leaders will enable it to open fresh dialogue with the wealthy northeastern region, a junior minister said Tuesday.

Spain's Ciudadanos moots post-vote support for Socialists

Madrid - Spain's business-friendly Ciudadanos said Saturday it would consider working with the Socialists after November's poll if it would break the political deadlock that has dragged the country to its fourth elections in as many years.
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During a match between FC Barcerlona and AC Milan at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium, the "Associació Catalana Pro Senyera més gran del món" unfurled a giant Catalan flag, covering 145,805.24 square feet (13,545.75 m2) setting a world record for the Largest flag flying in a football stadium, according to World Record Academy.
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Map of Spain and region of Catalonia
Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan  caganers  tradition.
Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan "caganers" tradition.
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Location map showing Catalonia in relation to Spain
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The village of Gausac in the Aran Valley of northwest Catalonia, which since 2015 has enjoyed considerable autonomy within the region
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Views of Rasquera
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View from Palau Nacional towards Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona.
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This ad to encourage voting in an upcoming election in Catalonian election has both the left and the right furious.
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La Seu Vella, in Lleida, Spain
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Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park), creation of Antoni Gaudí.

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